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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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GoM Lease Sale to yield greater focus : NOIA

NOIA President Randall Luthi Photo NOIA

“The historic size of tomorrow’s Region-wide Gulf of Mexico lease sale, combined with improving market conditions and a shallow water incentive, may draw more interest from industry than we have seen in recent years. “Operators are global in nature and will bid where they believe they will get the most ‘bang for their buck’. The results of recent sales in the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico demonstrate that the United States cannot tread water by offering the same acreage time and time again without additional incentives.

Record-size US Offshore Oil Lease Sale Draws Modest Bidding

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Oil and gas drillers bid modestly on Gulf of Mexico acreage in the largest lease sale in American history on Wednesday, dealing a setback to the Trump administration's efforts to rapidly pump up investment in the region. The Interior Department had offered up a record 77 million acres (31.2 million hectares) for development in the Gulf with discounted royalty rates on the shallower tracts as part of a broader effort by President Donald Trump's administration to ramp up U.S. fossil fuels output.

Denmark, Mexico Sign Maritime MoU

Map: Danish Maritime Authority

Denmark's Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen and Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Gerado Ruiz Esparza, have signed a maritime MoU to increase the two countries’ cooperation on maritime topics. Maritime topics such as digitalization and green shipping. The MoU was signed during the visit of the Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs to Mexico. The maritime MoU is part of the strategic partnership agreement that Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Mexican president signed in April 2017.

US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

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The Trump administration's plan to broadly expand drilling in U.S. offshore waters is moving slowly due to opposition from coastal states and indifference from oil companies that have turned their focus to other opportunities. The administration hopes encouraging U.S. energy development outside of shale oilfields will further its goal of "energy dominance." But existing Obama administration lease rules remain in place through 2022 unless the new rules gain approval. The Department of the Interior this year proposed opening vast new acreage in the U.S. outer continental shelf to drilling.

Mexico Slaps Tariffs on Chinese Steel Pipe for 'Unfair' Pricing

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Mexico's economy ministry said on Thursday it formally imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of carbon steel pipe from China after completing an investigation into "unfair" trade practices. The action came the same day U.S. President Donald Trump was set to announce tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States in a bid to counter cheap imports, especially from China. Mexico's investigation of Chinese steel pipes predated Trump's tariff plan, beginning in December 2016 at the request of three companies and covering an analysis of the period from May 2013 to April 2016…

BSEE Launches Risk-Based Inspection Program

Risk-based inspections Courtesy BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) this week announced the implementation of a new Risk-Based Inspection Program that employs a systematic framework to identify facilities and operations that exhibit a high-risk profile. The risk-based inspections supplement BSEE’s existing National Safety Inspection Program. The OCS Lands Act authorizes BSEE to conduct annual scheduled inspections and periodic unannounced inspections of all oil and gas operations. The new…

Wight Shipyard Building Fast Ferry Duo for Mexico

Photo: Wright Shipyard

Export orders continue for shipbuilder Wight Shipyard Co with a multiple vessel contract from Mexico’s largest ferry operator. The order for two new 37-meter passenger ferries comes from Ultramar, who until now has built all its high speed ferries in the U.S. The newbuils will be the first British vessels to be built for Mexico in living memory. “This order for Ultramar really is very satisfying as it continues our move into international markets,” said Wight Shipyard CEO, Peter Morton.

Natural Gas Boom Causes Soft Offshore Rig Demand

Demand for offshore rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has softened after a natural gas drilling boom in the first half of 2001, but forces that could support a recovery may already be at work, analysts said on Monday. Drilling has slowed down in the waters off the Texas and Louisiana coasts in response to a steep drop in U.S. natural gas prices from record highs of around $10 per thousand cubic feet at the end of last year to levels of around $3 in recent weeks. The number of rigs working in the U.S. Gulf fell to 165 last week from 168 the previous week, bringing the utilization rate for the U.S. Gulf drilling fleet down to 77.8 percent from 90.5 percent in late April, according to Offshore Data Services.

