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Connaughton Signs Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port License

Sean T. Connaughton signed Excelerate Energy’s Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge Deepwater Port license today in Washington DC. Excelerate will build the Northeast Gateway deepwater port approximately 18 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts. Spectra Energy, formerly Duke Energy, will build a 16-mile subsea pipeline from its existing HubLine to the deepwater port site to transfer natural gas from the vessels into New England’s gas pipeline network. Excelerate Energy will construct and own the deepwater port, which will be operated by Skaugen Offshore and will accommodate Excelerate’s proprietary Energy Bridge Regasification Vessel (EBRV) fleet operated by Exmar NV. The port’s infrastructure will feature two submerged turret loading buoys supplied by Advanced Production and Loading. Excelerate estimates peak deliveries of up to 800 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, permitting Northeast Gateway to deliver about 500 million cubic feet per day of natural gas into the New England market during normal operations. At present, there are eight deepwater port LNG applications pending before the Agency.


MARAD Report on Ports and Shipping

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released its quarterly report on Port and Shipping Safety and Environmental Protection. This report discusses, among other things, recent activities at IMO, new federal regulations, and deepwater port licensing


Calypso LNG Deepwater Port Application Deemed Complete By Coast Guard

Suez Energy North America's subsidiary, Calypso LNG, LLC has received a letter from the United States Coast Guard deeming complete Calypso's application for a Deepwater Port License. A Notice of Application will be published in the Federal Register which will start a statutory review period for approval of a license to build and operate Calypso's proposed offshore liquefied natural gas facility. On March 1, 2006, Calypso filed a Deepwater Port License Application with the U.S


LNG deepwater Port License Application – Compass Port LLC

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice stating that they received an application for licensing of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port. The deepwater port, to be called Compass Port LLC, would be located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama. Any public hearing on this proposal will be held not later than January 15, 2005 and a decision on the application will be made within 90 days of the last public hearing. 69 Fed. Reg


Port Dolphin Energy Regulatory Milestone

Port Dolphin Energy, LLC, announced that a Record of Decision has been signed in its application for a license to build a deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) port off the West Coast of Florida. The Record of Decision paves the way to the awarding of a deepwater port license to be issued by the U.S. Maritime Administration. The signing marks the successful completion of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement directed by the U.S


MARAD Seeks Comments on Proposed Policy for Deepwater Export Applications

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is seeking comments on the agency’s proposed policy to accept, evaluate and process license applications for the construction and operation of offshore deepwater export facilities. The agency is proposing to use the existing Deepwater Port License regulations, found in 33 CFR Parts 148, 149 and 150, for such purposes. However, due to the considerable technical, operational, and environmental differences between import and export operations for natural


National Maritime Center Considers Limited License for Docking Pilots

The USCG's National Maritime Center (NMC) is seeking comments from the harbor services industry on a proposed limited first class pilot's license for docking pilots. Docking pilots, working with tugs, provide maneuvering assistance to seagoing vessels during docking and undocking procedures, short harbor moves to and from anchorage, or shifting between berths. The regulations concerning the issuance of first class pilot's licenses contain some requirements that may bar many tug masters from


ChevronTexaco Files Offshore LNG Application

ChevronTexaco has submitted a Deepwater Port license application to the Department of Transportation, United States Coast Guard to construct and operate a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) receiving and regasification terminal in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The development, also known as Port Pelican, would consist of an LNG ship receiving terminal, LNG storage and regasification facilities, and pipeline interconnection to existing infrastructure to deliver natural gas into the United States


USCG OKs McMoRan License Application

Freeport-McMoRan Exploration Co. is one step closer to obtaining a deep port license to regasify one billion cu. ft. of natural gas per day at one of its former offshore sulfur mines. The U.S. Coast Guard all but approved the request, citing “sufficient information” to continue processing the application. Once approved, McMoRan’s former $1b offshore sulfur mines will receive a $450m facelift to convert the platforms to regasify liquefied natural gas and then ship it to onshore pipelines


Singapore Revokes Two Bunker Licenses

Photo: Vermont UM Bunkering

 Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) have revoked two bunker suppliers' license to operate in the world's top bunker port.    The two companies have, according to the authority, violated the terms and conditions for bunker activities in the port.   Singapore-based Seaquest Tanker and Vermont UM Bunkering have had their licences nullified and will not be allowed to operate as bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators in the port of Singapore


ExxonMobil inks patent agreement with Pason Systems

Photo ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil has awarded to Pason Systems, Inc. the first global license of its patented Drilling Advisory System, a key component of the company’s Fast Drill technology suite. The licensing agreement accelerates the technology’s commercialization by combining Pason’s expertise in


USCG Recognizes Houston Pilots

Photo: Houston Pilots

RADM David Callahan for the US Coast Guard (USCG) 8th District presented Meritorious Public Service Awards to two Houston Pilots - Captains Michael McGee and Michael Phiilips - for their bravery last September aboard the crippled and burning tanker AFRAMAX RIVER.   


