LNG bunkering first

New Orleans: Harvey Gulf Marine International made maritime history in North America today by being not only the first owner/operator of a dual fuel offshore support vessel to bunker LNG as a marine fuel but to also successfully complete the first truck to vessel transfer of LNG and to power the Harvey Energy on LNG.

The Harvey Energy built at GCSG in Gulfport is powered by three Wartsila 6L34DF dual fuel gensets providing 7.5MW of power fuelled by Wartsila’s LNGPac system.

This historic bunkering took place at a shore-based terminal owned by a subsidiary of Martin Midstream Partners in Pascagoula.
The cool-down process took approximately 12 hours to achieve the desired tank temperature and pressure utilizing 3,800 gallons of nitrogen. The LNG bunkering was successfully completed within a few hours of cool-down. The Harvey Energy will next proceed to LNG trials before delivery.

Shane Guidry, chairman and ceo of Harvey Gulf, commented. “Today’s historic event is an example of Harvey Gulf’s commitment to their customers and the environment to provide the most affordable, innovative, environmentally friendly technology solutions to meet their business demands.”

In concert with the Harvey Energy, Harvey Gulf is preparing to operate the first LNG marine fuelling facility in the United States, located at its vessel facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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