Mexico Oil Export Ports Closed
Two of Mexico's chief oil export ports were closed on Tuesday, Reuters reported, because of strong winds and waves in parts of the Gulf of Mexico, port officials said. The port of Dos Bocas, located in the southeastern state of Tabasco, was shuttered as seas crested at 10 ft. and winds gusted at between nine and 12 mph, said an official at the port captain's office. The Pajaritos terminal, part of the Coatzacoalcos complex in eastern Veracruz state, was also closed as waves hit 10 ft. and winds ranged from 21 to 27 mph, said a port official. The Gulf-side port of Cayo Arcas in southeastern Campeche state and the Pacific Port of Salina Cruz were operating normally, said port officials and the Transport Ministry.
Bad Weather Closes 3 Major Mexican Oil Ports
Three of Mexico's major oil export ports along the Gulf coast have been closed due to bad weather, the Communications and Transport Ministry said on Tuesday. Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas and Coatzacoalcos have been closed since Sunday. Nearly all of Mexico's crude exports from Pemex, the state-owned oil producer, are shipped from the three ports to Gulf coast refineries in the U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana. (Reporting by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
Weather Stops Crude Exports
Mexico's crude oil export ports Dos Bocas and Pajaritos in the Gulf of Mexico remained closed on Wednesday by bad weather, the Transport Ministry said. Winds of up to 85 kmph were whipping up 14-ft. waves at Coatzacoalcos the Veracruz state port where Pajaritos is located, the ministry said. A daily average of 389,000 barrels of extra-light Olmeca crude was exported from Pajaritos in 1997.
Tropical Storm Keith Forces Key Oil Ports To Close
Two of Mexico's key oil export ports were shut down on Wednesday as tropical depression Keith whipped up winds and waves in the Gulf of Mexico, though the effects on oil production were not immediately known, authorities said. The port of Dos Bocas in southeastern Tabasco state was closed as winds blew from 21 and 27 miles per hour and seas swelled at between eight and 10 ft., said the transport ministry in a statement. Cayo Arcas in neighboring Campeche state was also closed, though the transport ministry did not provide details on port conditions.
Libyan Rebel Leader: Govt Has Not Fulfilled Deal to Reopen Ports
A rebel group controlling two large oil export ports in eastern Libya said on Wednesday the government had not fulfilled its part of an agreement to reopen the ports. Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, self-declared prime minister of the group, also told a pro-rebel television station it refused to deal with new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq. (Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Roche)
Libya's Hariga Oil Port Shut Due to Strike
Libya's eastern oil export port Hariga shut down because of a strike over unpaid salaries of security guards, closing the country's last functioning export port apart from two offshore fields. The closure will lower oil output to less than 300,000 barrels a day, a fraction of the 1.6 million Libya used to pump before the 2011 uprising toppling Muammar Gaddafi. The terminal near Tobruk, with a capacity of 120,000 b/d has by and large escaped disruption thanks to its easterly position.
Two Mexican Oil Ports Reopen after Dolly Downgraded
Two of Mexico's three main oil exporting ports in the Gulf of Mexico, Dos Bocas and Cayo Arcas, were reopened on Wednesday after major storm Dolly was downgraded, the country's communications and transport ministry said in a statement. Dolly, which was previously a tropical storm, weakened to remnant status on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. Mexico's third major oil hub, Coatzacoalcos, was never closed despite strong winds and rainfall associated with Dolly. The country's Tampico and Altamira ports, however, have been closed since Tuesday due to bad weather, the ministry added. Almost all of Mexico's crude oil exports are shipped to refineries on the Gulf Coast of the United States from the Dos Bocas, Coatzacoalcos and Cayo Arcas ports.
Libya's Hariga Oil Port Reopens After Strike
Libyan oil export port Hariga has reopened after guards ended a strike over salary payments, and the terminal will start loading tankers once better weather allows, a facility spokesman said on Tuesday. Libya shut most operations at the eastern port, located near the border with Egypt, on Saturday after security guards prevented a tanker from docking in protest over wages. "An oil tanker was supposed to dock at the port this morning but the weather was against this. We will wait until the weather allows us to go ahead," said spokesman Omran Al-Zwie. A closure at Hariga would have cut Libya's oil exports to 100,000 barrels per day or less, based on previous official data.
