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Congress Closes Concord Navy Base

Closing down the inland portion of the Concord Naval Weapons Station became final as Congress approved President Bush's recommendation to shut down 22 major military bases and realign another 33 in a cost-cutting move that will save the Pentagon about $4 billion a year, according to a Contra Costa Times report. The station shut down is different from any other base closure experts can recall in two ways: Local officials lobbied for the shut down and essentially no jobs will be lost. Shutting down the base will be a multi-year process that will involve sales to developers and planning meetings where residents, business leaders, environmentalists and others will have input on the land's future. Source: The Contra Costa Times


Coast Guard Shuts Down 2 Casino Ships

Two casino cruises from Port Canaveral were temporarily shut down by the Coast Guard, reports said. Inspectors said they found 24 violations during a routine check of the Sun Cruz Casino. The problems found involved fire equipment on the ship and the cooling system, WESH 2 News reported. The other ship in trouble is Sterling's Ambassador 2. The Coast Guard ordered it out of U.S. waters because it didn't have the proper paperwork


Oil Prices Fall, Emergency Oil Flows

Newswires reported that oil prices fell 2.4 percent on Tuesday as the energy industry showed signs of recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and industrialized countries prepared to tap emergency supplies to avert a crunch. U.S. crude CLc1> settled down $1.61 to $65.96 a barrel, below last week's peak $70.85. Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast early last week, shutting down nearly all U.S. offshore crude oil production and paralyzing more than 10 percent of refining capacity


N. Sea Production Cut By Freeze

Freezing weather in the North Sea has forced the shut-in of close to 600,000 bpd of Norwegian oil production and is hemming in another 470,000 bpd of UK output, operators said. Temperatures, which fell far below freezing over the weekend, were up close to zero Celsius on Tuesday and raising hopes that output would resume later in the day for Norway's platforms, which had shut in 400,000 bpd worth on Monday. In the UK sector of the North Sea


Work Shut Down on Northrop Grumman Ships

According to a Dec. 16 report from WLOX, as a precautionary measure Northrop Grumman is shutting down all craft work on ships LPD 22 and LPD 24. The ships were located near the area an explosion occurred Thursday morning. Around 2,000 craft employees assigned to work on the ships were sent home. (Source: WLOX)


OLF Lockout Means Statoil Production Shutdown

Statoil preparing to halt production after notice of lockout.   Statoil is preparing to shut down production on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) following a notice of lockout. The Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) announced today that a lockout will be imposed on all members of Industry Energy (Industri Energi), the Organisation of Energy Personnel (SAFE) and the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne) who are covered by the offshore pay agreements


Ship Collision Forces Closure of Major Canadian-U.S. Trade Link

A major marine trade link between Canada and the United States remained closed on Sunday after a ship collided with a lift bridge in Canada's Welland Canal. The canal, which was constructed to link Lake Erie with Lake Ontario and offers a safe detour around Niagara Falls, 10 miles away, has been shut down indefinitely, disrupting traffic on the entire Great Lakes St. Lawrence system. Constable Larry Regnier of the Niagara Regional Police said a freighter was traveling north through the


Valdez Port Sees Fewer Tankers After Prudhoe Problems

The Valdez crude export terminal has seen a modest decline in the number of crude tankers in recent weeks, as oil companies reduce shipments in light of the problems in Prudhoe Bay oil production, the Valdez terminal manager said Thursday. The Valdez terminal, the crude export facility at the end of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, will receive four tankers this week and about the same number next week. That's a drop-off from last week's level and from typical traffic levels


Coast Guard Keeps Jacksonville Port Open

The Captain of the Port of Jacksonville has decided not to shut down commercial operations in the port due to the current anticipated track and strength of Tropical Storm Ernesto. Jacksonville maritime agencies and industry partners made the decision not to close the port in an effort to minimize the economic impact on the port of Jacksonville following the latest weather reports. Commercial operations are still being minimized within the port


Britain Delays Repairs On Crippled Sub

Britain's defense ministry agreed to delay repairs on a crippled nuclear submarine stranded in Gibraltar since May, handing at least a temporary victory to environmentalists and the Gibraltar government. The ministry had planned to begin work on HMS Tireless on Aug. 21 despite local opposition, but officials said repairs had been delayed so that local officials could assess any safety risks. The Gibraltar government opposes any repairs being started until a panel of experts has reviewed


