U.S. shipbuilder Harvey Gulf International Marine, based in New Orleans, Lousiana, has signed long term charters for three of the four liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled Offshore Supply Vessels currently under construction, reports Marine Log. The LNG-fueled Harvey Energy, Harvey Power and Harvey Liberty will begin providing deepwater OSV services immediately upon delivery in 2013 and 2014.
The long term charters make Harvey Gulf the first company to build and contract LNG powered OSVs for deepwater exploration and production in America. CEO Shane Guidry says the early provision of LNG OSVs captures natural gas fuel price advantage and complies with the new emissions rules under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
The North American Emission Control Area (ECA), which came into effect 1 August 2012, sets stringent controls on sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter emissions for ships trading off the coasts of Canada and the United States.