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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Gulf Of Mexico News

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Port Manatee, Carver Maritime Ink Long-term Terminal Deal

Port Manatee and Carver Maritime LLC have entered a long-term marine terminal operating agreement for a 10-acre aggregate offloading facility at the Florida Gulf Coast port.The agreement, for as many as 20 years including options, was approved Thursday by the Manatee County Port Authority and ensures property lease payments totaling $1.8 million for the initial five-year term, in addition to wharfage payments for annual cargo throughputs.Carver Laraway, president of Altamont,…

Containerships docked at the Port of New Orleans which is located along the Lower Mississippi River and supports deepening the channel’s depth to 50 feet. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Mississippi River Ship Channel Deepening Project Moves Forward

The Mississippi River Ship Channel could be the first port complex on the Gulf Coast to reach a depth of 50 feet now that the Director’s Report has been signed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Elected officials and industry leaders have long worked to increase the channel’s depth to 50 feet, which is the same depth of the expanded Panama Canal.In signing the Report, Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works James C. Dalton stated the project is “economically justified and…

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McDermott Wins Shell Contract for Gulf of Mexico

McDermott International announced a contract from Shell Exploration and Production Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) plc, for subsea umbilical and flowline installation at the Perdido development, located 230 miles south of Galveston, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico."This award strengthens McDermott's relationship with Shell as we work together to safely and competitively deliver this next-generation deepwater energy project," said Richard Heo, McDermott's Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America.

Port Houston’s newest ship-to-shore cranes stand nearly 30 stories tall with a boom length of 211 ft. able to load and unload vessels up to 22 containers wide. (Photo: Business Wire)

New Cranes Arrive at Port Houston’s Bayport Terminal

The arrival of three new 270 foot-tall Super Post-Panamax cranes to Port Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal on Tuesday highlights $100 million in terminal investments.The three neo-panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes were the first of two crane shipments Port Houston received this week. Five rubber-tired-gantry (RTG) cranes were delivered Wednesday.“The level of activity with the shipments of cranes this week is unprecedented,” said Executive Director Roger Guenther. “To see…

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PGNiG and Venture Global LNG Sign Pact

Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG) and Venture Global LNG have entered into an agreement relating to the terms of delivery of liquefied natural gas from Calcasieu Pass LNG and Plaquemines LNG facilities. The agreement defines basic terms and conditions of a 20-year contract for the sales and purchase of two million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG, which equals about 2.7 bcm following regasification. Cargoes will be supplied from Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines LNG export facilities which are expected to be completed in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

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Seadrill Gets ABS-Managed Pressure Drilling Notation

ABS has announced it has issued the managed pressure drilling notation ABS MPD to Seadrill for the ABS-classed West Capricorn, a 6th generation ultra-deep water semi-submersible operating in the Gulf of Mexico.This notation demonstrates system compliance with the ABS Guide for Classification and Certification of Managed Pressure Drilling Systems (MPD Guide).Seadrill’s West Capricorn is the first Column Stabilized Drilling Unit to receive the ABS MPD notation complete with the Maltese Cross…

Callen Marine's CSD General Eisenhower in action in the port of Galveston, Texas (CREDIT: Callen Marine)

Doubling Down on Domestic Dredging

U.S. Dredgers Weigh in on Infrastructure, U.S. Capabilities and the road ahead.Domestic dredging firms face many challenges in the coming months and years. At the same time, opportunities abound in a market and political climate that seems to beg for infrastructure upgrades, especially when it comes to harbors and inland waterways. Weighing in this edition on all of that – and more – are three U.S.-based dredging firms; Callan Marine, Cashman Dredging, and Weeks Marine.Cranford, NJ-based Weeks Marine, Inc.

The Author, David Cunningham.

Marine Insurance: Protect Your Yacht, Yourself

All my life, I grew up around boats. My dad was a captain for 23 years, and I would travel on his ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. My first job out of college was in San Francisco, so naturally I bought a 30-foot sailboat and lived on it on the San Francisco Bay. In more recent years, I have enjoyed yachting with my family on the inland lakes of Virginia. No matter where you have launched your yacht, boating is an exhilarating experience. It can also be dangerous and fraught with risks.

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Port of Corpus Christi Raises USD 216mln for Ship Channel Expansion

Port of Corpus Christi successfully priced and sold $216.2 million of Senior Lien Revenue Bonds. These bonds will be used for both the deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel as well as upcoming capital projects within the Port.Wells Fargo Securities acted as Lead Manager of a syndicate of underwriters including JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Frost Bank.“We are pleased with the level of interest the institutional investment community demonstrated for both series of our bonds.” said Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi.

