Trade War Contributes to U.S. LNG Export Decline
The number of U.S. liquefied natural gas vessels that went to China in 2018 fell by around 20 percent from the prior year as the trade war between Beijing and Washington heated up.In recent weeks, however, that dispute has cooled somewhat with talks in China this week between Chinese and U.S. trade teams raising hopes additional tariffs can be avoided.As the trade war escalated during the last six months of 2018, only six LNG vessels went from the United States to China, down from 25 during the same period in 2017. China imposed tariffs on U.S.
Inflation Buiilds, Oil Slides
Oil fell for a third day on Wednesday, dropping nearly 1 percent on concerns about rising U.S. production and another drop in financial markets after U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected. Brent crude futures fell 55 cents to $62.17 a barrel by 1350 GMT. The price has lost 11 percent since hitting a high above $71 in January and has now wiped out all its 2018 gains. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures dropped 77 cents to $58.42 a barrel. U.S. consumer prices excluding energy and food accelerated at their fastest pace in a year…
SOFEL Earns API-2C Monogram Certificate
TRIYARDS Holdings Limited announced today that its Vietnam facility, Saigon Offshore Fabrication and Engineering Ltd (SOFEL) has been granted the API-2C Monogram Certificate, becoming first such facility in Vietnam to receive the API-2C Monogram Certificate. SOFEL was established in 2009 as TRIYARDS’ vessel construction arm. The 134,0002m facility in Vung Tau, Vietnam currently extends over a 347m-long water frontage, an undercover workshop and an industrial activities yard. API grants the API-2C Monogram Certificate to crane manufacturers that meet a set of specified production criteria.
Double Certification for Albwardy Damen
Albwardy Marine Engineering/Damen Shipyards Sharjah has recently received two quality management certifications: the first involving the new ISO 9001:2015 Management System Certificate awarded by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), and the the second is the American Petroleum Institute’s API Specification Q1. At a recent presentation at Albwardy Damen’s facilities in the Sharjah Hamriyah Free Zone of the United Arab Emirates, representatives from LRQA awarded the yard the ISO 9001:2015 certificate.
'80s Brain Drain Haunts Today’s Offshore Layoffs
Companies struggle to balance cost-cutting with skills retention. If you can’t accept the rollercoaster of employment that is the offshore industry, adding and shedding jobs like clockwork through its cyclical ups and downs, don’t get on for the ride. That cold bucket of reality is repeated like a mantra across the industry. Job security and highly paid offshore employment are like mixing oil and water. The emulsion will keep hold for a while until it eventually falls apart when oil prices disintegrate. It’s a pattern industry veterans know well.
Drydocks World Secures New ISO Certificate
Drydocks World the international service providers to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors won the ISO 3834-2: 2005 certificate for quality requirements on fusion welding of metallic materials. This certificate validates Drydocks World’s capabilities in line with international welding standards and criteria, ensuring proper monitoring, documenting, testing and supervision of the welding process. The terms of service required in relation to welding have been met through compliance with rules, conditions and requirements.
NOIA: Safety is First Priority Offshore
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi joined American Petroleum Institute (API) president and CEO Jack Gerard and International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) president and CEO Stephen Coleville this morning to discuss improvements in offshore safety since the Macondo Well accident five years ago. Luthi highlighted the importance of offshore safety, addressing many of the safety enhancements and industry measures that have been adopted since April 20, 2010. “No well is worth the loss of a life, and [the Macondo] tragedy claimed 11.
InterAct Appoints Lerma as Engineering Manager
InterAct, an Acteon company, has appointed Val Lerma, P.E., as engineering manager. Lerma will be based in InterAct’s Ventura, California, office and has more than 30 years of experience working with major and independent oil and gas operators, both on and offshore. She has experience in drilling, reservoir and production engineering as well as management roles and will enhance InterAct’s engineering capabilities. Lerma served as the engineering manager, business development manager and president of Orchard Petroleum Inc., and Orchard E&P, LLC.
