Guidry: ‘there will be fuel’

Gulf Coast Shipyard has launched the first of six dual-fuel platform-supply vessels (PSVs) that were ordered by US compatriot Harvey Gulf less than one year ago.

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In a statement the shipbuilder noted the vessel is the first of its kind in the US but failed to mention that LNG fuel is still extremely hard to come by in the region.

The chief executive of Harvey Gulf doesn’t appear to be concerned, however, and is confident that his company’s own LNG bunkering facility will be good to go when the PSV is delivered.

“We will have fuel available at our dock when the first vessel delivers,” Shane Guidry told TradeWinds in a brief email exchange Thursday.

According to Gulf Coast Shipyard the freshly minted PSV is about to be moved to a newly commissioned space at the Port of Gulfport in mid-March for final completion and testing but is unlikely to enter service until a few months later.

As TradeWinds has reported, Harvey Gulf secured regulatory approval to construct an LNG bunkering facility in the US Gulf in June of last year. At the time, Guidry said the fuel docks will be the first of their kind and should be operational by March of this year.