Shell has taken delivery of another gas-powered Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) for deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel, chartered from specialist company Harvey Gulf International Marine, is the second one in the region to run on both Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and diesel. The Harvey Power will run on 99% LNG fuel. “I’m pleased to see the second vessel now operating in North America, said Christian Buelow, Shell’s General Manager Downstream LNG Americas. “I’m delighted to be working with Harvey Gulf on this pioneering project and Shell is proud to be leading in the development of LNG fuel in shipping.”
Like its predecessor the vessel will load from Harvey Gulf’s LNG bunkering facility currently under construction at their terminal at Port Fourchon. Port Fourchon is Louisiana’s southernmost port, with more than 600 oil and gas drilling rigs and platforms located within a 40-mile radius. From there the Harvey Power will go to Shell’s platforms, such as the new Olympus production platform, bringing equipment and drilling fluids.
Both the Harvey Energy and Harvey Power vessels will meet the stringent requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation, making them the most environmentally friendly Offshore Supply Vessels in Gulf of Mexico.
Harvey Gulf International Marine’s CEO and Chairman, Shane Guidry, noted, “Harvey Gulf is excited to share these historical maritime events with Shell. The ‘Harvey Power’ and her sister ships exemplify Harvey Gulf’s commitment to Shell and our customers to bring the best available environmentally friendly technology to the market.”