#BTC100 History

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

At the end of the 1980s, the Bouchard fleet includes 19 barges, and 11 twin screw tugboats. The barges can now carry anywhere from 18,000 to 125,000 barrels, while the tugboats run at anywhere from 4,200 horsepower to 6,000 horsepower. Also, during this rapid growth period, Bouchard extends its route to include the entire eastern seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes. The July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News will feature a special “Bouchard Transportation Co. Celebrates 100 Years” magazine.

BOEM Seeks Comments on Environmental Review

Public Hearings Scheduled to provide opportunities for public input. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), providing updated environmental and socioeconomic analysis to support two proposed lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico. Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 233 is tentatively scheduled for 2013 in the Western Planning Area (WPA), offshore Texas; and Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 231 is scheduled for 2014 in the Central Planning Area (CPA), offshore the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. BOEM will hold public hearings to provide an opportunity for interested citizens and organizations to comment on the environmental impact statement. Comments will be used to prepare the final SEIS.

Maersk's Port Business Woos Customers with New Transport Services

(File photo: APM Terminals)

Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk's is betting on winning new customers for its port division by becoming a one-stop shop that can transport goods from factory to retailers' shelves. The move comes as Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper, is entering uncharted territory following its sale last year of most of its energy businesses. This marked a major shift of focus for the group towards transport and logistics. Last month, Maersk said it aimed to expand its port and transport services…

Pemex May Tear Down Offshore Platform

Pemex said it may tear down an offshore platform if its structure, hurt by a series of recent fires, weakens further to prevent more damage to adjacent oil-pumping facilities. On Tuesday, a fire broke out at the Kab-121 well on the Kab-101 platform in the Gulf of Mexico, which was damaged in a blaze last month that killed 21 workers. The platform is being repaired but the fire has not been extinguished yet. Pemex would consider tearing down the Usumacinta platform, connected by a bridge to neighboring Kab-101 where most of the wells are located, to control the fire and stop oil leaks into the sea. Pemex, a top-three supplier of oil to the United States, has suffered repeated disruptions to its production and shipping operations this year due to stormy weather in the Gulf of Mexico.

Poor Maintenance, Voyage Planning Led to Arca 1 Grounding

Arca 1. Photo: Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)

In its investigation report, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that inadequate vessel maintenance and voyage planning guided by an underqualified crew led to the January 2017 grounding of the bunkering tanker Arca 1 near Sydney, Nova Scotia. There were no injuries to the six people on board and there was no pollution. On 8 January 2017, while being delivered to Mexico from Sorel, Quebec, the bunkering tanker Arca 1 went aground in Little Pond, Nova Scotia in heavy weather while under reduced propulsion due to a failure of the port propulsion clutch.



Vessels Christened at Trinity Shipyard amid Fanfare Befitting the Occasion, Attended by a Host of Dignitaries and Featuring a Luncheon to Celebrate the Event. Trinity Offshore, LLC and Signet Maritime Corporation christened M/V SIGNET STARS & STRIPES and M/V SIGNET CONSTELLATION yesterday at the Trinity Shipyard in Gulfport, Mississippi. This extraordinary affair included many of Signet Maritime’s and Trinity Offshore’s valued customers and employees in addition to many local, state and national political figures. The Christenings occurred at 10:30 A.M. Mrs. Gayle L.

Marlink Moves Warehouse Facility in Houston

Photo: Marlink

Marlink has moved to larger premises in Houston, ensuring its ability to meet the growing needs of its Gulf of Mexico offshore industry and shipping customers. The new facility includes expanded office space to accommodate growth in sales and support functions at both Marlink and Telemar, in addition to a new warehouse facility to support even more responsive bridge and satcom equipment installation, and on board services. The new Houston location will continue to play an important role in the Marlink Group…

BHP Billiton, Pemex sign Trion Contract

Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexican Minister of Energy,  Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, Andrew Mackenzie, BHP Billiton CEO and José Antonio González Anaya, CEO of PEMEX. Photo: BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton has advanced its exploration and production interests in the Gulf of Mexico by executing a contract with PEMEX Exploration & Production Mexico (Pemex) to complete work on the significant Trion discovery in Mexico. In December 2016, BHP Billiton successfully bid on the resource that, once fully appraised, is expected to be in the top 10 fields discovered in the Gulf of Mexico in the last decade. The agreement includes a commitment to deliver a Minimum Work Program, which consists of drilling one appraisal well, one exploration well and the acquisition of additional seismic data.

