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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Harvey Gulf News

Q-LNG, VTHM Execute LOI for Another LNG Bunkering Vessel

Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport, LLC (“Q-LNG”) announced its further commitment to support the cruise line industry and its liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) marine fueling needs by executing a letter of intent (“LOI”) with VT Halter Marine, Inc. (“VT Halter”) to construct an 8,000m3 LNG Bunkering Vessel on speculation.CEO, Shane Guidry, commented, “With the past and recent announcements by major cruise lines to build and deliver LNG powered cruise ships to the U.S. market…

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LNG Bunker Barge Completes Trials

Harvey Gulf announced the successful completion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) trials for the Conrad-built 2,200 cubic meter bunkering barge, Clean Jacksonville, using Harvey Gulf’s LNG Bunkering Facility in Port Fourchon, La.The box shaped barge arrived 15 days ago to the Harvey Gulf LNG terminal where Harvey’s LNG staff developed terminal specific procedures for review and approval by USCG. These procedures outlined the safe and efficient means of loading and receiving LNG for the trials on the bunker barge.

Port Canaveral: Leveraging the Past, Building for the Future

The East Coast’s most diversified cruise port is poised for an exciting run at the future. Almost 38 years ago, Port Canaveral, Florida had some minor cargo traffic, a large U.S. Navy presence, some submarines, and was homeport to an obscure fleet of specialized Military Sealift Command missile tracking vessels. And, not much else. Those who called at the port in those days couldn’t possibly have visualized then what the port has now become. That’s because the first cruise vessel…

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Green Shipping: Cargo Carriers Clutch at Compliance

LNG looms as the bridge to a ‘zero emissions’ future for shipping. The advent of industry wide tightening of allowable sulfur emissions is getting nearer. Suddenly, with the deadline now just one year away, the countdown clock will very soon be ticking much louder. Simply stated, the cap on allowable sulfur content in marine fuels, presently at 3.5 percent in many geographical regions, will be reduced to 0.5 percent in January 2020. The 0.1 percent sulfur cap, already in effect since 2015 in coastal Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) in Europe and North America, will remain.

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ABS to Class LNG Bunker Barge

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, was selected by Q-LNG, LLC, to class an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) for LNG bunkering in North America. The vessel is scheduled to begin construction at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in early 2018. “This project represents another significant milestone for the region in the continued development of LNG infrastructure in North America, helping the maritime industry meet stricter emissions requirements,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki.

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä to Equip US LNG Fueling Barge

Wärtsilä said it will provide a broad scope of products and solutions for a new articulated tug barge (ATB) that will be used to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to cruise ships along the east coast of Florida, U.S. The 4,000 m3 capacity ATB is being built at the VT Halter Marine (VTHM) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. on behalf of Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport LLC (Q-LNG). When delivered, the vessel will be on a long-term charter with Shell Oil Co. The barge will be fitted with a Wärtsilä LNG cargo storage, handling and control system.

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Shell Charters LNG Bunker Barge in US

Shell Trading (US) Company announced it has finalized a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport, LLC for an LNG bunker barge with the capacity to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG fuel. As the first of its kind to be based in the United States, the ocean-going LNG bunker barge will supply LNG to marine customers along the southern East Coast of the U.S. and support growing cruise line demand for LNG marine fuel. "This investment in LNG as a marine fuel for the US will provide the shipping industry with a fuel that helps meet tougher emissions regulations from 2020…

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Harvey Gulf's Formula for Success

A formula for success – in good times and bad: Harvey Gulf International Marine hasn’t deviated from its long term plans and goals, even as the price of oil negatively impacts all sectors. Apparently, this isn’t rocket science. According to Dr. Loren C. Scott, an industry analyst, retired professor and economist from Louisiana State University, U.S. oil production is up 85 percent since 2008 – the highest growth of any country in the world, over that period. Shale oil is largely responsible for that trend…

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US Boatbuilding: Exports Buoy Bottom Lines

Market conditions dampen some future prospects, but domestic yards have proven that they can compete overseas, and will do so again when the time is right. These are ‘interesting’ times for U.S. shipbuilders. The tail end of one of the biggest boom cycles seen in the last 50 years also finds some builders at the pointy end of once-fat backorder books and searching for new sources of business. This point in the cycle, however, also provides ample proof that U.S. yards can do more than produce expensive blue water Jones Act hulls for the domestic markets.

