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Western GOM Lease Sale Attracts Bids of $337 Million

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that its Western Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 218, held today in New Orleans, attracted $337,688,341 in high bids and included 20 companies submitting 241 bids on 191 tracts comprising over a million acres offshore Texas.   The sum of all bids received totaled $712,725,998. This announcement is consistent with steps President Obama announced in May 2011 to expand domestic oil and gas production safely and responsibly. “Today’s lease sale, the first since the tragic events of Deepwater Horizon, continues the Obama administration’s commitment to a balanced and comprehensive energy plan,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who attended the sale and provided opening remarks. “Offshore drilling will never be risk free, but over the last 19 months we have moved quickly and aggressively with the most significant oil and gas reforms in U.S. history to make it safer and more environmentally responsible. Today’s sale is another step in ensuring the safe and responsible development of the nation’s offshore energy resources.” Sale 218, the last remaining Western Gulf Planning Area sale scheduled in the 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Natural Gas Leasing Program, made available 3,913 unleased blocks covering more than 21 million acres – equal to an area the size of South Carolina

Get Ready for Changes in Lease Reporting


By Richard Paine, Sr., from the December 2010 edition of MarineNews Since the middle of 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been working towards changing how companies report their lease transactions on their balance sheets. Those companies (including publicly traded entities) whose reporting complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) must observe the reporting regulations as set down by FASB

Moore Stephens Recommends Exploring Leasing Solutions

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International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens said shipping companies should explore leasing opportunities as a way of adjusting their self-owned and chartered-in tonnage balance in response to the radical changes that have taken place in ship financing in recent years. Phil Cowan, the firm’s Head of Corporate Finance, said, “The traditional thinking of a company needing to own all the resources it uses to operate has been successfully challenged for many years

DOI Issues FSEIS for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193, moving the DOI a step closer to resolving federal court concerns regarding the 2008 oil and gas leases offshore Alaska. The FSEIS updates the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) estimates of the full range of production levels from offshore oil fields that might be developed in the Chukchi Sea as well as the related potential environmental

Continued Growth for Container Leasing Sector

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The container leasing sector experienced another year of stellar growth in 2013 thanks to the continuing weakness of carrier financials, according to Drewry’s recently published Container Leasing report. And Drewry forecasts that this trend will continue. The leased container fleet (teu) expanded 7.3% in 2013, fast outpacing the 2% growth recorded by the fleet owned by transport operators, most of whom are shipping lines

NOIA Supports DOI’s Mid- and South Atlantic G&G Impact Statement

Washington, D.C.– The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) appreciates that the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for the Mid- and South Atlantic G&G Activities announced by the Department of the Interior is an important first step toward potential energy exploration and development in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).  “Since the areas have been largely unexplored for over two decades, due to executive and Congressional bans

NOIA Optimism on Gulf of Mexico Oilfield Sales

Trade Association NOIA, representing America's Offshore Energy Industry, sees a postive trend in the Gulf of Mexico offshore industry NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement in advance of the forthcoming Central Gulf of Mexico Consolidated Lease Sale 216-222: Overall, compared to the last two years, we are seeing a positive trend for the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and we are looking forward to Wednesday’s lease sale with cautious optimism.

BOEM to Hold Public Meeting in New Orleans

BOEM Will Hold Public Hearing on December 8th in New Orleans on Proposed Oil and Gas Leasing Program.   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a public hearing in New Orleans on Dec. 8, 2011, to provide an opportunity to comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 – 2017. This is one in a series of 13 public hearings.

Salazar Statement on Leasing Court Ruling

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling on DOI’s request for clarification of the Court’s earlier decision to vacate the 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf oil and natural gas leasing program:  “I am pleased with the Court’s decision.  Consistent with the Department’s request

US Intermodal Container Leasing Market Report

'Intermodal Container Leasing in the US Industry' market research report published by IBISWorld Excerpts from the report are as follows: The Intermodal Container Leasing industry is heavily dependent on large-scale domestic and international trade levels. Thus, as consumer spending fell during the recession and demand for goods across the economy dipped, fewer containers were needed for the transport of products. However, China's resilience and strong growth throughout the past five years

Fitch: US Ports Exposed to Shippers via Terminal Operators

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Hanjin Shipping's and Outer Harbor Terminal's (OHT) bankruptcies this year have raised questions about the legal separation of joint venture terminal operators that are often lease counterparties for U.S. ports, Fitch Ratings says. These events highlight potential risks that must be balanced

