CNOOC Discovers New Bohai Bay Oil Reserves
The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announced the discovery of 200 million cubic meters of oil in Bohai Bay this year, China View reports. CNOOC made the announcement after the discovery of the Jinxian (JX) 1-1 high yield oil-bearing structure while drilling the JX1-1-2D well in Liaodong Bay, in the eastern part of Bohai Bay. So far, CNOOC has made eight new discoveries in Bohai Bay with an estimated oil reserve of 200 million cubic meters and gas reserve of 1.5 billion cubic meters, according to the report. The discoveries make it possible for the Bohai Bay to turn out 30 million cubic meters of oil by 2010. Additionally, Bohai Bay produced 14 million cubic meters of oil and gas this year, becoming China’s third largest oilfield. Source: China View
DRBOSAC – Meeting
The Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill Advisory Committee (DRBOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in Philadelphia on December 17. This will be the inaugural meeting of the Committee, established under a provision of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006. 73 Fed. Reg. 71019 (November 24, 2008). (Source: Holland & Knight)
Repair Plan OKd for Bouchard Barge
At press time, the Coast Guard approved a repair and transport plan for the Bouchard Transportation B-120 barge responsible for the Buzzard's Bay oil spill. The swift current in the Cape Cod Canal prevents divers from installing a patch at the current location. The barge will be moved from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne, Mass., to the Esco fuel terminal in Sandwich, Mass., for temporary repairs before continuing to New York. The Coast Guard and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continue to direct the clean up operations in the Buzzard's Bay oil spill. -- More than 750 people are involved in shoreline clean up and spill management operations. -- An estimated 175 volunteers are involved in wildlife rehabilitation and related activities.
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, said Tom Stokes, Valdez Marine Terminal Manager for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. The Valdez Terminal usually has about 360 tanker visits per year, or almost one tanker each day. The tankers vary in size, with the smaller vessels carrying 300,000 barrels, and the largest ones carrying 1.4 million barrels.
BP Oil Well Spills Out of Control in Alaska
The oil giant British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas well on Alaska’s Northern Slope that blew out on Friday continues to spill crude oil and gas uncontrollably. There have been no injuries or reports of damage to wildlife, but crews trying to secure the well have failed amid frigid winds gusting to 38 miles an hour. Well pressure was monitored throughout the night and excess pressure was bled off to keep it within a safe rang. There was no estimate about volumes of natural gas and oil released.
Zenith Acquires Bantry Bay Oil Terminal
International liquids and bulk terminaling company Zenith Energy has acquired the Bantry Bay Oil Terminal in West Cork, Ireland, from Phillips 66. The terminal, located on Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay, has a storage capacity of more than 8 million barrels and is one of the largest and deepest drafts in Europe, holding a portion of Ireland's strategic petroleum reserves. Zenith intends to continue operating the terminal on a commercial basis. The acquisition will further strengthen Zenith's footprint and accelerate the company's growth, following Zenith and Grupo Coremar's June 2014 announcement of the award of a contract for the construction on the first phase of a new, multi-product liquids terminal in Palermo, Colombia.
Coast Guard Authorization Act Passes House
By a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2005 (H.R. 889). A variety of amendments were added, including an authorization for an additional $60 million for Hurricane Katrina relief operations; a requirement to notify the Coast Guard if an object that creates an unauthorized obstruction to navigation is released into the water; a phased increase in limits of liability from tank vessels for oil spills; a program to detect, monitor, and evaluate the effects of submerged oil; and establishment of a Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill Advisory Committee. Passage of the legislation was accompanied by numerous speeches by members lauding the work of the Coast Guard in the Hurricane Katrina response effort.
Tampa Bay Oil Spill Settlement Appears in Federal Register
A Federal Register Notice on a proposed eight million dollar settlement to fund restoration projects for natural resources damaged in a 1993 oil spill in Tampa Bay has been published. The notice appeared in the Federal Register on Feb. 18, 1999. The Department of Justice will receive comments relating to the proposed consent decree for a period of 30 days from the date of Federal Register publication. The proposed settlement was announced last month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Justice Department, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection at a news briefing in Tampa.