Inclement Weather Closes Two Mexican Ports
Strong winds and choppy seas produced by a Gulf of Mexico cold front forced the closure of two of Mexico's main oil exporting ports on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Pajaritos port, part of the Coatzacoalcos complex in eastern Veracruz state, was shuttered to oil tankers as waves crested at eight feet and winds blew at 30 to 33 miles per hour (50-55 km per hour), transportation officials said. The port of Dos Bocas, located in the southeastern state of Tabasco, was also closed but transportation officials did not provide conditions at the port. Mexico's two other ports - the Gulf port of Cayo Arcas in southeastern Campeche state and the Pacific facility of Salina Cruz in Oaxaca state - were both open on Tuesday afternoon.
Iran-Indian Co-operation in Chabahar Port
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to collaborate more closely with India on the strategic Chabahar port development. Rouhani made the pledge when India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval called on him in Tehran. The implementation of Chabahar-Zahedan Railway project and expanding Port of Jask to make it an important oil export port, President Rouhani said Iran is ready to cooperate more closely with the Indian private sector. The Port of Chabahar is a seaport in southeastern Iran. Its location lies in the Gulf of Oman. It is the only Iranian port with direct access to ocean.
First Oil tanker Libya's Hariga Since Strike, Storm
An oil tanker has docked at Libya's port of Hariga for the first time since security guards ended a strike this week and a storm passed, a port official said on Thursday. Authorities managed earlier this week to persuade security guards to end a strike over delayed salary payments, keeping Libya's only functional onshore oil export port open. A storm then further delayed the terminal's reopening. Greek-registered Minerva Zoe, which had been waiting to dock for a week, would start loading 725,000 barrels of oil soon, the official said, asking not to be identified. The tanker was bound for Italy. Another tanker importing 25,000 tonnes to Libya had also arrived, he said.
U.S. Crude Jumps $1 on Jobs Data, Libya Doubt
Crude oil prices on both sides of the Atlantic rose on Friday as data showed strong jobs growth in the United States and investors cast doubt on reports Libya's oil ports were about to reopen. The March U.S. non-farm payrolls report showed 192,000 jobs were added in March in major test of the argument that the economic weakness of January and February was due to bad weather. Expectations had been building that an eight-month blockage of Libya's oil export ports would end after rebels and the government said they were close to an agreement. The Libyan government said it had seen evidence of "good intentions" at indirect talks with eastern rebels that could lead to renewed exports.
Crude Spill Hits PDVSA's Jose Terminal
Operations at Venezuela's main oil-exporting port Jose were hit by a crude oil spill on Tuesday, union sources and shipping agents told Reuters. A break in a pipeline that runs from the oil terminal to a single buoy mooring (SBM) facility near Venezuela's eastern coast would have produced the spill, according to four sources familiar with the incident. None of the sources could confirm the spill's magnitude but operators said there were no vessels docking at the SBM at the time of the incident. The 36-inch pipe can transport up to 32,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil to the SBM facility, which is used by tankers to load oil for export. State-owned oil company PDVSA did not immediately respond to a request for information about the incident.
Air Strikes on Port of Misrata
Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government on Saturday staged air strikes on the commercial port of Misrata, a western city allied to a group that holds the capital Tripoli, both sides said. Fighting was also reported near the country's biggest oil export port located in the east, part of a struggle between troops loyal to two competing governments and parliaments. The internationally recognised prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni has been forced to run a rump…
Mitropoulos Visits Russia
During his week-long official visit to the Russian Federation (July 11-15, 2005), IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos has received pledges of continued support for a full range of IMO activities, including the important IMO Voluntary Member State Audit Scheme. In a packed program that included high-level talks as well as a series of visits to key Russian maritime centers, Mr. Mitropoulos received repeated assurance of the Russian Government’s firm intention to continue supporting the development and adoption of global standards for shipping engaged in international trade only through IMO and for the work programme and initiatives of the Organization. Among the senior figures with whom Mr. Mitropoulos enjoyed productive talks during his visit were Mr. M. E.