Fugro: Contract for US Offshore Wind Development Project

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Fugro has been awarded the contract by Vineyard Wind, formerly named OffshoreMW, to perform a marine geotechnical site investigation within its wind development lease, offshore Massachusetts. Fugro’s state-of-the-art, 105-meter drilling vessel M/V Fugro Synergy will perform the study

Russia to Lease Second Submarine to India

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 Russia has agreed to lease a second nuclear attack submarine (SSN) to  to the Indian Navy, as part of enhanced bilateral defence cooperation, in a deal which will cost around $2 billion.   A transfer agreement had been signed to lease a second nuclear submarine of project 971

Sailing into the Arctic’s Future

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Last month, a large cruise ship completed its inaugural cruise through the Northwest Passage. The historic journey brought nearly 1,700 passengers from Seward, Alaska, past the rugged wilderness and isolated villages of the Arctic, to the concrete jungle of New York City

TraPac to Double Terminal size at Oakland Port

If approved, 14-year lease would add two ship berths, 57 acres of land Photo Port of Oakland.

TraPac, LLC has reached agreement to nearly double its marine terminal size at the Port of Oakland.  Wilmington, CA-based TraPac said today it plans to lease an additional 57 acres and two vessel berths on the Port’s Outer Harbor.

Cosco Raises $1.8bln Capital

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 China’s COSCO Shipping Development Co Ltd  announced a proposed nonpublic issuance of about 3.28 billion shares to specific investors, including its parent company, to raise up to 12 billion yuan ($1.79 billion), reports China Daily.  

Norwegian to Build New Ship for Alaska Cruising

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Norwegian Cruise Line will commence a new era of Alaska cruising beginning June 2018, as the company announced today that its next new vessel, Norwegian Bliss, will be custom-built with features and amenities for Alaska cruising. Norwegian Bliss will cruise to America’s Last Frontier from

Trafigura Backs Out of Tanker Foray

Trafigura has sold five oil vessels to a unit of China's Bank of Communications , ending the trading house's move into owning tankers, the company said on Friday. Under the deal, the five medium-range tankers, ordered by Trafigura in 2013 from a shipyard in China

Windea La Cour Goes to Work

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Two years on from the launch of the Ulstein Group’s X-STERN design at the ONS 2014 maritime exhibition in Stavanger, the first vessel to feature the innovative hull line has entered service at the Gemini offshore wind farm.   The newly built Windea La Cour incorporates the X-STERN: a

US Offshore Wind Comes to Life

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Marine News contributor Robert Kunkel asks: Are we ready to support the farms?   On August 19, 2016, we watched as the fifth tower and associated nacelle was raised on the Deepwater Offshore Wind Farm approximately 3 miles offshore of Block Island, Rhode Island

Op-Ed: Alaska's Golden Offshore Opportunity

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Offshore energy presents a golden opportunity for Alaska and the United States.   As we enter the final quarter of the year, one of the last and most pressing pieces of business facing the Interior Department is to finalize its next offshore leasing program

Chinese Leasing Companies Role in Ship Finance

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 Clarksons Research takes a look at Asian shipping finance that has increased in prominence globally with finance from the traditional lending base more difficult for many to access since the global financial crisis.   Within this wider trend

S.Korea: Hanjin Cash, Parent Support Should Cover Offloading Fees

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Cash from top shareholder, executives should cover offload costs. South Korea's government said cash held by Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd and funds pledged by its parent group should meet the costs of unloading some $14 billion in cargo stranded on vessels operated by the troubled container line.

Port of Va. Signs Long Lease for International Gateway

Lease Clears the Way for Port to Double the Terminal’s Annual Lift Capacity Photo Port of Virginia

Governor Terry R. McAuliffe on Wednesday announced that The Port of Virginia has signed a new, long-term lease for Virginia International Gateway (VIG) that clears the way for the port to begin work on doubling capacity at the deep-water container terminal.

Seaspan CEO: Hanjin Fallout Is Like Lehman for Shipping

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 Seaspan Corp  chairman and ceo Gerry Wang has described the bankruptcy of South Korea’s biggest container line Hanjin Shipping Co as the industry’s equivalent of the Lehman Brothers collapse that triggered the global financial crisis, reports Bloomberg.  

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