VLCC Rates Ease Slightly, But Busier Time Could Be Ahead
Large tanker rates slid back slightly off recent highs this week as Middle East September stems drifted to their conclusion, brokers said. VLCC rates for Japan, which peaked at W52.5 at the end of last week, slid back to around W50 while western rates fell back to about W47.5 from a peak of W50. Late week VLCC fixtures included two Bayoil charters for Bergesen vessels to the U.S. Gulf from Al Bakr at a soft W47-47.5 for well ahead October 10 and 20 sailings. Some brokers said expected October stems next week would mean a busier time with rates picking up, but Galbraiths noted that the Bayoil and two Chevron October charters at the same rates and similar October dates showed market weakness.
Active Cleanup Complete from Delaware Bay Oil Spill
On May 11, the Unified Command determined that responders have achieved pre-established oil spill clean up standards, and that active cleanup measures are complete. Although the active cleanup has been completed, a monitoring plan has been implemented in the event that any further oil is sighted. The Unified Command includes the Coast Guard, environmental representatives from Delaware, New Jersey and The O'Brien's Group. The spill, which was reported to the Coast Guard by crewmen from a tug boat on April 25th, impacted Delaware shorelines from the Leipsic River south to the Mispillion River and caused New Jersey to close over 70,000 acres of oyster beds for one week as a preventive measure. A total of 22 birds and one turtle were reported to have been impacted by the spill.
Delaware Bay Oil Spill Update
The Coast Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) are continuing to lead the recovery and clean-up of oil spilled in the upper Delaware Bay Tuesday. Shorelines impacted in Delaware by the spill include Port Mahon, Kelly Island and Pickering Beach. These areas have been reported to have light amounts of tar balls ranging from dime to baseball size. There is also a report of a scattered concentration of tar balls four-miles off of Bowers Beach, which oil skimming vessels are in the process of recovering. As a preventive measure, the NJDEP has closed 70,000 acres of New Jersey's oyster beds to prevent potential environmental contamination.
Delaware River Protection Act of 2005 Passes House
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Delaware River Protection Act of 2005, which was introduced earlier this year by Congressman Lobiondo (New Jersey) as a result of the Athos I oil spill in the Delaware River in November 2004. 1. Anyone who knows about the release from a vessel or facility into the navigable waters of the U.S. of any object that creates an obstruction to navigation shall notify the federal authorities. - USD 1700 in 2007 and after. Additionally, within 3 years after enactment of this law and every three years thereafter, the federal government shall adjust these limits to reflect the consumer price index (CPI). 3. The U.S.
Delaware Bay Oil Spill Update
The Coast Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) continue to lead the recovery and clean-up of oil spilled in the upper Delaware Bay. As a preventive measure, the NJDEP has closed 70,000 acres of New Jersey's oyster beds to prevent potential environmental contamination. The Captain of the Port of Philadelphia has also issued a safety broadcast to mariners informing them of the obstructions to navigation due to the deployment of protective booming. Under direction of the Captain of the Port, protective booming which will limit or prohibit access to waterways has been placed in Back Creek, Nantuxet Creek, Fortescue Creek and Dividing Creek on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay.
Delaware Bay Oil Spill Update
The owners/managers of the Bermuda Islander, a Netherlands registered 340-foot container vessel, have activated The O’Brien’s Group, a spill management consultant, and agreed to take over the coordination of, and accept costs relating to recovery and clean-up operations of an oil spill in the upper Delaware Bay that happened Tuesday. The owners/managers, JR Ship Management, have been cooperating with the Unified Command since Thursday afternoon. Clean up costs had initially been funded by the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. The Bermuda Islander was determined to be one of the vessels of interest based on information received as part of an ongoing investigation into the source of the spill.
Buzzard’s Bay: One Year Later
April 27, 2004, marks one year since the Bouchard tank barge B. No. 120 ran aground and spilled approximately 55,000 gallons of Number 6 fuel oil in Buzzards Bay. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office (MSO) Providence has been working with several of its partners the past year to clean up the spill and to implement changes that can help prevent a similar disaster in the future. To date, more than $40 million has been spent on cleanup efforts. 99.8 percent of the shoreline areas that were oiled as a result of the spill have been cleaned, inspected by a combined team representing federal, state, local, and responsible party representatives, and found to meet the cleanup criteria under Massachusetts state law.