Ship Strikes Dredging Pipeline in Sabine Pass

Several vessels, including two oil tankers and one carrying liquefied natural gas, were stalled and unable to enter the Sabine Pass shipping channel near the Texas-Louisiana border due to draft restrictions, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday.Port Arthur's Vessel Traffic Service implemented 32-foot restrictions on draft, or vessel depth, on Wednesday, after a 24-inch steel dredge pipeline was struck and pulled out to sea by a ship moving through the Sabine Pass Channel to the U.S.

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Trafigura to Build U.S. Deep-Water Oil Port

Swiss commodities trader Trafigura has applied to build a deep-water port in Corpus Christi, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico, which will be able to load supertankers, reports FT.The report said that the plan would see the commodity house build an offshore deepwater port facility  with a view to accommodate very large crude carriers (VLCC) capable of carrying more than 2m barrels of crude. It requires approval from the US Department of Transportation’s maritime division.According to a Reuters report…

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Doubling Down on Domestic Dredging

U.S. dredgers weigh in on infrastructure, U.S. capabilities and the road ahead.Domestic dredging firms face many challenges in the coming months and years. At the same time, opportunities abound in a market and political climate that seems to beg for infrastructure upgrades, especially when it comes to harbors and inland waterways. Weighing in this edition on all of that – and more – are three U.S.-based dredging firms; Callan Marine, Cashman Dredging, and Weeks Marine.Cranford, N.J.-based Weeks Marine, Inc.

Vanta E. Coda II (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Ports of Indiana Names Coda CEO

Vanta E. Coda II has been named as the Ports of Indiana's next chief executive officer to replace outgoing CEO Rich Cooper who is set to retire July 1, 2018.Coda returns to the Ohio River Valley with 25 years of experience in maritime and multimodal operations on the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and Ohio River. He most recently served as the executive director for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, operating in the busiest port district on the Great Lakes. During his time at Duluth…

Beaumont Port Still Restricted after Harvey

While crude deliveries by larger ships to Beaumont in Texas remain restricted after Hurricane Harvey, a workaround using pipelines can supply Exxon Mobil's refinery there, shipping sources said. Silt and clay lingering in the Port of Beaumont still threaten to entrap large ships, two weeks after Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas, but pipelines are available to move crude up to refineries there from nearby terminals which are less affected by sediment. Beaumont's port has been closed to ship traffic over 26 feet (8 meters) since Sept. 9 by the U.S.

From left: Scholarship recipients Samuel Comerford, Alex Yonkman and Tyler Sayvetz with Crowley's Victoria Ellis. Not shown: Kent Treptow (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Cadets

Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during last night’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif. Crowley’s Victoria Ellis, manager, regulatory training, presented the awards to recipients Samuel Comerford, Alex Yonkman, Kent Treptow and Tyler Sayvetz. The scholarships help to further educational opportunities for these students, who were each chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

At Port Manatee, cargo is offloaded from World Direct Shipping’s M/V Queen B, which is soon to shift to a new weekly service from Mexico’s Port of Tuxpan, while an additional vessel is deployed between Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and Port Manatee. (Photo: World Direct)

World Direct Shipping to Double Port Manatee Service

Ocean carrier World Direct Shipping is doubling its service across the Gulf of Mexico between the state of Veracruz and Central Florida’s Port Manatee. World Direct Shipping has announced plans to add a weekly sailing to Port Manatee from the Port of Tuxpan, in the north-central portion of Veracruz, to augment the successful service it has operated each week since November 2014 to Port Manatee from Coatzacoalcos, in southern Veracruz. The first sailing from Tuxpan is scheduled for Jan. 12.

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Port Manatee Breaks Container, Tonnage Records

Port Manatee has shattered prior annual records for container volume while also reporting its top year ever for total cargo tons moved in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. The Central Florida Gulf port’s count of 39,726 twenty-foot-equivalent container units for the just-ended fiscal year bested by a whopping 52 percent the 26,210 TEUs that moved through the port in the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2016, and was 31 percent more than the prior high mark of 30,431 reported for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2010. Figures reported today [Tuesday, Oct.

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Wood Wins LNG Platform FEED Contract

The Honghua Group Limited has awarded a $12 million front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to Wood for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) platform development in the West Delta area of the Gulf of Mexico. The main objective of the FEED is to finalize the design of the world’s first offshore platform-based natural gas liquefaction and storage facility. Wood recently completed the pre-FEED for this project. Wood’s scope of work includes the onshore gas pre-treatment plant configuration and layouts…

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OOCL Rolls-out Next Phase of OCEAN Alliance

Following the success of the Day One products introduced earlier this year, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) announced the forthcoming launch of the second phase of the OCEAN Alliance products in April 2018, an improved suite of products providing industry-leading services to customers. The emphasis on quality services has long been the hallmark of the OOCL brand. Since the inauguration of our services in April 2017, OOCL has made steady progress to meet the requirements of our customers as they find that we are among the top performers in terms of schedule reliability.

