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Monday, October 23, 2017

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FERC Accepts Kinder Morgan's Application

Proposed  Magnolia LNG Project

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGL) informs that the US   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted Kinder Morgan  Louisiana Pipeline LLC’s (KMLP) application pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act for the Lake Charles  Expansion  Project,  establishing  1  August  2014  as the  deadline  by  which  interested parties must formally intervene and/or submit comments on the filing. Kinder Morgan, Inc. As detailed in the ASX release on 1 July 2014, KMLP’s application seeks FERC’s authorisation to construct and operate the Lake Charles Expansion Project…

FERC Approves Lake Charles LNG Project

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted approval for the Lake Charles LNG export project, which will see the construction and operation of a natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Lake Charles, La. With FERC approval, the Lake Charles LNG project has now received the key remaining regulatory consent, according to BG Group, who is developing the project with Energy Transfer Equity LP and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. The project has conditional authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy for the export of up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day or approximately 15 million metric tons of LNG per annum. Energy Transfer owns an existing LNG regasification facility in Lake Charles, which will be converted to a liquefaction facility.

DOE Authorizes Third Proposed Facility to Export LNG

The Energy Department announced it has conditionally authorized Lake Charles Exports, LLC (Lake Charles) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States from the Lake Charles Terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lake Charles previously received approval to export LNG from this facility to FTA countries on July 22, 2011. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized to export at a rate of up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day (Bcf/d) for a period of 20 years. The Department granted the first authorization to export LNG to non-FTA countries in May 2011 from the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish…

Port of Lake Charles Terminal Expansion Gains $10m

Sen. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., a Senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $10 million grant for the Port of Lake Charles through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Grant Program. Today’s grant will expand the Port’s Bulk Terminal. In April, Sen. Landrieu wrote a letter in support of funding the Port of Lake Charles. Today’s grant will create 1,500 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs at the Port. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Landrieu helped to secure $600 million in the FY14 Appropriations Act for the TIGER discretionary grant program despite strong opposition from the House of Representatives, which completely eliminated funding for this program.

Ship Channel Set To Open Saturday

The U.S. Coast Guard will attempt to reopen the Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel to all ships including large crude oil tankers on Saturday, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard will attempt to refloat the sunken dry dock that has since mid-June stopped crude tankers getting to two big Gulf Coast refineries served by the channel. An initial refloat attempt was set for July 3, but work was delayed by mechanical problems. All shipping will be stopped through the channel early on Saturday morning to allow work to go ahead. Currently large crude vessels still cannot get to Conoco Inc.'s 243,000 bpd Lake Charles plant and Citgo Corp.'s 310,000 bpd plant, the spokesman said.

Sunken Drydock Removed From Ship Channel

The U.S. Coast Guard has removed the sunken drydock that has been blocking the Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel to large crude oil tankers, a spokesman said. "All sections of the sunken drydock have been removed from the Calcasieu River," the spokesman said. "The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting surveys to determine the need for additional dredging to return the channel to its project depth," he added. Until complete restoration of the channel, the Lake Charles pilots will be evaluating the navigable channel to determine beam and draft restrictions for safe passage, it added. The sunken dry dock had since mid-June stopped crude tankers getting to Conoco Inc.'s 243,000 bpd Lake Charles plant and Venezuelan-owned Citgo Corp.'s 310,000 bpd plant.

Ship Channel Opening Attempt Fails

The U.S. Coast Guard failed in its weekend attempt to reopen the Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel to all ships including large crude oil tankers, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard will now dismantle the sunken dry dock that has since mid-June stopped crude tankers getting to two big Gulf Coast refineries served by the channel. Work will start on Wednesday and take three to four weeks. Currently large crude vessels still cannot get to Conoco Inc.'s 243,000 bpd Lake Charles plant and Venezuelan-owned Citgo Corp.'s 310,000 bpd plant, the spokesman said.

