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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Northeast Gateway News

Connaughton Signs Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port License

Sean T. Connaughton signed Excelerate Energy’s Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge Deepwater Port license today in Washington DC. Excelerate will build the Northeast Gateway deepwater port approximately 18 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts. Spectra Energy, formerly Duke Energy, will build a 16-mile subsea pipeline from its existing HubLine to the deepwater port site to transfer natural gas from the vessels into New England’s gas pipeline network. Excelerate Energy will construct and own the deepwater port, which will be operated by Skaugen Offshore and will accommodate Excelerate’s proprietary Energy Bridge Regasification Vessel (EBRV) fleet operated by Exmar NV. The port’s infrastructure will feature two submerged turret loading buoys supplied by Advanced Production and Loading.

Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge LNG DWP

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice stating that the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge LLC liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) license application is available for review. The application proposes construction and operation of an LNG import facility in waters of Massachusetts Bay approximately 13 miles south-southeast of Gloucester. Public meetings will be held in Gloucester (June 14) and in Salem (June 15). Source: HK Law

MarAd Issues Info. on Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) released material supplementing the final environmental impact statement for the Northeast Gateway liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) license application. Comments on the new material should be submitted by December 26. Source: HK Law

Status Update: Northeast Gateway

On October 18, 2005, a public scoping meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts to discuss the proposed Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port project. The purpose of the meeting was to accept the public’s comments regarding the proposed project. The meeting took place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Faneuil Hall and was preceded by an informational open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A similar public scoping meeting and open house for the Northeast Gateway project took place in Gloucester, Massachusetts on October 19, 2005.

Agnes Candies to Work on Northeast Gateway Project

Deep Marine Technology, Inc. announces its Agnes Candies Saturation Vessel has gone to work for Horizon Offshore Contractors, Inc. on the Northeast Gateway Project. Working in Massachusetts Bay for a period of up to 120 days, the work scope for the vessel consists of the support of one, 24 in. pipeline and two, 18 in lateral pipelines including: Tie-ins, Testing, Dewatering, Drying. Some characteristics of the vessel include, 220 x 54 ft., 12 Man Saturation System, DP2, 40 Ton Knuckle Boom Crane Capabilities including the ability to perform: construction, installations, repairs, salvage and inspections.

Massachusetts Governor Approves Two Offshore LNG Terminals

The Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, has approved two offshore LNG terminals. The Northeast Gateway and Neptune projects are to be sited in federal waters approximately 13 and 7 miles south-southeast of Gloucester. Federal licenses for these projects have not yet been granted. Source: HK Law

MarAd Issues Notice onLNG DWP Application

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a notice stating that the final environmental impact statement for the Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) license application is available for review. The application is for a project that would be located in federal waters of Massachusetts Bay approximately 13 miles south-southeast of Gloucester. Meetings to receive public comments will be held in Gloucester (November 8) and Salem (November 9). Written comments must be submitted by November 25. Source: HK Law

Boston Safety Zones Created

The US Coast Guard has established two temporary safety zones each with a radius of 500 meters around two independent submerged turret loading buoys of Excelerate Energy’s Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 13 nautical miles south-southwest of Gloucester, Massachusetts. All vessels, other than liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and their support vessels, are prohibited from entering the safety zones. 73 Fed. Reg. 1274 (HK Law).

Coast Guard Prepares EIS on LNG Project

The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the proposed Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge LNG deepwater port (DWP) project. Public meetings will be held in Boston (October 18) and Gloucester (October 19). Written comments should be submitted by October 31. 70 Fed. Reg. 58228 Source: HK Law

EXMAR, Excelerate Confirm Charter

EXMAR confirms a long-term charter party with Excelerate Energy LP of a further liquefied natural gas regasification vessel (LNGRV). The vessel will be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME), and will incorporate the GTT membrane containment system together with Excelerate’s Energy Bridge technology, with delivery in the 2nd quarter of 2009. Excelerate Energy LP will use the ship to deliver regasified LNG to the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Port, and to support their application to construct a NorthEast Gateway - a deepwater port to be located offshore in Massachusetts Bay, near Boston in New England.

Excelerate, Exmar, Armada & MEBA Reach LNG Crewing Pact

Companies, LLC to supply U.S. natural gas (LNG) tankers. onboard Exmar's LNG vessels. into Exmar's fleet. deepwater port. second operating LNG deepwater port globally. the coast of Louisiana.

Horizon Offshore Signs Contract in Northeast

Horizon Offshore, Inc. announced that its subsidiary Horizon Offshore Contractors, Inc. signed a contract with Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC, an affiliate of Spectra Energy Corp., to lay and bury 16 miles of 24" trunk line, two 18" lateral lines, along with the associated tie-ins and testing of the pipelines. These pipelines will service the Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port being constructed offshore Massachusetts. The work is expected to commence in May 2007 with completion expected by November 2007. The Company will utilize three of its vessels to perform this project: the Lone Star Horizon, Atlantic Horizon and Texas Horizon. The company also said that its current backlog is approximately $300m.

MEBA & Armada Companies Form Offshore Terminal Lightering Partnership

The Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) has signed an agreement with Armada Companies, LLC to provide Person-In-Charge (PIC) marine officers for liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater ports and other terminals worldwide. provide U.S.-citizen merchant officers supplied by M.E.B.A. Gloucester, Massachusetts. normally stationed aboard vessels during cargo operations. and security procedures. (EBRV), ports, pipeline operators and other downstream interests. managers. Under the terms of the agreement, M.E.B.A. operations. Gateway deepwater port. be the second operating LNG deepwater port globally. Gateway, is located approximately 100 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Gulf Gateway is also owned by Excelerate Energy.

