LNG The Marlin Class ship will be homeported in Jacksonville, FL, and will enter service in late 2015 and early 2016. To ensure a reliable source of fuel, TOTE recently inked a deal with Pivotal LNG and WesPac Midstream to provide LNG to the ships. Pivotal LNG, Inc. and WesPac plan to create a joint venture that will develop a new LNG plant in Jacksonville.
First boat launch For pioneer harvey GulF Meanwhile, the Harvey Energy, the first of six dual fuel Platform Supply Vessels for Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) was launched at the Gulfport, MS, shipyard of Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG), Inc. in January. HGIM has options to build an additional four dual fuel PSVs. Designed by STX Marine, Inc., which has offices in Vancouver, BC, and Houston, TX, the 302 ft x 64 ft dual fuel PSVs position Harvey Gulf as a leader in the application of LNG as a marine fuel and demonstrate GCSG’s ability to meet marketplace demand. “The launch of the first vessel of its kind in the United States, with another five to follow, demonstrates the commitment both Gulf Coast Shipyard Group and Harvey Gulf have to providing engineering solutions to advance environmental technologies,” says John Dane III, GCSG President and CEO. Based on STX Marine’s SV310DF design, the dual fuel PSVs reflect a strong European influence. “We don’t see LNG vessels specifically being the reason to see a move to European designs,” says Dave McMillan, President of STX Marine. “Overall, implementation of the Energy Efficiency Index (EEDI) will drive OSV designs to lower resistance hullforms and other energy saving measures. If and when the oil majors realize how much more they pay for fuel on current high block coefficient designs, then changes will occur. It comes down to the overall transportation efficiency North American designs are higher deadweight but less fuel.” As we reported previously, GCSG has leased some additional space at the Port of Gulfport to support the construction of the six dual fuel PSVs. HGIM could expand its $350 million newbuilding program with options to build four more of the vessels. Recently, HGIM broke ground for construction at its Port Fourchon, LA, terminal of its $25 million Phase 1, Slip B, LNG fueling facility. HGIM CEO Shane Guidry called the event “another significant step in the path for Harvey Gulf to establish itself as the nation’s leader in utilizing LNG as a marine fuel.” When operational later this year, the facility—the first of its kind in the U.S.
— will support the operations of both the oil and gas industry’s offshore fleet, as well as over-the-road vehicles operating on LNG. It will consist of two sites each having 270,000 gallons of LNG storage capacity and the ability to transfer 500 gallons of LNG per minute. As of yet, however, no other OSV operators have jumped into the LNG as fuel pool. Overall, implementation of the Energy Efficiency Index will drive OSV designs to lower resistance hullforms and other energy
saving measures. If/when the oil majors realize how much more they pay for fuel on current high block coefficient designs then changes will occur. Bill Lind, Vice President of Operations for STX Marine, says, “It seems as if the OSV clients in the U.S. are waiting for the Harvey Gulf vessels to go into service before further dual fuel vessel orders are placed. Although many hurdles have been successfully crossed, both development of infrastructure and bunkering remain to be done.” ■
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