America’s first LNG-fueled OSV goes to work in Gulf of Mexico ///

The first U.S.-flagged, dual-fuel support vessel is now on the job in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. In February, it began work under a five-year deepwater contract with Shell, says its developer, Harvey Gulf International Marine. When the 302-ft newbuild Harvey Energy set sail from Harvey Gulf’s Port Fourchon support base, it broke ground as the only support vessel in North America fueled by LNG. It is the first of at least six dual-fueled offshore support vessels (OSVs) that Harvey Gulf is having built at the Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) in Gulfport, Miss. The first three LNG-fueled newbuilds are under five-year contracts with Shell, says Chad Verret, Harvey Gulf’s executive V.P. of Alaska & LNG Operations.

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