EXMAR Orders Fourth LNGRV

Exmar confirms a long-term charter party with Excelerate Energy LP, the liquefied natural gas shipper and marketers based in Woodlands, Texas, of a further liquefied natural gas regasification vessel (LNGRV). The vessel will be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME) as DSME Hull No. 2254 and will be named the EXPLORER. The EXPLORER, the ownership of which will be a Exmar 80% / Excelerate Energy 20% joint venture, will be constructed using the membrane containment system together with Excelerate’s Energy Bridge™ technology and will have a capacity of approximately 150,900 m³ with delivery in the 1st quarter of 2008.

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

Exmar Applies for Domain Concession for Construction of LNG

Exmar has applied to MBZ, the Zeebrugge Port Authority, for a domain concession for the construction of a discharging and ship-to-ship transfer installation for LNG and high pressure natural gas in the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium). Zeebrugge. Belgian and European gas markets, EXMAR wishes to build a new discharging and ship-to-ship transfer infrastructure in the Port of Zeebrugge. This infrastructure will be fully compatible with that already existing and will further strengthen the position Belgium commands as a supply and transit country for natural gas in Europe. For the construction and development of the new infrastructure, EXMAR is working closely together with such companies as Ondernemingen Jan De Nul (dredging), Praxair, Jacobs Engineering, ERM and ECOLAS.

MarAd Oks Plan For Mass. Bay LNG Terminal

Suez Energy North America announced MarAd has agreed to issue a deep water port license for its Neptune offshore liquefied natural gas terminal planned for Massachusetts Bay. The license will be issued after the Neptune project, planned in federal waters about 7 miles south-southeast of Gloucester, receives environmental permits from the Army Corps of Engineers as well as water and air discharge permits from the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed project must also get two key state environmental permits. That could be done by the middle of this year, a spokeswoman for Suez Energy, which also is the parent company of an onshore LNG terminal in Everett. The federal approval comes a month after former Gov.

Pecém Cargo Volume up by 19%

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Pecém reported a 19% annual increase in container handling volumes as the gateway port to northeast Brazil. APM Terminals Pecém, which is the container operator at the Port of Pecém which is managed by the state-owned company CIPP (former Cearaportos), handled 130,008 moves (213,951 TEUs – twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2017 a new volume record. Daniel Rose, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pecém said “We have been working closely with our shipping line customers and our landside customers to ensure they had the port service levels needed to grow their business.

Green Light for Offshore LNG

Stuck at the wrong end of North America's natural gas pipelines, Massachusetts has relied on boatloads of liquefied natural gas to supplement pipeline gas for more than 30 years. The need for LNG has spiked in recent years as power producers have turned to this fuel for the region's newest -- and cleanest -- fossil fuel electricity plants. The safest terminals for unloading LNG are offshore, far away from residential neighborhoods, so it is reassuring to see that plans for two such ports are moving ahead. Both would be 8 miles or more from the coast, southeast of Gloucester. The owner of one would be Excelerate Energy of Texas, which for more than a year has been operating an offshore LNG port in the Gulf of Mexico.

Westports Records Throughput of 9m TEUs

Photo: Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Malaysian port operator Westports Holdings Berhad  recorded FY17 container throughput of 9m TEUs which declined 10% YoY, in-line with our expectation of a poorer throughput outlook for the year. The decline was mainly due to drop in transhipment, while cushioned by strong growth in the gateway. Meanwhile, full compliance of MFRS 15 effective FY18 should be earnings-neutral. No changes made to our FY17-18E earnings forecasts. Maintain MARKET PERFORM and DDM-derived TP of RM3.70. Westports announced an update on its full-year FY17 container throughput, reporting in at 9m TEUs.

DP World increases Stake in Pusan Newport

DP World has acquired an additional 23.94% stake in Pusan Newport Company Limited (PNC) in South Korea from Samsung Corporation & Subsidiaries. This increases DP World’s holding in PNC to 66.03%, and the terms of the transaction are undisclosed. PNC is the largest terminal in the port of Pusan with 5.25m TEU capacity, handling 34% of the new port volumes. The New Port of Pusan began operations in 2006, and operates 23 container berths connecting to 500 ports in 100 countries. Overall, the Port of Pusan is the 6th largest port worldwide with volumes of 19.5m TEU in 2015 and accounts for approximately 75% of total container volumes in South Korea.

APM Terminals Poti to Build Cargo Terminal

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor. The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.

Massive Korean Containerport Takes Shape

Pusan Newport Co, Ltd. (PNC), scheduled to be the largest single terminal in Korea, has taken delivery of its first terminal equipment. The double cantilever Rail Mounted Gantry Crane marks the commencement of many more such deliveries. This arrival is the first of a total order of 81 units that are being constructed at Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Company’s facility in Korea. The RMGC’s handle 9 rows with a stacking height of 6 containers and a lifting capacity of 65 LT. The semi-automated cranes will be equipped with GPS and trailer positioning systems along with safety features for the protection of trucks. PNC is scheduled for opening in January of 2006 with the first three container berths of 350 m each.

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