Electric Rates Reduced at Port of Long Beach

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Reduced electric rates help the port improve air quality; discounts will save tenants $350 million, keep port competitive   The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved reduced electric rates at the Port of Long Beach for the next 24 years and a program for Southern California


Japex begins Japan's 1st commercial shale oil production

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co (Japex) said on Monday it has begun the country's first commercial production of shale oil in Akita prefecture in northern Japan this month. Daily production from shale layers deep below the Ayukawa oil and gas field was about 220 barrels of crude (35 kilolitres)


South Sudan Awards Two Mineral Exploration Licences

South Sudan has awarded provisional licences to two companies for mineral exploration as it attempts to diversify the economy away from oil, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday. South Sudan is rich in gold and also probably has reserves of other minerals such as copper


Drummond Construction Barge Sinking Flags Pollution Concern

Oil spill containment: File photo CCL

A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea.


GofM Oil Well Loss of Control Update

Jack-up Rowan Louisiana: Photo courtesy of Rowan Companies

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has clarified its earlier announcement concerning the loss of control over a well being drilled by operator EnVen from the jack-up rig 'Rowan Louisiana' in the Gulf of Mexico, saying "that the flow [of natural gas] was diverted overboard


Saga Ruby in for Repair at Gibdock

Saga Ruby

Saga Cruises has highlighted Gibraltar’s continuing attractions for cruise owners, returning to Gibdock for repair and maintenance work on one of the "grand old ladies" of the cruise industry, the 24,492grt, 670-passenger capacity Saga Ruby.


Nhava Sheva Container Port Partial Shutdown

The container terminal at India's largest port of Nhava Sheva, also known as Jawajarlal Nehru Port near Mumbai, will be partially shut down for six weeks from the beginning of March to install new harbor cranes. The work in expected to impact normal operating conditions alongside the main


MARAD Helps Green the Port of Honolulu

Photo: DOT

From Fast Lane, official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation The U.S. maritime industry continues to become greener each day as federal agencies, research centers, and ports work to reduce the industry's impact on our environment


Nigerian Shipowners in Dire Financial Straits

Nigeria ensign: Image CCL

The Nigerian Ship Owners Association, NSA, has informed that some of its members are currently grappling with huge financial indebtedness to some banks, which has been aggregated at over $3billion (N480bn) reports the country's National Mirror.


Oil Holds around $110

By Shadi Bushra, Reuters   Brent crude oil steadied around $110 a barrel on Monday, resisting sharp declines in some other risk assets on news of further supply losses in Africa and expectations of revived oil demand growth. Libyan oil output plunged further over the weekend


Asia-Pacific Crude-Weaker; ONGC sells Sokol

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Florence Tan, Reuters The Asia-Pacific crude market weakened on Monday with differentials for Russian Sokol depressed by slow demand during peak maintenance season, but a recovery in the naphtha market offset some of the losses.


Port Strike to Bring Delays in Vancouver

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) warned that this week’s industrial action by truck drivers serving Port Metro Vancouver is expected to severely impact Canada's largest and most diverse port. A strike notice has been issued to the port authority by the United Truckers Association


Accident Prompts TAQA to Shut Down UK North Sea Platform

The 12,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Harding oil platform in the UK North Sea is being shut down as a precaution after a worker fell off and died early on Thursday, a spokesman for operator TAQA said. "Production is being shut down," the spokesman for the Abu Dhabi National Energy Co


Wind turbine maker Nordex turns corner in overhaul

Shares rise 4.6 percent to top TecDAX. German wind turbine maker Nordex on Friday said it had swung to an operating profit last year, boosted by stronger demand in its core European market as well as cost cuts after shutting down production in China and the United States.


Santos, Kris Energy to Explore Oil and Gas off Bangladesh

By Serajul Quadir, Reuters Australian oil and gas company Santos and Singapore-based Kris Energy signed a production-sharing contract (PSC) on Wednesday to explore oil and gas in Bangladeshi waters. State-run Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, known as Petrobangla


 
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