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Gulf of Mexico: Harvey Gulf to Build LNG Marine Fueling Facility in Port Fourchon

Harvey Gulf International Marine CEO, Shane Guidry, announced that Harvey Gulf has secured plans to construct and operate the first LNG marine fueling facility in the United States, to be located at its vessel facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

The fueling facility will be a vital addition to the growing national LNG supply infrastructure, supporting critical operations of the oil and gas industry’s offshore support vessel fleet operating on clean burning LNG.

Mr. Guidry commented: “To date, Harvey Gulf is the only company in North America that has committed $400M USD to build, own and operate LNG powered offshore support vessels as we’ll as two LNG fueling docks. It is clear that Harvey Gulf’s entire organization is committed to do its part to help reduce our impact on the environment.”

To support the development of the LNG fueling facility, Harvey Gulf has secured CH•IV International of Houston, Texas as the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor. The facility will consist of two sites each having 270,000 gallons of LNG storage capacity. The tanks will be stainless steel Type ‘C’ pressure vessels with vacuum insulation and carbon steel exteriors. Each facility will be able to transfer 500 gallons of LNG per minute. Aside from the facilities primary role of supporting the Oil and Gas Industry, the facility will be capable of supporting over-the-road vehicles that operate on LNG. The estimate to complete the first site is February 2014, with the second site following shortly thereafter.

Expanding on its commitment to safety and security of vessel operations and port facilities, Harvey Gulf has actively enlisted the expertise of the USCG to participate at all levels of the development of this facility. Mr. Guidry noted “the success of our LNG new build program would not be possible without the gracious cooperation and commitment of the USCG personnel.”

Harvey Gulf also announced the signing of a 6th Offshore Support Vessel to be built at Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (formerly Trinity Offshore) in Gulfport, MS. With this 6th vessel, Harvey Gulf will become the largest owner and operator of LNG powered OSV’s in the world. These OSV’s represent an ongoing collaborative effort by the vessel designer, Harvey Gulf, ABS and the USCG to develop the most environmentally friendly OSV’s that will operate in the Gulf of Mexico, complying with the stringent ABS Enviro+ notation. With 43 persons on board, the vessels, carrying over 16,000 Bbls of liquid mud, 10,000 cu.ft. of dry cement and 1,500 Bbls of Methanol, are 302′x64′x24.5′ with 7,530 installed kW powering 2,700 kW z-drives.

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DOF Subsea Charters Harvey Gulf’s Newbuild CSV

DOF Subsea USA has entered into a long-term charter agreement with Harvey Gulf International Marine for the new build DP II Multipurpose Construction Vessel, the Harvey Deep-Sea. The four year charter agreement will commence upon delivery of the vessel from Easter Shipyard, Florida in June 2013.

The vessel is the only new build Jones Act compliant construction vessel available to the market until the latter part of 2015.

Since 2010, DOF Subsea North America has experienced strong growth in capability and market recognition, delivering to the DOF Subsea Group important and challenging projects using the existing Atlantic fleet. This charter is an integral part of DOF Subsea’s planned expansion strategy as a global service provider for the deep-water offshore Survey, IMR and Construction market.

World Maritime News – DOF Subsea Charters Harvey Gulf’s Newbuild CSV.

USA: Eastern Shipbuilding Launches Harvey Deep‐Sea Vessel for Harvey Gulf

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announces the launch of the HARVEY DEEP‐SEA, the fourth of its Tiger Shark Class Offshore Support Vessels being constructed for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans, LA.

The HARVEY DEEP‐SEA was launched on Wednesday December 12th, 2012 after successfully completing all regulatory hull exams. The HARVEY DEEP‐SEA is Eastern’s second Construction Vessel (LCV) for Harvey Gulf. Eastern Shipbuilding Group has constructed 10 vessels for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC since 2002.

The HARVEY DEEP SEA is an ABS A1, AMS,  ACCU, Circle E, Enviro +, Green Passport (GP), NBLES, CRC, HELIDK Offshore Support Vessel and certified under SOLAS. ABS class includes the ABS DPS‐2 notation and FIFI 2. It is AC Diesel‐Electric powered with twin Schottel Z‐drives and it measures 302’ X 64’ X 24’‐6”. This Multi‐Purpose Construction Vessel (LCV), the HARVEY DEEP‐SEA, will be equipped with an active heave‐compensated, National Oilwell Varco 165‐ton knuckle boom crane capable of lifting/setting 100 tons at depths up to 10,000 ft. The HARVEY DEEP‐SEA is scheduled for final outfitting and delivery in the summer of 2013. This vessel will fill a niche in a very selective market.

At the 33rd annual 2012 International Workboat Show in New Orleans LA, Harvey Gulf International received the Outstanding Environmental Initiative Award. Harvey Gulf International has constructed a series of diesel electric OSV’s at Eastern Shipbuilding Group that meet ABS ENVIRO+, Green Passport (GP) notation requirements.

“These vessels exceed current environmental requirements and follow strict company policies, thus helping to further reduce air and water pollution. The vessels were also constructed with environmentally friendly materials that can be completely recycled or broken down without harm to the environment where possible” commented Bruce Buls, Workboat Magazine’s technical editor and one of the award judges.

Founded in 1955, Harvey Gulf International Marine is a marine transportation company that specializes in towing drilling rigs and providing offshore supply and multi‐purpose support vessels for deepwater operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Tens of thousands of man‐hours of labor were required to complete this stage of construction. At Wednesday’s launch hundreds of Bay County residents, workers, and their families gathered around to watch the christening and launch at Eastern’s Allanton Facility.

