2014 . . . And the Story Continues

By Greg Trauthwein, Editor
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Greg Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher

Having sat in this seat for more two decades I am sometimes asked if I’m tired of the job and ready to move along. (Thankfully, though, that question has never come from my boss.) Unequivocally the answer is “no.” While the maritime industry is often erroneously labeled as conservative and behind the technological times, it is in fact a vibrant and multi-faceted transport niche, a literal cast of characters with a liberal mix of international, national and local interests, power, innovation, money and greed. It’s like reading a good book that never ends, with ever-evolving plots and story lines.
As this is our Annual Yearbook Edition, it affords me the opportunity to take a broader perspective, identifying the trends that will define your business and our editorial properties in the coming months and years.
It is hardly a surprise at this time that energy, or more specifically the proliferation of shale oil and gas finds across the U.S. and increasingly around the world, will continue to have a profound impact on all things maritime.
The shale gas story is a bit more mature but interesting nonetheless, as the mass quantities of cheap energy is literally changing the country before our eyes, from sparking renewed interest in manufacturing businesses setting up shop here, to the billions in investment in new potential LNG export terminals. To put in perspective the “year of LNG” we spoke last month to Edward Scott, COO of Excelerate Energy, which is a compelling story of how the company – which literally was created to import LNG into the U.S., changed its business model nearly overnight and is positioned to prosper.
On the flip side, the abundance of cheap oil and gas found onshore is starting to have an impact on offshore oil and gas developments, as the oil majors are digesting rapidly rising production and crewing costs and slashing E&P expenditure. Jim McCaul, our long-time editorial sounding board, encapsulates the trend concisely in his Offshore Floating Production report, starting on page 52.
Continuing our “75th Anniversary” series of articles again this month is veteran business journalist Patricia Keefe, who’s story Disasters at Sea starts on page 40. While there are plenty of pictures of broken and sinking ships, the article is not designed to exploit the failures of the industry, but rather to highlight the positive changes that have come about, driven by legislative mandate and technological innovation. While I know “legislation” is a ‘four-letter-word’ in the minds of most ship and boat owners, ship and boat builders, it is arguable that the good legislation has outweighed the bad, and in the end we have an industry which provides to the world the safest, most efficient and environmentally benign means to move cargo from point A to point B.
So there you have it in a nutshell: Energy & Legislation. The story continues with perpetually changing characters and plots.

 

(As published in the June 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeReporter)

Maritime Reporter October 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Swissco Doubles Rig Fleet

SGX Mainboard-listed Swissco Holdings Limited an integrated, international marine services provider, today announced having completed the acquisition of four additional mobile offshore drilling units,

Gazprom Constructs Sports Complex in Stavropol

Stavropol hosted today a groundbreaking ceremony of a versatile sports & recreation complex of Gazprom. The sports & recreation complex will include a 50 meter Olympic swimming pool,

Swire Pacific Acquires 3rd L Class PSV

Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming and delivery of its third L Class PSV vessel, Pacific Legend in Kyoto,

Legal

Port Firm Fined £650,000 for Health, Safety Breach

A port operator has today (Monday 29 September) pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches, following the deaths of three crew members of a tug which capsized on the River Clyde in 2007.

IMO Takes Step Towards Electronic Certificates

In the future, the IMO member States should accept the use of electronic certificates. This is the request of the Facilitation Committee (FAL) and, hence, the road is paved for less paperwork,

K-Line to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line), a Japanese corporation, has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $67.7 million criminal fine for its involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices,

Energy

Leak May Sideline New Mexico Nuclear Waste Site

It may be five years before a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico closed by a radiation leak is fully operational again, and the facility will need at least $240

Imperial Oil Completes Maintenance at Kearl Oil Mine

Imperial Oil Ltd said on Tuesday it has completed a two-week major maintenance turnaround at its 110,000 barrel per day Kearl oil sands mine in northern Alberta.

Swissco Doubles Rig Fleet

SGX Mainboard-listed Swissco Holdings Limited an integrated, international marine services provider, today announced having completed the acquisition of four additional mobile offshore drilling units,

LNG

Skangass Builds LNG Terminal in Pori, Finland

With investment support from the Finnish Government of 185 million NOK Skangass has decided to build a new import terminal for LNG. The terminal will be completed in 2016.

Louisiana to Get Natural Gas Liquefaction and Fueling Facility

Tenaska Bayou LNG expected to meet growing marine, transportation and oil and gas exploration and production demand on the Gulf Coast Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC and Waller Marine, Inc.

GTT Earns Five AIPs for Multi-gas Membranes

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) announced five

Casualties

Leak May Sideline New Mexico Nuclear Waste Site

It may be five years before a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico closed by a radiation leak is fully operational again, and the facility will need at least $240

New Simulation Tool for Collision Reconstruction

BMT ARGOSS and BMT Surveys, subsidiaries of BMT Group Ltd, the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced an innovative new service

Report on MOL Comfort Incident is out

In response to the casualty of “MOL COMFORT” which occurred on 17 June 2013, ClassNK established the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, comprised

News

Australia, US Order Anti-ship Missile Decoys

Design of the next generation of anti-ship missile decoys is set to commence following the signing of two contracts between the Australian Defense Force and BAE Systems Australia Pty Ltd.

Leak May Sideline New Mexico Nuclear Waste Site

It may be five years before a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico closed by a radiation leak is fully operational again, and the facility will need at least $240

Imperial Oil Completes Maintenance at Kearl Oil Mine

Imperial Oil Ltd said on Tuesday it has completed a two-week major maintenance turnaround at its 110,000 barrel per day Kearl oil sands mine in northern Alberta.

People in the News

Swissco Doubles Rig Fleet

SGX Mainboard-listed Swissco Holdings Limited an integrated, international marine services provider, today announced having completed the acquisition of four additional mobile offshore drilling units,

Gazprom Constructs Sports Complex in Stavropol

Stavropol hosted today a groundbreaking ceremony of a versatile sports & recreation complex of Gazprom. The sports & recreation complex will include a 50 meter Olympic swimming pool,

Swire Pacific Acquires 3rd L Class PSV

Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming and delivery of its third L Class PSV vessel, Pacific Legend in Kyoto,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2532 sec (4 req/sec)