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Offshore Lease Generates $115m

A sale of federal oil and natural gas leases for the Western Gulf of Mexico attracted $115,466,321 million in high bids, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced.  To date this year, the department has offered 55 million acres of U.S. public land – onshore and offshore – for oil and gas development, generating more than $875m in revenues. “The responsible development of oil and gas resources on U.S. public lands is an integral part of President Obama’s comprehensive energy strategy for the nation,” Secretary Salazar said.  “A domestic energy plan that balances the development of conventional and renewable energy resources – both onshore and offshore – is essential to reducing our country’s dependence on foreign oil, building a clean-energy economy, and addressing the challenges of climate change.” Western Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 210, held in New Orleans by Interior’s Minerals Management Service, received 189 bids on 162 federal Outer Continental Shelf tracts from 27 companies. The sum of all bids received totaled $145,186,365.00.  The highest bid received on a tract was $28,133,843 for Keathley Canyon, Block 96 submitted by BP Exploration & Production Inc. The high bid for each block will go through a strict evaluation process to ensure the public receives fair market value before a lease is awarded.


Feds Unveil Central GOM Oil & Gas Plan

Obama Administration Announces Proposed Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale; sale Will Make Nearly 38 million Acres Available as Part of the President’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future.   The Obama administration has announced that the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold the consolidated Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222 in New Orleans on June 20, 2012


BOEMRE Completes Final Supplemental EIS for Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for proposed oil and gas Lease Sale 218 in the Western Planning Area in the Gulf of Mexico. The SEIS updates the findings in several previously published environmental reviews covering the Gulf of Mexico. It also incorporates the latest available information pertaining to the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area following the Deepwater Horizon explosion


Public Meeting in New Orleans for OIl & Gas Leasing

BOEM Will Hold Public Hearing 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 Jan. 11, 2012, to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sales offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama


Mexican Gulf Energy Lease Sales – BOEM Issues Environment Analysis

BOEM's  'Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)' will aid decision-making on Gulf of Mexico oil & gas lease sales The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), with environmental analysis that will support decision-making concerning oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years.


BOEM to Open Bids for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Gulf of Mexico Regional Director John Rodi will open the Gulf of Mexico Western Planning Area Lease Sale 238 at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The sale, which offers more than 21 million acres for oil and gas exploration and development offshore Texas, is open to the public and news media representatives are invited to attend.


MMS Publishes Final Regulations for Bonus Bids

The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) published a final rule regarding the use of electronic funds transfer (EFT) by oil and natural gas companies bidding on Outer Continental Shelf federal leases. The final rule provides additional administrative flexibility to allow the agency to require EFT payment methods when appropriate. The rule will save time and money for the oil and natural gas industry and the Federal government.


Husky Begins Oil Production and Expands Activities

Husky Energy Inc. announced that it has signed petroleum contracts for two additional exploration leases in the South China Sea. Both are located in the Beibu Gulf, north of Hainan Island and within 80 kilometres of the Weizhou oil fields. The agreement includes exploration lease 23/15, which is 1,327 sq. kilometres, and exploration lease 23/20, which is 1,543-sq. kilometres. A single exploration well is required in each contract area in the first three years of the contract.


Interior Department Plans Drilling Expansion

The Department of the Interior proposed leasing drilling rights in waters south of the Florida Panhandle in the Gulf of Mexico in a new five-year drilling plan that also would open waters off Virginia. The plan will cover the years 2007 to 2012. If given final approval next spring after a public comment period, the plan would be more restrictive than some drilling advocates want but not restrictive enough for some Florida lawmakers


Record Number of Rigs Drilling In Ultra-Deep Gulf Waters

The U.S. Minerals Management Service, which manages federal offshore leases, said a record number of drilling rig are working in ultra-deepwater in the Gulf of Mexico. Fifteen rigs are currently drilling for oil and natural gas in the ultra-deepwater of the Gulf at depths of 5,000 feet or greater. MMS officials say the record is the result of a decade-long trend of exploration companies looking to deeper regions of the Gulf.


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

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Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


Offshore O&G Lease Sale: Continued Interest in Deepwater

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) completed its required evaluation of bids to ensure that the public receives fair market value for tracts leased as part of the Gulf of Mexico Central Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 235. The sale held on March 18, 2015, made 7


Fight Over Port of Melbourne Sale

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 Victorian Labor is ramping up the pressure on Matthew Guy's Coalition over its decision to block the sale of the Port of Melbourne, reports The Age.   Victoria’s plans to raise $6bn by selling the port of Melbourne are in jeopardy: the opposition refuses to support legislation


Global Ship Lease Extends Panamax Charter with X-Press Feeders

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 Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Orion, a 1997-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders.    The extension is to between November 26, 2015 and February 26, 2016


U.S. Ports Expands to be with Panama’s $5 Billion Canal Upgrade

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 A report in the USA Today says that the U.S. ports are busy deepening harbors and building bigger terminals to draw the bigger ships. Across the USA, public ports and their private sector partners will spend more than $46 billion in port-related improvements through 2016


BOEM Proposes 10 GOM Lease Sales for 2017-2022

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposes to conduct 10 oil and gas lease sales in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), as outlined in the 2017-2022 Draft Proposed Leasing Program.     BOEM published in the April 29, 2015, Federal Register


Gauthiers’ Announces Modex Merger

Gauthiers’ announced the acquisition of an equity share of Modex, an international manufacturer of DNV-certified offshore equipment. As part of the transaction, Gauthiers’ will merge its operations with Modex to create the world’s third-largest offshore container company


India, Iran Ink Port Deal Despite US Warning about Haste

India reached a deal on Wednesday to develop a strategic port in southeast Iran despite U.S. pressure not to rush into any such trade agreements before world powers clinch a final nuclear accord with Tehran.   Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and his Iranian counterpart Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi


GUARDIAN Antipiracy Barriers Available to Lease

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Guardian Maritime announced that GUARDIAN antipiracy barriers are now available to lease. A passive solution against the threat of piracy, GUARDIAN ship protection system provides worldwide 24/7 protection against stowaways, robbery and piracy for vessels, crew and cargo at sea


Global Ship Lease Extends Ville d'Aquarius Time Charter

Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Aquarius, a 1996-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is for an additional four to six months, at charterer's option


Offshore O&G: Weathering the Storm

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Vessels are stacked as Gulf oil operators retrench and day rates fall. In the Gulf of Mexico, vessels serving offshore oil-and-gas exploration and production are being stacked or idled as the rig count there declines. Oil companies are retrenching while crude prices remain weak


Third 14,000 TEU Container Joins Seaspan

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 Hong Kong-based owner and operator of containerships Seaspan Corporation has taken delivery of a 14,000 TEU containership, the YM Winner.   The new ship, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan’s third 14


Barging Ahead in Uncharted Waters

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A Real-Life Study in Creative Vessel Financing, or What Happens When Plan ‘A’ Is Not Working.   Much has been written on the various structures and approaches that can be used to finance the construction and purchase of vessels


US Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Shell Spill Plans in Alaska

A divided federal appeals court rejected an effort by environmental groups to void a U.S. agency's approval of two oil spill response plans by Royal Dutch Shell Plc related to the company's oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas on Alaska's Arctic coast.  


MSC's ECSA Service to the US & Mexican Gul

  Mediterranean Shipping Company announced improvements to its MSC’s East Coast South America (ECSA) service to and from the US & Mexican Gulf, effective from the first week of July. MSC’s current Amazon Service (Gulf to ECSA) & our US Gulf feeder service will be replaced






 
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