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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Harvey Gulf tri-fuels, LNG bunkering in Galveston TX, Vestland wind install, P&O super ferries

It’s Good News Monday!

This Monday we talk about:

  1. Harvey Gulf’s LNG-Fueled Platform Supply Vessels to Add Battery Power

  2. Plan for LNG Bunkering Terminal in Galveston Bay Taking Shape

  3. Vestland Offshore secures management of IMR vessel

  4. Cadeler Nets Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm Installation Gig

  5. P&O selects Wärtsilä engines for hybrid-electric ‘super ferries’

  6. Norwegian Project to Develop Hydrogen Prototype Ro-Ro and Supply Chain

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Wärtsilä will be providing the batteries for four Harvey Energy vessels to be converted to tri-fuel operation. “The boats will be capable of ‘closed bus’ Dynamic Positioning (DP) operation running only one engine augmented by the Wärtsilä Energy Storage System. When stationary in the field or in port, the boats will be able to operate on battery power only, greatly reducing both fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.” The four vessels to be outfitted are the:

  1. Harvey Power

  2. Harvey Liberty

  3. Harvey Freedom

  4. Harvey America

Each vessel will get a “Wärtsilä ESS comprising a Closed Bus-Tie 1360Kw Drive with 746 kWh 1100 VDC Batteries.” The project is expected to start in 2021 and finish in early 2022. The fitment of these four vessels comes after a successful completion of the Harvey Energy.

“‘The conversion to tri-fuel technology is a tremendous addition to our already successful HARVEY ENERGY class PSV’s. Wärtsilä’s advanced technology and its unwavering commitment to service support were extremely important factors in our decision to select them for this project,’ said Shane Guidry, Harvey Gulf President and CEO.”

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Texas-based Pilot LNG is partnering with GAC Bunker Fuels to possibly bring a dedicated LNG bunker terminal to Galveston Bay in Texas. Liquified natural gas will help meet stricter global emissions standards. The partnership will provide marine fuel to GAC in the Galveston Bay Port complex.

“‘The Galveston LNG Bunker Port will provide the LNG to supply GAC’s growing market for cleaner marine fuel, particularly as its customers seek economic ways to comply with tightening emissions regulations, including IMO 2020,’ says Pilot Chief Executive, Jonathan Cook. ‘The opportunity to work with such a strong global player like GAC is a very exciting step forward for Pilot and the Galveston project.’”

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Vestland Offshore, a Norwegian ship manager has been awarded a contract to manage the IMR vessel Deepvision, of subsea services provider DeepOcean. It’s a flexible subsea and IMR survey vessel with a “Kongsberg Simrad SDP-21 dynamic positioning class 2 (DP 2) system and three remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems – one observation-class unit and two work-class units housed in hangars, with a LARS handling system. Combined with the large deck area of 720 m2 and the 60-tonne active heave-compensated crane, this makes the vessel a versatile workstation for IMR, survey and construction support operations.”

“DeepOcean supports subsea construction, survey and inspection, seabed intervention, inspection, maintenance and repair, decommissioning and offshore renewable projects.”

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Cadeler, who recently changed its name from Swire Blue Ocean, is now under contract to supply a vessel to Belgian offshore contractor Deme for a UK offshore wind installation. In early 2021, Cadeler’s Pacific Orca jack-up will go to the UK to support Deme’s installation of 165 monopile foundations. “Once foundations are in the water, 8.4 MW turbines will be delivered by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and installed by DEME vessels.” The wind farm, located off the coast of Yorkshire, is expected to provide 1.4 GW of wind power when connected to the grid.

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“UK-based P&O Ferries has contracted Wärtsilä to supply four-stroke diesel engines for its series of 230-m hybrid-electric ‘super ferries’ being built in China for operation on the English Channel”. These will be the largest passenger and freight ferries in the English channel. The Wärtsilä 31 engines are the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine according to Guinness World Records. Four 7.5-MW electrically powered Azipods will provide propulsion as part of an integrated hybrid solution. “P&O Ferries has stated that the new vessels ‘will be the most sustainable ships ever to sail the English Channel, setting new standards for reliability and cost efficiency.’”

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Norway’s HySHIP project is supporting liquid green hydrogen (LH2) by developing prototype vessels, starting with a ro-ro ferry. The Norwegian government is focusing on carbon-neutral fuel, and as part of that focus is giving a $9.5 million grant to the project. “The funding will be coming from the EU’s Research and Innovation program Horizon 2020 under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2 JU). It is subject to the signing of a grant agreement by the HySHIP partners by the end of this year.”

Design and construction of the concept “Topeka”, will be the first vessel of its kind. The hope is to create an entire LH2 ecosystem and remove 25,000 trucks from the road. “The Topeka will be built for zero emissions through a combination of 1,000 kWh battery capacity and a three-megawatt PEM (proton exchange membrane) hydrogen fuel cell. Hydrogen will be sourced from the new LH2 production plant planned at Mongstad outside Bergen by BKK, Equinor, and Air Liquide.” The ship is expected to be operational by 2024, ready to transport cargo and containerized LH2 to bunkering hubs.

According to Equinor’s Vice President of Logistics and emergency response, Frida Eklöf Monstad, “This zero-emission vessel service will also be a valuable demonstrator of the technology development supporting Equinor’s ambitions to move cargo from road to sea and to halve emissions from our maritime activities in Norway by 2030.”

Smile, it’s Good News Monday! :-)


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