Oil Tanker on Fire at Nigerian Port
Reuters reported that an oil tanker burst into flames at Nigeria's Port Harcourt on Friday after two loud explosions were heard, oil industry sources said. The tanker was berthed in a general cargo area, not at an oil exporting terminal, and crude exports from the world's eighth largest oil exporter were not affected, the sources said. Port Harcourt is several miles from Nigeria's largest oil and gas export complex on Bonny Island. Source: Reuters
Storm Halts Russian Exports from Black Sea
Russia's Black Sea port of Novorossiisk halted oil exports on Monday due to storm, while the loadings are not expected to resume before Friday, port sources said. "The wind is very strong there. Looks like it (stoppage) will last till Friday," a source said. Another source said that a sea wave as high as four meters was detected near the terminal for Caspian Pipeline exports. Shipments of oil product exports via neighbouring port of Taman have also been suspended, according to a port source. Reporting by Gleb Gorodyankin
Libya's Largest Oil Port Begins Work
Libya has begun maintenance of the port of Es-Sider, biggest in the country of the terminal on oil export as part of plans to increase output from Africa’s biggest holder of crude reserves, says RNS. Exports should resume in a month once official orders are received to reopen the port, says Bloomberg quoting Galal Mohamed, head of operations at Waha Oil Co. Es-Sider is part of the plan of the authorities for increase in oil extraction. The port belongs to the Waha Oil company. It has been closed since December, 2014 because of armed attack.
Libya Oil Exports Stutter, Major Eastern Ports Await Restart
Libya will not be able to export oil through its two largest eastern ports before August, due to safety checks after a near year-long closure, a senior oil official said on Wednesday. The latest twist in a spiral of violence also casts a shadow over the vital deal two weeks ago to end the eastern blockade by federalist protesters of the last two facilities they held. Until April, the rebels were holding four out of five eastern ports, cutting off over half of Libya's export capacity. But an oil export return is proving slow and a full ramp up is already facing new obstacles with a fresh protest by oil guards at the port of Brega. At least 15 people have been killed in the capital and the eastern city of Benghazi since Sunday.
Libyan Oil Port Re-Opening Delayed
Technical problems have delayed the reopening of Libya's eastern Zueitina oil export terminal after the government reached a deal with rebels to end an eight-month blockade of the port, a minister said on Sunday. Two weeks ago, the Tripoli government reached an agreement with rebels in the restive east to end their occupation of four oil ports which had halted vital exports. Under the plan, the Hariga and Zueitina ports were due to open immediately while the larger Ras Lanuf and Es Sider terminals would resume oil exports within a month. But justice minister Salah al-Merghani said Hariga port located in Tobruk in the far east would be the only one to start operations due to technical problems at Zueitina.
DMA Call for Various Certificates
Time has come to apply for renewal of CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates from the Danish Maritime Authority(DMA). The certificates must be renewed once a year when the underlying insurance expires. Ships that are required to hold a certificate must not operate without valid certificates. Many certificates expire on 20 February 2018; these are typically the CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates based on P&I insurance. Some CLC, Bunker, Athens and WRC Certificates expire on dates other than 20 February 2018.
Med Crude-Kazakh CPC Strengthens, Azeri Exports to Drop
Kazakh CPC Blend crude strengthened on Tuesday as the outlook soured for the resumption of rival Libyan oil exports and a loading programme showed lower Azeri loadings in May. In the Platts window, oil major Total bid for CPC at dated Brent minus 50 cents, some 20 cents stronger than previous price estimates, but found no sellers, traders said. In the Urals market, Eni offered a cargo in the Baltic at dated Brent minus 75 cents, but found no buyers as the levels were considered too strong. Traders said CPC might be strengthening as the market for light barrels in Europe might be tightening. Azeri Light oil exports will decline in May to 748,000 barrels per day from 818,000 bpd in April, traders said on Tuesday, citing a loading programme.
Russian Baltic Oil Exports to Surge in New Year
Exports of Russian crude oil blend Urals will rise sharply in January from the Baltic Sea ports on the back of a government decision to cut export duties, a preliminary export schedule showed on Tuesday. Russia will raise crude oil exports from Primorsk to 3.6 million tonnes in January from 2 million tonnes in December. The neighbouring port of Ust-Luga will increase Urals exports to 2.2 million tonnes next month from 1.672 million tonnes scheduled for loading in December. A full January export schedule for the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk has yet to be released. (Reporting by Gleb Gorodyankin