Coast Guard Responds to Oil Spill in Lake Charles

The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill in the Calcasieu Parish Ship Channel, near the CITGO Clifton Ridge Terminal, in Lake Charles, La. CITGO notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles Tuesday night of an undetermined amount of oil spilling into the channel. At 3 a.m. today the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Capt. Sharon Richey, closed the Calcasieu Parish Ship Channel to all maritime traffic between lights 112 and 100. CITGO had been cleaning up a waste-water spill in the Indian Marais drainage, and have now expanded their efforts to include the new spill. The Coast Guard and CITGO are conducting aerial surveys to get a more accurate assessment of the situation. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

ACP Signs Pact with Lake Charles Port

The signing of the ACP / Port of Lake Charles cooperation agreement(image: courtesy ACP)

Agreement meant to capitalize Canal expansion while attracting new LNG customers. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry; a strategy that builds upon the advantages that the expanded Canal will offer. Currently, LNG vessels cannot transit through the waterway due to their beam dimensions, which are too wide to fit the existing locks.

Panama Canal Inks Deal with Lake Charles Port

Agreement aims to capitalize on the advantages the Canal Expansion will offer, attracting new customers from the LNG industry

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry; a strategy that builds upon the advantages that the expanded Canal will offer. Currently, LNG vessels cannot transit through the waterway due to their beam dimensions, which are too wide to fit the existing locks. The agreement will promote cooperation in marketing activities…

BG, Energy Transfer get Nod for Lake Charles LNG

BG Group and Energy Transfer Partners have gained approval from the U.S. energy regulator for their liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and export plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the companies said. The go-ahead is a key milestone for the project, one of an array of planned U.S. LNG export plants set to bring shale gas to gas-hungry consumers across the globe. The partners said they would take a final investment decision on the project, expected to export around 15 million metric tonnes of LNG a year, in 2016 and that first LNG exports from the plant could follow four years after construction starts. "Lake Charles LNG has the potential to create several thousand jobs during construction and if fully operational could result in approximately 250 long-term operational positions…

Sunken Drydock Blocks Shipping Channel

A Louisiana shipping channel used to supply crude oil to two big Gulf coast refineries has reopened to most ships but very large vessels may still not be able to get through, the U.S. Coast Guard reported on Monday. A sunken drydock has been blocking the shipping channel in the Calcasieu River, just north of the Intracoastal Waterway, since Tuesday, preventing deepdraft vessels, such as crude oil tankers, from passing through the area. The dry dock is still sunken, and not yet been salvaged," USCG said. "Very large vessels may not be able to bypass the sunken dry dock," it added. The U.S. government last week said it was releasing 500…

LEEVAC Wins $40M Casino Boat Contract

Leevac Industries, LLC of Jennings, La., won a $40 million contract from PNK (Lake Charles), LLC for the construction of a 330 x 225 x 13-ft. (100.5 x 68.5 x 3.9 m) Paddlewheel Casino Vessel. Lay, Pittman and Associates, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., are the naval architects. The casino vessel will hold more than 1,500 slot machines and 60 table games and will be moored in Lake Charles, La. This vessel will be the largest riverboat casino built in the State of Louisiana. Leevac’s President, William F. Stokes said, “We are pleased that Pinnacle Entertainment has placed the confidence in our ability to construct this project and the award…

Johnson Promoted to Manager at Crowley

Puerto Rico/Caribbean group. president, operations. company's Gulf operations for the last 27 years. devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Johnson has a degree in Business Education from McNeese State University.

Towing Vessel Runs Aground in Louisiana

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles

An uninspected towing vessel taking on water has run aground in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Ship Channel, early Monday morning. At 3:45 a.m., the three-man crew aboard the 60-foot towing vessel Mr. Landon intentionally ran the vessel aground near Monkey Island to avoid sinking when they realized they were taking on water in the stern. No injuries were reported. Approximately 10 gallons of oil was spilled as a result of the incident. Clean up efforts were coordinated by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Lake Charles members…

MARAD to Host Meeting on Proposed Delfin LNG License

MARAD Announces Public Scoping Meetings for Proposed Delfin Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port Export Facility. On July 29, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) published a Federal Register Notice of Intent (NOI) advising the public that the agency, in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), will host public scoping meetings regarding the Delfin LNG, LLC deepwater port export license application. The scoping process will assist in identifying and determining the range of environmental issues that the Federal government should consider as it prepares the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the application. The public is invited to participate in the scoping process by attending the public meetings or by submitting written comments to the Federal docket.