Deleware Bay Oil Spill Update
The Unified Command continues to oversee the recovery and clean-up operations of oil spilled in the upper Delaware Bay last Tuesday. Over the weekend, shoreline crews and assessment teams worked to clean up Delaware shorelines affected in Port Mahon, Pickering Beach and Kelly Island as well as Gandy's Beach in New Jersey. State and local officials also worked to identify additional areas impacted by the spill. Shoreline assessment crews today are focusing on areas from Kitts Hummock, DE south to Beach Plumb Island looking for any oil that may have come ashore. Clean-up crews are actively working along the Delaware shoreline at Slaughter Beach, Kitts Hummock and Big Stone. Reports of birds, one Sanderling and four Gulls, were reported to be affected by the spill over the weekend.
Mate Charged in Buzzards Bay Oil Spill
A Jacksonville, Florida man was charged today in federal court with one count of violating the Clean Water Act and one count of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Thomas V. Skinner, Acting Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance; William Schenkelberg, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service; and Thomas J. Healy, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement, announced today that FRANKLIN ROBERT HILL, age 53, of Jacksonville, Florida…
Delaware Bay: Oil Spill Update
The unified command is continuing its clean up efforts today in response to the undetermined amount of oil that was spilled into the Delaware River by the ATHOS I on November 27. Barges are being used to offload the ships oil cargo in order to lighten the ship for salvage operations. The barges have offloaded 5 million gallons of product so far. Transfer operations are expected to be completed this week. The cause of the incident is still under investigation. More than 1,600 responders are working in the command center and out in the field. 145 vessels are employed in the response effort. 10,918 gallons of oil/water mixture has been recovered. 318,960 pounds of oily solids (cleanup materials and oil) have been collected.
Safety Board Determines Cause of 2006 Barge Fire
The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the failure of Athena Construction to require its crews to pin mooring spuds securely in place on its barges led to an unintentional release of one of the spuds. This resulted in a pipeline rupture that killed six. Blanche Bay oil field in Louisiana, en route to a pile- driving location. side of barge IBR 234. The Miss Megan was secured astern of IBR 234 pushing both barges. a well in the bottom of the boat and used for mooring) on the Athena 106 released from its fully raised position. The spud dropped into the water and struck a submerged, high- pressure natural gas pipeline. The resulting gas released ignited and created a fireball that engulfed the towing vessel and both barges.
Trump Aims to Open Nearly All US Offshore to Oil Drilling
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production that sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry. The effort to open previously off-limits acreage in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans comes less than eight years after BP Plc's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - the largest in American history. The disaster…
Gulf of Thailand Oil Spill Nears Beaches
Oil leakage from a PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) pipeline has grown and spread to Koh Samet's Phrao Bay in the eastern province of Rayong, within 600 metres of one of Thailand's most popular tourist beaches, reports MCOT. By 10pm, Sunday night, 600 metres of Phrao Bay beach was oil-covered, with an oil slick 20-30 cm thick floating some 20 metres from the beach. At about 200 metres from shore, a thinner film of oil spread around the bay. The oil slick developed Saturday morning when approximately 50 tonnes (50…
President Lifts Ban on Bristol Bay Offshore Exploration and Drilling
The Bush administration recently announced that it has lifted a ban on offshore oil drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The move is a shot in the arm for the Alaska oil and gas industry, which is hoping for approval to build a new natural gas pipeline. A recently elected oil-friendly governor, the pipeline project and now expanded offshore drilling possibilities mean increased demand for workers. On January 9, 2007, the Bush administration lifted a long-standing moratorium on oil exploration in a 5.6 million acre area in the North Aleutian Basin of Alaska's Bristol Bay region. New Alaska Governor Sarah Palin welcomed the news that the moratorium has been lifted.
Coast Guard Responds to Oil Spill in Delaware Bay
The Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are working together to clean up an oil spill. The crewman onboard the tug Liberty notified the Coast Guard that oil was floating in the upper Delaware Bay. Marine science technicians from Sector Delaware Bay and a helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City were deployed to survey the scene and begin initial assessments. The sheen is a narrow band of oil five to six miles long, near the center of the bay in the main shipping channel, east of Port Mahon in Kent County, DE. The clean-up efforts of the spill began after the determination to use federal funds was made. Funds from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) will be used.