The Harvey Liberty, chartered from Harvey Gulf International Marine, will join her sister ships, the Harvey Energy and Harvey Power, and support Shell’s deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico by transporting supplies, equipment, and drilling fluids.
The 302-ft (92-m) long vessel operates on three dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines, runs on 99% LNG fuel, and can operate for up to 15 days before refueling. It will load from Harvey Gulf’s new LNG bunkering facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
The LNG-powered vessels provide vessel owners an alternative fuel to meet sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations in the North American Emission Control Area.
Tahir Faruqui, Shell’s general manager LNG North America, said: “This is an important milestone for Shell and Harvey Gulf. The Harvey Liberty highlights our efforts to grow LNG as a fuel in the transport sector, and is a welcome addition to our portfolio.”