Maersk Viking. Photo: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling Axes Dozens of Staff

Maersk Drilling USA is laying off 84 employees who work aboard the Maersk Viking (UDW drillship), located in the Gulf of Mexico, and report directly to the company’s office in Houston, Houston Chronicle reported quoting data sent to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The employees, who received notification of the layoffs on Jan. 12, report to the company's office at 2500 CityWest Boulevard. They will continue to work for the next two months until their employment is terminated, according to the WARN notice.

Annette Klein, Germany’s Miami-based consul general, center, is recognized by Vanessa Baugh, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority, left, and Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee Draws German Interest

Port Manatee holds promise as a trade gateway for German companies, according to Germany’s Miami-based consul general, who visited the Florida Gulf Coast port Thursday [March 15]. “Port Manatee is an important part of Florida infrastructure,” said Annette Klein, Germany’s consul general for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “As German companies look for a U.S. port to meet their needs, it is important for us to be aware of such ports and their capabilities and objectives.

APH vessels are being designed in lengths of 592, 772, and 952 feet. The Vessels will carry from 1824 to 2960 TEUs and will travel north and south at twice the speed of barge lines or about 12-14 knots. CREDIT: American Patriot Holdings

St. Louis, Plaquemines Ports Ink MoU for Mississippi River Cooperation

St. Louis Regional Freightway, Port of Plaquemines and St. Louis Regional Ports Sign Agreement to Foster Economic Growth on the Mississippi River. The pact will help support development of a new transportation link for cargo to move along the Mississippi River. The St. Louis Regional Freightway, Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District located in the State of Louisiana and four ports in the St. Understanding (MOU) to establish and grow an alliance to generate new business by promoting international and inland trade routes at strategic locations along the Mississippi River.

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IUMI Cautions about Global Marine Insurance

Against the backdrop of encouraging global economic growth and an improved outlook for the shipping industry, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) gives expert opinion on the current state of the hull, cargo and offshore energy insurance markets at its Spring Conference in Hamburg. The past three years has seen the frequency of total losses within the global fleet stabilise at 0.13% by number (0.05% by tonnage). This is largely attributable to an improved safety climate, improvements in naval architecture and marine engineering; and more effective regulation.

Discussing trade opportunities at a North Port symposium are, from left: Chilean Trade Commissioner Sacha Garafulic; Ivan Mutis, coordinator of the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee; North Port Vice Mayor Linda Yates; and Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras. (Photo: Port Manatee)

City of North Port, Port Manatee Trade Hub Host Chilean Official

The City of North Port and the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee are teaming with Chile’s trade commissioner in efforts to expand commercial links. “We look forward to realizing vast untapped potential for enhanced ties with both North Port and Port Manatee,” Sacha Garafulic, Chile’s Miami-based trade commissioner, said Wednesday [March 28] as he took part in a symposium and luncheon at North Port’s Shannon Staub Library. North Port Vice Mayor Linda Yates commented Wednesday…

A Del Monte vessel arrives at Port Manatee, which has achieved several cargo records in the first half of its fiscal year. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee Reports Record First Half

Port Manatee reports it has achieved numerous cargo records in the first half of its current fiscal year and is on pace to shatter several full-year marks. The Central Florida Gulf port has established new first-half highs for total tonnage throughput and a host of cargo sectors, according to figures released April 17. “Port Manatee’s continuing dynamic growth is a testament to the enduring success of our port, in collaboration with our tenants and users, as a critical link in…

 Paul Anderson, President & CEO of Port Tampa Bay (L), Capt. Tom Garrett,  AMPE, IAMPE Advisory Board Member (R), Donna Wysong, AMPE, Vice President – Legal Affairs of Port Tampa Bay and IAMPE Advisory Board Member, and Mark Dubina, AMPE, Vice President – Security of Port Tampa Bay. Photo courtesy IAMP

Port Tampa Bay selected as Port Executive Management Center

The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals (IAMPE) stated that Port Tampa Bay has been selected as the Port Executive Management Center for the State of Florida. The Port will host advanced educational and training for port executives at the State’s seaports as well as from other ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The new center joins centers at the Loeb-Sullivan School at Maine Maritime Academy and the Maine Port Authority (Port of Portland) for providing programs for advanced executive management education and certification.