LNG Bunkering Commences in Australia

(Photo: EVOL)

First Australian commercial LNG bunkering completed in WA’s north-west on 23 January 2017 by EVOL LNG for Woodside   Under an agreement with Woodside, EVOL LNG refueled the platform supply vessel, Siem Thiima, on January 23 at King Bay Supply Base near Dampier


Inland Waterways Conference Set for Cincinnati

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft conducts an all-hands meeting at Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 14, 2014. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

The 2017 Inland Waterways Conference is set to be held in scenic Cincinnati, Ohio, from March 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. The event will feature full days of hot topics and VIP speakers to address emerging inland waterways topics and trends


Obama's Arctic Ban and Aftermath

Photo courtesy: BP p.l.c.

 US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the "vast majority" of US-owned northern waters.   Vowing that his successor won’t be able to reverse his actions, President Obama on Tuesday used executive authority to permanently ban


Port Infrastructure and the Role of Government

The new South Harbor of America’s Central Port, located just north of downtown St. Louis in southwestern Madison County, Illinois. Significant TIGER grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation helped make this possible. (Photo: America’s Central Port)

We are in the midst of a revolution over port infrastructure. This revolution is not about the role of ports as silent engines for our economy and the need for better intermodal infrastructure. Rather, it is about why governments – local, state and federal – believe ports exist


American Hellenic Insures 1,000 Vessels

Photo: American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company

 American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company (AHHIC) has already provided cover for 1,000 vessels managed from Europe, the Americas and Asia, said said Vincent Solarino, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AHHIC and President and COO of Shipowners Claims Bureau, managers of the American Club.


Subsea 7 Loses Petrobras Contract

Photo: Subsea 7

 Subsea 7 has received an early termination of the day-rate contract for its pipelay support vessel (PLSV) Seven Mar from the state-owned Brazilian firm Petrobras.  The termination is effective January 16, 2017, the company informed. The contract was due to expire next year.  


Norway Awards 4 APA Licensing to MOL

Photo: MOL Group

 The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has announced the results of the APA (Award in Pre-Defined Areas) licensing round, which granted four licences to MOL Norge on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.  MOL Group’s Norwegian subsidiary


First Cuba to US Cargo Shipment Arrives

A shipment of artisanal charcoal made its way from Cuba to Port Everglades aboard Crowley’s container ship K Storm, marking the first truly commercial shipment from a Cuban cooperative to a private U.S. business since the U.S.-Cuba trade embargo was imposed more than 50 years ago.  


Singapore Court Fines Unlicensed Bunker Craft Operator

Logo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 New Ocean Maritime Pte Ltd was convicted in court under regulation 64(b) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations and was fined a total of $81,000.    The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) brought charges against New Ocean Maritime Pte Ltd


Florida Ports Drop Plans to Ink Pacts with Cuba

Two Florida ports have canceled plans to sign cooperation pacts with Communist-ruled Cuba after state Governor Rick Scott threatened to cancel their funding if they did business with the "Cuban dictatorship." The news comes as Cuba watchers are looking closely for signs of how the


BWMS: What does it mean for onboard operations?

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As of September 8, 2016 the Ballast Water Convention officially was ratified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), crossing the necessary threshold of 35% of world tonnage signed on courtesy of the ratification by Finland. Subsequently, at press time


MOL Group Expands its Exploration Portfolio

Photo: MOL Group

 MOL Group expanded its exploration portfolio by acquiring new licenses in Hungary and Norway. MOL acquired 6 new licences in the 4th bid round in Hungary, doubling its exploration acreage in the country.    MOL Norge participated in the latest APA licensing round and acquired 4


Coast Guard Sees Hawaii Illegal Charters Increase

In the last 24 hours, the Coast Guard has identified two tour boats operating illegally out of Pohoiki Boat Ramp and is ramping up enforcement in response to a perceived increase in illegal charters operating in the area to view lava streaming into the ocean from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.






 
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