LNG-Powered ‘Harvey Energy’ Begins Work for Shell in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

MV Harvey Energy. Photo courtesy Shell
MV Harvey Energy. Photo courtesy Shell

The first of Harvey Gulf International Marine’s LNG-powered offshore supply vessels has entered into service, marking the start of operations for the first vessel in North America to run exclusively on natural gas.

The MV Harvey Energy began its charter for Shell’s deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. The vessel will used bring supplies to many of Shell’s assets in the region, such as the new Olympus platform.

“Shell is delighted to be the customer of this innovative vessel,” said John Hollowell, Executive Vice President, Deep Water, 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.”

Built at Gulf Coast Shipyard in Mississippi, the 302-foot MV Harvey Energy operates on three dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines. The vessel will run on 99% LNG fuel and will be able to operate for around seven days before refueling. The vessel will load from Harvey Gulf’s new LNG bunkering facility, the first such facility in the U.S., at their terminal at Port Fourchon. Two more LNG-fueled vessels are expected to follow.

Christian Buelow, General Manager 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, noted, “Harvey Gulf is excited to share these historical maritime events with Shell, The ‘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.”

Harvey Energy and its sister vessels meet the stringent requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation, making them the most environmentally friendly Offshore Supply Vessels in Gulf of Mexico. In addition to using LNG as a fuel, the OSV will also use high efficient Gadinia 40 as its engine oil.