Study: US Offshore Holds Huge Untapped Potential
Two new studies released today by the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) show significant potential added energy and economic benefits to the United States if the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific outer continental shelf (OCS) were opened to offshore oil and natural gas development. Both studies were conducted by Quest Offshore Inc., which also conducted a study of the Atlantic OCS, which NOIA and API released last year. “The U.S.
USCG Presents William M. Benkert Awards
Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger presented the 2014 Rear Adm. William Benkert Awards at the American Petroleum Institute's (API) annual tanker conference Thursday. The award is given to support and recognize maritime industry efforts for their environmental protection programs. This biennial award was started in 1995 and honors industry leaders in the field of marine safety and environmental protection and provides an opportunity for the Coast Guard to recognize leadership, innovation and creativity found among those members of the maritime industry.
Allegretti Addresses API Tanker Conference
Appearing before the American Petroleum Institute’s Tanker Conference in Austin, AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti affirmatively stated that the domestic maritime industry is fully committed to serving its customers and the country as the nation’s energy economy grows, highlighting the significant investment American marine transportation companies have made and are continuing to make in state-of-the-art vessels to meet near-term and long-term transportation needs. Allegretti spoke at the conference on behalf of both AWO and the American Maritime Partnership. “The transformation of the U.S.
Polar Tankers Win Prestigious Coast Guard Award
The United States Coast Guard informs that it has recognized ConocoPhillips subsidiary Polar Tankers, Inc. with the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Osprey Award for Environmental Excellence. Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, the USCG 29th Vice Commandant, presented the award at the American Petroleum Institute Tanker Conference. The Benkert awards were created to recognize outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond compliance with industry and regulatory standards. A committee reviews and scores award applications submitted biennially by maritime operators.
GEG Names Garber as CIO
Greene’s Energy Group (GEG), a provider of integrated testing, rentals and specialty services, has named Gene Garber as Chief Integration Officer, announced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Vilyus. Based in Lafayette, La., Garber, who also maintains his position as Senior Vice President, will now also be responsible for the development and integration of operational programs, strategies and associated projects to achieve strategic business goals and operational objectives. Additionally…
Offshore Installations: BSEE to Host Hurricane Preparations Forum
The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will host a public forum on offshore energy infrastructure hurricane preparedness and response on Thursday, June 27, 2013, as part of its efforts to improve the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. “In our continuing efforts to be fully prepared for hurricane season, we are bringing together representatives from the government, oil and gas industry and environmental community to discuss our actions to protect offshore energy infrastructure and the environment during a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico…
John McLaurin to Receive 2013 Connie Award
John McLaurin, President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), a West Coast maritime trade association representing ocean carriers and marine terminal operators on a variety of local, state and federal issues, has been selected to receive the 2013 Connie Award to be presented on the West Coast by the Containerization and Intermodal Institute. The industry-wide dinner event honoring Mr. McLaurin will be held on Thursday, September 26, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, Calif.
US Outer Continental Shelf: New Vessel Safety & Environment Rules Proposed
The U.S. Coast Guard herald the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publicize regulations requiring vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities to develop, implement and maintain a vessel-specific safety and environmental management system. The safety and environmental management system incorporates the management program and principles of American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice for Development of a Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations and Facilities, Third Edition, May 2004 (API RP 75).
Highly Successful IMCA Annual Seminar
USA hosted the nineteenth International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) annual seminar from 9-10 November, with its theme ‘The future of marine and subsea operations’. This year’s seminar attracted over 340 delegates, and was endorsed by IADC, OGP, MTS dynamic positioning committee, API, ADC International, OCIMF, and OOC. The two days saw a range of presentations, workshops, social events, an exhibition with stands from 19 different companies, and some strong views from speakers and delegates alike.
