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Shell, Harvey Gulf pioneer LNG offshore supply vessel

LNG Industry,

Shell and Harvey Gulf International have put in service the first LNG-fuelled offshore supply vessel.

The vessel will bring supplies to many of Shell’s assets in the Gulf of Mexico, including the company’s new Olympus platform.

The ‘Harvey Energy’ vessel.

LNG vs diesel

The vessel, chartered from Harvey Gulf, is the first of its kind in the region to run on both LNG and diesel. Two more LNG-powered vessels are expected to follow.

The ‘Harvey Energy’ vessel is 302 ft long and operates on three dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines. It will run on 99% LNG fuel and will be able to operate for approximately seven days before refuelling. It will load from Harvey Gulf’s new LNG bunkering facility at their terminal at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, US.

Marlon Reyes Granados, Business Development Advisor Downstream LNG, Shell, Chad Verret, Executive Vice President Alaska and LNG Operations, Harvey Gulf, Christian Buelow, General Manager Downstream LNG Americas, Shell, Christopher Hogan, Business Development Advisor Downstream LNG, Shell.


John Hollowell, Executive VP, Deep Water, Shell Upstream Americas

“Shell is delighted to be the customer of this innovative vessel. 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, General Manager Downstream LNG Americas

“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.”

Shane Guidry, CEO and Chairman, Harvey Gulf International Marine

“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.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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