Shell deploys third LNG-powered offshore supply vessel in the Gulf of Mexico
Shell Offshore Inc. has taken delivery of its third LNG-powered offshore supply vessel in Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
TheHarvey Liberty, chartered from Harvey Gulf International Marine, will join her sister ships, the Harvey EnergyandHarvey 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. TheHarvey Liberty highlights our efforts to grow LNG as a fuel in the transport sector, and is a welcome addition to our portfolio.”