Since launching its first offshore supply vessel powered by liquefied natural gas in 2015, Harvey Gulf International Marine of New Orleans company remains alone in providing clean gas-fueled support services in the Gulf of Mexico.
Since launching the Harvey Energy, the nearly 65-year-old company now has five dual-fuel LNG vessels under contract to provide platform support services to deepwater operators, WorkBoat reports. The sister vessels operate out Louisiana’s Port Fourchon, where Harvey Gulf operates a one-of-a-kind fueling dock with 300,000 gallons of LNG capacity.
In addition to being powered by cleaner burning natural gas, the vessels bear the “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” certification by the American Bureau of Shipping. They were the first OSV’s to achieve this certification.
A Congressional Research Service analysis released earlier this year noted LNG is more cost effective than oil-based products as a maritime fuel. “Recent trends suggest that LNG may be cheaper in the long run than conventional fuels,” the report concluded.