Left to Right: Chris Desmond (LR), Dean Shoultz (MCFO), Rafael Riva (LR), Michael Klein-Urena (LR) and David Hanowski (MCFO)

Lloyd’s Register, MarineCFO Partner to Provide Turnkey SubM Solutions

Industry Innovators Combine to lead US Towing Vessel Compliance. Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has formally announced to the United States Coast Guard its intention to assume Subchapter M Third Party Organization duties effective immediately. This message was followed by the signing of an exclusive Subchapter M joint marketing agreement between Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. and workboat technology provider MarineCFO, who will jointly bring comprehensive solutions for compliance with Subchapter M.

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Cathelco: BWT System Ready for USCG Type Approval

Cathelco have submitted a Letter of Intent to the U.S. Coast Guard verifying readiness to begin testing their ballast water treatment (BWT) system for Type Approval. The tests will be carried out under FDA/CMFDA methodology where life forms are judged as living/dead, the standard that the U.S. Coast Guard insists must be applied to ballast water treatment systems. At the same time, the tests will meet the expected revised standards of the new draft of the IMO G8 Guidelines. “Our system has already received IMO Type Approval and AMS Certification from the USCG.

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Bright Future for LNG Bunkering - TMR

Transparency Market Research (TMR) have given a detailed insights and analysis of the global market for LNG bunkering fuel in its recently published market research report. On the basis of capacity, the market, which had a valuation of mere 70 kilo tons in 2013, is projected to expand at an astounding 63.6% CAGR between 2014 and 2025 and reach 22,540 kilo tons by 2025. The report includes an analysis of market’s historical statistics to present an overview of the growth trajectory…

(Clockwise from top left) John Danos, Marc Distefano and Jack Roszelle Photos Danos

Danos Appoints 3 to Sr. Positions

Danos announces the hiring of Marc Distefano, John Danos and Jack Roszelle to leadership positions with the company. “We welcome Marc, John and Jack to the Danos team,” said CEO and President Hank Danos. John Danos (no relation) serves as construction division general manager, working to develop a best practices foundation for the way Danos executes projects in conjunction with the company’s project management group. Prior to joining Danos, he held leadership positions at J. Ray McDermott, International Offshore Services, International Construction Group and Harvey Gulf International Marine.

Billy Smith (Photo Trinity Yachts)

Billy Smith Rejoins Trinity Yachts

William S. Smith III (Billy) has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Trinity Yachts effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Shane Guidry, president and CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine. Smith previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at Trinity Yachts and Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG), a position which was eliminated upon the purchase of the companies by Harvey Gulf on June 25, 2015. Smith is a founding member and current board member of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss)…

Gulf Coast Shipyard (Photo: HGIM)

Harvey Gulf Acquires Shipbuilding Assets

Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) is launching a new affiliate, Harvey Shipyard Group, to manage its shipbuilding assets, the company announced today. Harvey Shipyard Group is acquiring Gulf Coast Shipyard (Gulfport, Miss.) and Trinity Yachts (New Orleans, La.). HGIM Chairman and CEO Shane J. HGIM said it intends to work with its affiliates to catapult the Gulf Coast Shipyard, which constructed the nation’s first LNG OSVs for the offshore market, in addition to tank and hot oil barges. HGIM alone is investing $350 million to construct its dual-fuel fleet.

Signet Continues US Expansion

Signet continues Gulf of Mexico expansion and opens U.S. Signet Maritime Corporation informs it has completed Phase II of a $250 million capital expansion program with the acquisition and integration of the Harvey Gulf OTV fleet. The corporate strategy was to design and own vessels for multidisciplinary work, and diversify with the addition of the powerful offshore vessels, enabling Signet to broaden its services into new market segments, the company explained. Continuing this U.S.

SGMF Interviews Members from Dixon Valve & Coupling

The Society for Gas and Marine Fuel (SGMF) recently interviewed members with Sean Andersen and Tony Haston of Dixon Valve & Coupling, who weighed in on their company, its products, operations and place within the marine fuels industry. Dixon Valve & Coupling - who are you and what do you do? What products/services do you provide? Dixon, founded in 1916, is a premier global manufacturer and supplier of hose couplings, valves, dry disconnects, swivels and other fluid transfer and control products.

