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First LNG-powered ship in US built in Gulfport

March 14, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The first liquefied natural gas-powered vessel operating in the United States and built by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group is in service for Shell Upstream America’s deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1NVmHyi ) the vessel Harvey Energy is capable of operating on LNG or diesel.

Operator Harvey Gulf International Marine says the vessel is a product of complex engineering and sophisticated building.

It is the first of six LNG vessels being built for Harvey Gulf at GCSG’s Gulfport shipyard.

When operating on LNG, the Harvey Energy meets the new Tier IV sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations, which is part of the North American Emission Control Area.

The vessel is able to operate on LNG for seven days before refueling. It will refuel with LNG at Harvey Gulf’s new LNG bunkering facility at Port Fourchon in Louisiana, which provides access to more than 600 oil and gas rigs and platforms within a 40-mile radius.

The vessel is capable of carrying 253,000 gallons of fuel oil, 18,000 barrels of liquid mud, 1,600 barrels of methanol, 10,250 cubic feet of dry cement and 78,000 gallons of LNG fuel.

“The vessel represents the highest form of meeting market, regulatory and environmental demand with solutions for each,” said John Dane III, GCSG president. “We are honored to be part of this historic vessel, setting new building standards for our clients and working in partnership with pioneering companies like Harvey Gulf.”

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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