Brian R. D’Isernia, the President/CEO of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, said Eastern has built over 300 ships using local workers and that has had an important economic impact on the local area.

“The construction of this vessel involved hiring citizens from Panama City, Bay County and Northwest Florida. America can do it. We’re doing it, and in doing so, we’re providing jobs for ourselves, members of our communities, and their families,” said D’Isernia.

On December 10, 2012 Eastern Shipbuilding Group was awarded the Governor’s Top Job Producer Award presented to Brian R. D’Isernia by Florida’s Governor Rick Scott. This award is given annually to the top job producers that are dedicated to Florida’s economic development and job creation efforts.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has two shipbuilding facilities in Panama City, Florida and has been in business since 1976 building, converting and repairing steel and aluminum vessels of all types including tugs, barges, offshore support vessels, research vessels, firefighting vessels, crew vessels, barges, ferries, passenger vessels, fishing vessels and towboats.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group is currently under contract to build fifteen (15) large Diesel Electric Offshore Supply Vessels of its “Tiger Shark” series for customers in the United States and in Brazil. These new contracts will maintain Eastern’s role as one of the largest manufacturers of OSV’s in the United States. In anticipation of upcoming manpower requirements the company has expanded its training programs. Eastern currently has over 1300 employees, and expects to have more than 300 new employees in all shipbuilding trades to fulfill future additional contracts.

Subsea World News – Eastern Shipbuilding Launches Harvey Deep‐Sea Vessel for Harvey Gulf, USA.

Finland: Wartsila to Provide Propulsion for Harvey’s New LNG OSVs

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Finland-based Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading gas solutions provider, has been awarded a contract to deliver an integrated propulsion system for two additional LNG offshore support vessels (OSV) to Harvey Gulf International Marine.

The order, placed last week,  takes Harvey Gulf to a fleet of four LNG OSVs on order, establishing the company as the world’s second largest operator of LNG powered OSVs. Wärtsilä will deliver an integrated system that includes the dual-fuel machinery, electrical and automation package, complete propulsion, and also the LNG fuel storage and gas conditioning system. The LNG storage capacity provides for more than a week of vessel operational time.

Harvey Gulf CEO Shane J. Guidry, says, “Harvey Gulf’s decision to become the leader in Clean Gulf of Mexico operations has been enthusiastically accepted by oil company executives, and was the impetus for adding two additional LNG dual-fuel vessels to the fleet. These vessels, like their two sisterships, will meet the highest emission standards that exist today – and even higher standards that haven’t been created yet. We recognize the strong stance on environmental protection by the administration in the wake of the oil spill, and are doing our part to respond to it and provide our customers support for their environmental commitments.”

“Harvey Gulf’s original order of complete integrated solutions from Wärtsilä has facilitated the development of an excellent working relationship between Harvey Gulf, STX USA Marine, Trinity Offshore and Wärtsilä. The challenges of bringing a new technology to the US market are being met effectively, and this strong teamwork between suppliers will ensure that Harvey Gulf is delivered state-of-the-art vessels that provide clean, safe, efficient, reliable and competitive operations. This order for two additional LNG powered vessels further demonstrates that Harvey Gulf is an industry leader and that the move to LNG as a marine fuel in the US has begun,” states Pete Jacobs, Business Development Manager, Offshore at Wärtsilä North America.

“We are witnessing a true paradigm change, and it’s a very exciting time for LNG fuelled vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Millennia ago the shift was oar to sail, two centuries ago it was sail to steam, a century ago steam to diesel, and now it’s a new era for gas. We are pleased to continue as a partner with Harvey Gulf as they reaffirm their commitment by adding more safe and clean LNG fuelled vessels to their modern fleet,” adds John Hatley, Vice President Ship Power, Wärtsilä North America.

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USA: Harvey Orders More LNG OSVs from Trinity

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Harvey Gulf International Marine ordered two additional 302’ X 64’, Dual Fuel Offshore Supply Vessels, bringing its total order to four.

The contract signed today with Trinity Offshore is a follow on to the first two vessel order placed in October of 2011. Trinity will build all four vessels at their Gulfport, MS shipyard where the first Harvey Gulf LNG Powered Vessel hull fabrication was started last week.

In addition to being powered by cleaner burning natural gas, the vessels will achieve “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” Certification by the American Bureau of Shipping. The requirements for this certification include, among others, that the vessels be continuously manned with a certified Environmental Officer, be completely constructed with certified environmentally friendly materials, and have advanced alarms for fuel tanks and containment systems. Along with Harvey Gulf’s other vessels under construction, these will be the first OSV’s to achieve this certification, making them the most environmental friendly OSV’s in Gulf of Mexico.

Harvey Gulf CEO Shane J. Guidry announced the signing: “Harvey Gulf’s decision to become the leader in “Clean” Gulf of Mexico operations has been enthusiastically accepted by oil company executives and was the impetus for adding two additional LNG Dual Fuel vessels to the fleet. These vessels, like their two sisterships, will meet the highest emissions standards that exist today and even higher standards that haven’t been created yet. We recognize the strong stance on environmental protection by the administration in the wake of the oil spill and are doing our part to respond to it and provide our customers support for their environmental commitments.

John Dane III, Trinity’s President and CEO, stated “This follow on order is a significant milestone for our shipyard and will increase employment by hundreds at its peak during the next 36 months.”

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