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Gulf of Mexico Sees First LNG-powered OSV

A special Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) has been delivered to Shell for its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel, Harvey Energy, is chartered from Harvey Gulf International Marine and is the first of its kind in the region to run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel. Built by the Gulf Coast Shipyard in Mississippi to meet requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation, the vessel is 302 feet long and operates on three dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines. It will run on 99% LNG fuel and will be able to operate for around seven days before refueling.

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Harvey Gulf Claims Another LNG Milestone

Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC made maritime history in North America last week by being not only the first owner/operator of a dual fuel offshore support vessel to bunker LNG as a marine fuel but to also successfully complete the first truck to vessel transfer of LNG and to power the M/V Harvey Energy on LNG. The Harvey Energy built at GCSG in Gulfport, MS is based on the Vard Marine 1 311 design and is 310x64x24.5ft powered by 3 Wartsila 6L34DF dual fuel gensets providing 7.5MW of power fueled by Wartsila’s LNGPac system.

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First LNG Bunkering of OSV in North America

Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC reported that its dual fuel offshore support vessel (OSV) M/V Harvey Energy has today bunkered LNG as a marine fuel. The news makes Harvey Gulf the first North American owner/operator of a dual fuel OSV to bunker LNG as a marine fuel, as well as the first to complete a truck to vessel transfer of LNG. The bunkering took place at a shore-based terminal owned by a subsidiary of Martin Midstream Partners L.P. in Pascagoula, Miss. Participating in the activities alongside the crew of the Harvey Energy was the U.S.

Engine Emissions: GE Changes the Conversation

As operators ponder the thorny question of dual fuel, LNG or SCR Treatment, GE Transportation’s new medium speed marine diesel engine seemingly simplifies the playing field. The October 2014 news that global oilfield giant Oceaneering had committed to building a ship designed with GE Transportation marine diesel engines was ordinary enough, but the recent keel laying ceremony held at the BAE Systems Shipyard in Mobile, AL held special significance for not only Oceaneeering, but for GE as well.

Marine Engine Emissions: GE Changes the Conversation

As operators ponder the thorny question of dual fuel, LNG or SCR Treatment, GE Transportation’s new medium speed marine diesel engine seemingly simplifies the playing field. The October 2014 news that global oilfield giant Oceaneering had committed to building a ship designed with GE Transportation marine diesel engines was ordinary enough, but the recent keel laying ceremony held at the BAE Systems Shipyard in Mobile, AL held special significance for not only Oceaneeering, but for GE as well.

MarPro Profile: Margaret Kaigh Doyle

An hour spent with Margaret Kaigh Doyle is a high energy event, punctuated by her enthusiasm for everything she undertakes on a daily basis. Getting her to sit down for an hour to reflect on what she’s accomplished and from where she has come, was therefore a tall order. And, her typical day involves plenty. That’s because Doyle currently serves on the U.S. Delegation to the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and when she isn’t doing that, she chairs the U.S.

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High Tech Towboat: LNG-Powered Design Gets ABS Approval in Principle

Conrad Shipyard and The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) said that its design of a 4,200 horsepower LNG-powered towboat received “Approval in Principle” (AIP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The boat is based on TSGI’s azimuth drive (Z-drive) towboat design that debuted in 2008 as the FRANK T. STEGBAUER. To date, eight of these towboats have been built for Southern Towing Company, which is a pioneer in the use of z-drives for brown water operations. The boats have shown significant fuel savings relative to conventional towboats.

Shane Guidry

Harvey Gulf Expands into Mexico

Harvey Gulf, a strong driver in the U.S. OSV market and a true leader in the incorporation of LNG-as-fuel in marine vessels, announced that it establishing Harvey Gulf International Marine de Mexico S.A.P.I. de C.V. Recently approved changes in Mexican law allow foreign ownership in hydrocarbons which facilitates this growth. “We recognize the growth potential in the Mexican market for our business," said Shane Guidry, CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine. "The establishment…

Moving Ahead with MLC: the true course to compliance.

The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) impacts  the world’s 1.3 million mariners in one way or another. In a nutshell, MLC embraces fundamental principles found in other international labor conventions and applies to all ships entering member port states, as well as to all flag state signatories. Entering into force on 20 August 2013, one year after registering 30 ratifications of countries representing over 33 per cent of the world gross tonnage of ships, the convention today has been ratified by more than 60 states, representing 80 percent of global shipping.