APM TEC2 Receives Cranes

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas Mexico receives new cranes

The first three of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced Ship-to-Shore (STS) container cranes and two rail mounted cranes for the intermodal rail facility have been delivered to APM Terminals’ Lázaro Cárdenas (TEC2), now in the final stages of construction at Mexico’s second-largest container port. The terminal development milestone was commemorated by a ceremony held in Mexico’s capital city, attended by Mexico’s General Director of Promotion and Port Administration…

LCS 16 Completes Acceptance Trials

USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Austal USA)

The U.S. Navy’s next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Tulsa (LCS 16), has moved a step closer to deliver with the completion of acceptance trials on March 8. An industry team led by shipbuilder Austal USA performed comprehensive tests while LCS 16 was underway in the Gulf of Mexico in order to demonstrate to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. LCS 16 will be the eighth Independence-variant LCS built by Austal for the U.S. Navy and the second delivered so far in 2018.

Nine Voith Tugs for Pemex

Building Director Admiral Jose A. Sierra shows to Mexican President Pena Nieto how the Voith Schneider Propeller works in a Voith Water Tractor tugboat, during the keel laying ceremony, celebrated January 2 in the Shipyard ASTIMAR 20. (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Nine Voith Water Tractors will be built under an agreement signed with Mexico's petroleum company, Pemex, for use at oil and gas maritime terminals on both coasts of the country.    Construction on four of the nine tugboats began after a keel laying ceremony at Astimar 20, Mexico's biggest shipyard, located in the port of Salina Cruz on Mexico's Pacific Coast.    In attendance was Mexico's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, who spoke about the importance of the project for the country.  

Mexican Navy to Build Radars in Gulf of Mexico

According to reports, Mexico's navy said Monday that it plans to build five radars near oil installations in the Gulf of Mexico to safeguard against terrorist attacks. The radars will monitor the sea and air, Navy Secretary Francisco Saynez said. A natural gas pipeline on mainland Mexico was attacked this month by a small, left-wing guerrilla group. Last year, an Internet article purportedly from a Saudi Arabian group affiliated with al-Qaida urged attacks against oil facilities worldwide — namely those in Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. Officials, however, have not found any evidence of al-Qaida activists in Mexico. Source: AP

Offshore Deepwater Rebound?

Photographer: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil

Statoil was awarded blocks 1 and 3 in the Saline Basin in the Deepwater exploration tender in the Mexican Round 1. The blocks cover an area of about 5,650 km2 (18,500 square miles) in the largely unexplored deepwater areas of the Saline Basin. Statoil will be the operator of blocks 1 and 3, at 33.4% equity, with partners BP and Total participating equally with the remaining equity. The licences were awarded in a competitive bid round. A total of 10 deepwater blocks were on offer, with four in the Perdido Area and six in the Saline Basin.

CMA CGM Services to Asia and Mexico, Central America & WCSA

Photo: CMA CGM

In a continued effort to provide our customers with reliable and efficient services from Asia to Latin America, CMA CGM wishes to inform about the improvement of ACSA services linking Asia to Mexico, Central America and West Coast South America. Port coverage will increase and will be improved with: Pusan EB call, Balboa EB and Coronel on ACSA 2. CMA CGM will keep providing the most efficient services to link Asia to West Coast Latin America and Caribbean: 4 unique direct services from Asia to Mexico…

Maersk Sees Strong Growth in Mexico

Photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Line saw a 21 percent jump in cargo volumes in Mexico between January and October 2016 compared with the year-earlier period, says a report by T21. Mexico is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of the newly expanded Panama Canal and its infrastructure is undergoing a major transformation in order to enable it to benefit from increasing trade. One of the most notable achievements of the shipping company in Mexico is the launch of the direct service between Mexico and Japan (Yokohama)…

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