Wärtsilä-Powered Harvey Freedom and Harvey America
For Five Years as Operator Named Shipowner of the Year,
Deal Signed ‘During One of the Softest OSV Markets in Decades’
Harvey Gulf International Marine said Monday that it has signed five-year charter contracts for two more of its liquefied natural gas-fueled offshore supply vessels. The charters for Harvey Freedom and Harvey America will commence upon delivery of the two ships, which are the fourth and fifth of the series of six Wärtsilä 34DF-powered OSVs from the Harvey Gulf yard at Gulfport, Miss.
The first two vessels, Harvey Energy and Harvey Power, are in service with Shell. The third, Harvey Liberty, is to be delivered, likewise for service with Shell, in the coming weeks.
Harvey Freedom and Harvey America will be put to work in the first quarter and latter part of 2017, respectively.
‘Clear Advantage’ for LNG
The two new five-year charters “come during one of the softest OSV markets in decades, demonstrating a clear advantage for clean-burning LNG power,” Harvey Gulf said.
“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all Harvey Gulf employees,” company CEO Shane Guidry said in a release. “It shows our company culture of putting safety first, paying attention to detail, and planning for the future needs of our industry and customers.”
Port Fourchon Open for LNG Bunkering
Harvey Gulf also spread the word this month that its LNG bunkering facility at Port Fourchon at the southernmost point of Louisiana, is open for business. The first short-to-ship bunkering operation, of Harvey Energy, took place there at the end of January (HHP Insight, January 29).
Harvey detailed “the opening of the first marine LNG fueling terminal in North America” and the 2.25-hour transfer of some 43,000 gallons of LNG in an announcement on February 11.
‘At the Epicenter’
The terminal is designed to meet the requirements of 33 CFR part 127 NFPA 59A, Harvey said. It can deliver LNG at a pumping rate of 550 GMP. Total onsite storage is approximately 270,000 gallons contained in three 90,000-gallon Type C vacuum insulated tanks supplied by Lockheed Martin.
“With the completion of our LNG terminal at Port Fourchon, we are able to provide a LNG bunkering point at the epicenter of marine operations for the Gulf of Mexico, which is vital to continuing the shift to LNG as a marine fuel,” said CEO Guidry.
In addition to providing the LNG-diesel dual fuel engine for the Harvey Gulf OSVs, Wärtsilä provided the control system for the port Fourchon bunkering facility (HHPi, August 18, 2014).
Shipowner of the Year
Harvey Gulf International Marine was named Shipowner of the Year by the Offshore Support Journal at its annual conference in London earlier this month.
The Riviera Maritime Media publication said that Harvey Gulf, “above all other companies, has shown excellence in the operation of its ship(s) and has, in the past year, demonstrated an exemplary record of achievement in the management of one or more of business development and growth, of safety, quality, efficiency and environmental sustainability.”
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Source: Harvey Gulf with HHP Insight follow-up