“It is a matter of when, not if, LNG will be a commonly-selected fuel source and we need a sound basis for ship designs." So said Christopher J. Wiernicki, President of ABS a few months ago as he announced his classification society’s issue of a technical guide to the installation of LNG propulsion and auxiliaries in ships. Cut to the chase, and just last week Harvey Gulf Corp. said that the next phase of their ‘Green’ constructions will include two dual-fuel Platform Supply Vessels (PSV’s) which will have the distinction of becoming the first ever U.S. Flagged PSVs to be powered by LNG. Gulf International Marine’s Chairman & CEO Shane J. Guidry said that a contract will be awarded to a U.S. shipyard on or before August 28, 2011.
PSV SV310DF Design: Courtesy of STXM
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