The Opening of North America’s First LNG Marine Fuel Terminal
Recently, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has been making a huge impact on the fuel industry, as companies are opting to use this type of gas due to its low emissions. The demand for LNG sparked the opening of the first LNG marine fueling terminal opening in North America.
Learn more about this terminal and its importance to marine vessels.
Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC
They’re founded on the premise “that superior performance and safer operations provide our customers value and satisfaction.” This led them to recognize the need for the fueling terminal.
Their theme of “no harm to the environment” triggered the development of up to six dual-fueled LNG-powered offshore supply vessels under construction in addition to the LNG fueling facility in Port Fourchon.
CEO Shane Guidry stated that it’s the company’s mission to promote the use of LNG as a marine alternative fuel, which he noted is “clean, abundant, and cost-effective.”
About the Terminal
According to Natural Gas Intel, Harvey Gulf officials said the “bunkering involved the transfer of 43,000 gallons of LNG in about 2.25 hours without incident. The first transfer was done on January 29th, and there have been four subsequent transfers.”
When discussing the terminal’s capabilities when announcing the opening, Harvey Gulf officials stated that this terminal meets all US LNG safety and fire code requirements. They also said that it can deliver LNG at the rate of 550 gallons per minute. The facility’s maximum onsite storage capacity is 270,000 gallons, held by 90,000-gallon USG type-C vacuum-insulated tanks.
Chad Verret, a Harvey Gulf Executive Vice President, told Natural Gas Intel, “Our small facility is designed to meet the same criteria that major LNG export facilities have to meet. Even though we are a small, 2.5-3-acre facility, we use the same regulatory framework that large import-export terminals use.”
He also stated that they used two national LNG standards to design the marine fueling facility, meeting requirements of 33 CFR part 127 NFPA 59A.
What It Has to Offer
The opening of this LNG fueling terminal allows Harvey Gulf to provide an LNG bunkering point, which could be necessary to the continuing shift to utilize LNG as a marine fuel.
Harvey Gulf’s fleet has a collection of offshore support vessels that range from 175 feet to 340 feet, which include supply, fast supply, and construction vessels.
This terminal is the only one of its kind and could mean a huge shift in terms of LNG use.
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