The Importance and Value of Marine Industry Training
The Coast Guard Marine Industry Training Program offers incredible opportunities for Coast Guard employees to intimately learn specific facets of the marine industry. Participants of the program work directly for industry partners for up to 1 year. In addition to building superior government/industry working relationships, the program affords industry sponsors an opportunity to share detailed business considerations and limitations, so that Coast Guard regulatory activities most effectively promote safety, while limiting undue burden on the maritime industry.
EDS Makes Two Senior Appointments
Environmental Drilling Solutions (EDS), a provider of drilling waste management, solids control and backyard management solutions to the oil and gas industry, announced two senior-level additions to its management team: John Meckert as chief executive officer (CEO) and John Marty III as business development manager. Meckert joins EDS with 23 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily in oilfield services and drilling. He has spent most of his career at various divisions of Nabors Industries, the world’s largest land driller.
Barge Industry Addresses USCG Draft SGEWW
The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, submitted comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s draft policy for the bulk carriage of conditionally permitted shale gas extraction wastewater (SGEWW). AWO members account for more than 80% of domestic barge tonnage, including the vast majority of tank barges and two-thirds of towing vessel horsepower, moving cargoes essential to the American economy on the inland rivers, the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts, and the Great Lakes.
APL: Highest Honor for Marine Enviro Protection
Global container carrier APL received the United States’ Coast Guard’s highest award for excellence in marine environmental protection here today. The world’s seventh largest container carrier took home the Osprey award - the highest level of recognition within the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award, considered the premier environmental award in the U.S. maritime industry, conferred biennially. “We are very proud to earn this top accolade, which is reserved for the most significant environmental achievements…
Coast Guard Recognizes Industry's Environmental Excellence
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the award recipients for the 2012 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert, Marine Environmental Protection Award for Excellence at the American Petroleum Institute Tanker Conference in Orlando, Fla. The winner of the Osprey award went to APL Co. Pte. Ltd. based out of Singapore in the large vessel category. The winners for the Gold award went to AEP River Operations based out of St. Louis and Holland America based out of Seattle in the foreign vessel category.
INSIGHTS: Sean T. Connaughton
Sean Connaughton, Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia, oversees seven state agencies with more than 9,700 employees and combined annual budgets of $5 billion. But this transportation professional is perhaps best known to MarineNews readers as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator during the second Bush Administration. As U.S. Maritime Administrator, he was responsible for the daily management of that agency and its promotional programs for the marine transportation industry.
Changes in Oil Trade Patterns and their Effects
With “America’s Energy Renaissance” oil trade patterns are changing. The impact is far reaching, but not easily defined. Ship spotters around the Hudson River, which snakes north from New York towards Albany, have been abuzz since the middle of the year when the medium range (MR) tanker Afrodite, owned by Tsakos Energy Navigation, has been sighted regularly. The 2005-built 53,000 deadweight vessel commenced a two-year charter to Irving Oil, at a rate of $16,000/day, topped off by a profit-split.
WRS Adds Johnson as President
Wellsite Rental Services, LLC (WRS), a rental equipment provider for the drilling and production sectors of the oil and gas industry, has appointed Mark Johnson as president. Johnson joins Wellsite Rental Services with more than 34 years of experience in the oil and gas, domestic inspection and rental markets. He will manage all business ventures including operations and sales, while developing the core business and expanding the company’s reach. The company said it will announce a broader product line in the near future, a venture that will be led by Johnson.
Tote Services Top Leadership Position Changes
President of TOTE Services, Captain Jorge Aguirre, retires after 33 years with the company, to be replaced by Retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Philip H. Greene, Jr. Captain Aguirre spent 16 years at sea, coming ashore with TOTE Services in June of 1980 as a Port Captain at the Philadelphia headquarters of the company, then known as Interocean Management Corporation or IOM. He served as Manager of Operations, then Senior Vice President and in 2001 was made President. He has made significant contributions to the industry by lending his experience and interest in vessel safety…