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Shell charters first Harvey Gulf LNG-fuelled OSV

Shell has chartered an LNG-fuelled OSV from Harvey Gulf International Marine for operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 92m long Harvey Energy operates on three Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines, running on 99% LNG fuel, and will be able to operate for around seven days before refuelling at Harvey Gulf’s new LNG bunkering facility at their terminal at Port Fourchon. Harvey Energy will service Shell’s platforms with equipment and drilling fluids.

“Shell is delighted to be the customer of this innovative vessel,” said John Hollowell, executive vp, deepwater, Shell Upstream Americas. “It is a pleasure to partner with Harvey Gulf on this pioneering project. Shell’s investment underlines our confidence in LNG becoming a bigger part of the global fuel mix.”

Christian Buelow, gm Shell Downstream LNG Americas, added, “I’m pleased to see this first-of-its-kind vessel operating in North America. Shell continues to look in to the commercial opportunity of supplying LNG fuel to customers in the region – both marine and road transport customers.”

Harvey Gulf International Marine’s ceo and chairman, Shane Guidry, said “Harvey Gulf is excited to share these historical maritime events with Shell, Harvey Energy and her sister ships exemplify Harvey Gulf’s commitment to Shell and our customers to bring the best available environmentally friendly technology to the market. We understand the environmental regulatory issues facing our customers and this new build program’s focus has been to work closely with them to address and mitigate these issues.”

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