Harvey Gulf International Marine has secured plans to construct and operate the first Liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine fueling facility in the United States, to be located at its vessel facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Harvey Gulf operates LNG-fuelled Offshore Supply Vessels and has just placed an order for its sixth OSV. Altogether the company has committed USD 400 million for two LNG refuelling docks and its fleet of LNG OSVs.
The LNG refueling facility, consisting of two sites each with 270,000 gallons of LNG storage capacity, will be able to refuel at a rate of 500 gal/min. Completion of the first site is planned for early 2014, to be flowed shortly thereafter by the second site.
The facility will also have capacity to refuel on-road vehicles as part of the USA’s growing network of LNG stations aimed at supporting heavy duty trucking.
Expanding on its commitment to safety and security of vessel operations and port facilities, Harvey Gulf has actively enlisted the expertise of the USCG (coast guard) through all development stages.
Shane Guidry, CEO of Harvey Gulf noted “the success of our LNG new build program would not be possible without the gracious cooperation and commitment of the USCG personnel.”
Harvey Gulf’s 6th Offshore Support Vessel will be built at Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (formerly Trinity Offshore) in Gulfport, MS. With this 6th vessel, Harvey Gulf will apparently become the largest owner and operator of LNG powered OSV’s in the world. These OSV’s represent an ongoing collaborative effort by the vessel designer, Harvey Gulf, ABS and the USCG to develop the most environmentally friendly OSV’s that will operate in the Gulf of Mexico, complying with the stringent ABS Enviro+ notation. With 43 persons on board, the vessels, carrying over 16,000 Bbls of liquid mud, 10,000 cu.ft. of dry cement and 1,500 Bbls of Methanol, are 302′x64′x24.5′ with 7,530 installed kW powering 2,700 kW z-drives.
Founded in 1955, Harvey Gulf is a privately owned and operated marine transportation company that specializes in towing drilling rigs and providing offshore supply and multi-purpose dive support vessels for deepwater operations.
(Source: Harvey Gulf)