Future LNG Exports to Impact Traffic, Tug Requirements

Workboat requirements will soar as heightened safety requirements for LNG transit demand tighter oversight. The Louisiana Gulf is gearing up to export liquefied natural gas from Sabine Pass and Lake Charles in the state’s southwest and Plaquemines Parish in the southeast. Over the next five years, as LNG import terminals begin exporting and new terminals are built, more tugs and channel pilots will be needed, industry experts said last month. A convoy system will be employed to handle outgoing and incoming tankers. Safety rules for the region’s waterways are also almost certain to be revised.

Gladding-Hearn Delivers Calcasieu Pass Pilot

Photo courtesy Gladding-Hearn

In America, deep-V hulls are synonymous with the late C. Raymond Hunt who founded the firm with current president John Deknatel in the 1960s. The design was, conceived and patented by C. Raymond Hunt in 1963. The sharp entry forward keeps pounding to a minimum. There is no deep forefoot to cause bow steering and broaching. The V-shape is carried all the way to the transom, which results in evenly distributed displacement and lateral plane. Since 1978 C. Raymond Hunt Associates have collaborated more than 40 times with Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding to design and build tough…

Lake Charles Orders Another Gladding-Hearn Pilot Boat

The Lake Charles Pilots, which operates on the Calcasieu ship channel in southwestern Louisiana, has ordered its third pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. Delivery is scheduled for February 2008. According to Lake Charles pilot, Capt. Mike Miller, the new boat order was prompted by plans for more than 400 LNG tankers traveling to terminals on the Calcasieu River by 2008. Featuring the C. Raymond Hunt-designed deep-V hull, the all-aluminum vessel measures 75.8 ft. overall, with a 20.6-ft. beam and a 6.8-ft. draft. At the shear is a heavy-duty, 12-inch D rubber fender in addition to tires. With a top speed of 27 knots, the boat will be powered by twin Cummins QSK38M diesel engines, each producing 1350 Bhp at 1900 rpm.

Lake Charles Pilots Orders Boat

The Lake Charles Pilots, which operates on the Calcasieu ship channel in southwestern Louisiana, has ordered its third pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. Delivery is scheduled for February 2008. According to Lake Charles pilot, Capt. Mike Miller, the new boat order was prompted by plans for more than 400 LNG tankers traveling to terminals on the Calcasieu River by 2008. “With all of this new traffic on the river, we wanted a stable boarding boat with a deep-V hull that can operate continuously to the outermost sea buoy, 30 miles off the coast. The sea conditions out there normally run three to five feet, but can often climb to ten feet,” he said. Featuring the C. Raymond Hunt-designed deep-V hull, the all-aluminum vessel measures 75.8 ft.

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels to Supply Houston Market

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels has begun supplying marine fuels in Houston, Texas, with immediate effect. ExxonMobil will offer 180cSt, 380cSt and 500 cSt marine fuel as well as marine gasoil (MGO) and marine distillate (MDO). Entry into the Houston market expands ExxonMobil's existing marine fuel market offerings in Beaumont, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Bush, Allen Visit Katrina Staging Site

President George W. Bush and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen visit Coast Guard and Joint Task Force personnel at a Hurricane Katrina staging site in Lake Charles, La. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Mariana O'Leary.

Gulf Coast, Fog Halts Ships

According to a Jan. 5 report from Reuters, Fog hampered shipping Monday afternoon along the central U.S. Gulf Coast. Houston, Galveston, Texas City and Beaumont and Port Arthur in Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana were all affected. (Source: Reuters)

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