US Energy Exports Severely Disrupted by Hurricane Laura
Oil and gas exports from the United States have been severely disrupted by Hurricane Laura, with nearly a million barrels per day (bpd) of crude exports likely reduced this week by closures of U.S. Gulf Coast terminals and disruptions at ports.The hurricane also temporarily suspended operations at several liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in the world’s third largest exporter of the super-cooled gas, with shipments on track to fall to their lowest in 18 months.Laura made landfall early Thursday near the Texas-Louisiana border…
Port of Houston Reopens as Hurricane Closure Lifted
The Port of Houston, the United States' largest energy export port, began reopening to commercial shipping on Thursday after a day-long closure due to Hurricane Laura, the U.S. Coast Guard said.Ports along the Texas and Louisiana coasts were closed as the Category 4 hurricane churned up the Gulf of Mexico and went ashore in Cameron, Louisiana, early Thursday. The storm brought hurricane winds and high seas to the region.The Port of Houston, a major import and export hub for fuel, chemicals and consumer goods, closed on Wednesday.
Bahri Puts LNG Tanker Plan on Hold
Saudi Aramco’s shipping division Bahri has put on hold plans to charter up to 12 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers after Sempra Energy delayed its decision on whether to proceed with an LNG export project in Texas, two sources said.Bahri issued an expression of interest (EOI) last year to charter the vessels from 2025 in Saudi Aramco’s first foray into LNG as part of the state oil giant’s plan to become a major global player in the gas market.In May last year, Aramco signed a 20-year agreement to buy LNG from Sempra Energy’s planned Port Arthur export terminal and also agreed to buy a 25% eq
Sempra LNG, Aramco Sign Deal
North American energy infrastructure company Sempra Energy and Saudi Aramco's Aramco Services Company, signed an Interim Project Participation Agreement for the Port Arthur LNG export project under development in Jefferson County, Texas.According to a press release, the IPPA represents another milestone for both companies after having signed a heads of agreement in May last year for the purchase of 5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a 25% equity investment in the Port Arthur LNG project.Jeffrey W.
Bahri Looks to Make LNG Foray
Saudi Aramco's shipping arm Bahri has issued an expression of interest (EOI) to charter up to 12 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers from 2025, its first foray into the superchilled fuel, industry sources said on Monday.No further details were immediately available and Saudi Aramco declined to comment. EOIs are preliminary enquiries that may or may not turn into full-fledged orders.According to Bahri's website, the national shipping carrier of Saudi Arabia has six business units dealing in oil…
Interview: Ed Grimm, CEO, Southern Towing Company
“In God we trust. All others must have data.”When Ed Grimm took the helm of Southern Towing Company (STC)as President and CEO, he inherited an enviable team of leaders, engineers, mentors, communicators and analysts. Today STC is a clear leader on the inland waterways, pioneering and proving the business and safety value of Z-Drives on the river towboats.How did you come to the top spot at Southern Towing Company?I started in the energy industry at 16 working at an oil storage depot in New York Harbor, working there through high school and putting myself through college.
Naylor Named Resolve Maritime Academy Director
Resolve Maritime Academy, the learning arm of the Resolve Marine Group, has welcomed Chauncey Naylor as the Academy’s new Director responsible for operational management, strategic course, and certification development. Naylor comes to Resolve from Williams Fire and Hazard Control in Port Arthur, Texas with extensive experience leading safety management and emergency service teams.For the past 23 years, Naylor has been a driving force behind Williams’ response teams earning himself the prestigious Red Adair Industrial Community Award.
Roll Group Transports Ethane Cracker Modules
Roll Group has been awarded a contract to transport 24 modules for the Total Ethane cracker project in the USA. The transport will cover seven single voyages, using both RollDock and BigRoll vessels. The services and expertise of Roll-Lift will also play a part in the completion of the land transport aspects of the project.The first voyage is scheduled within the next two weeks. The other transports will be undertaken between April and August 2019. The modules are currently in the process of building in Hamriyah (UAE).
14 Port-related Projects Awarded BUILD Grants
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has (Dec. 11) announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The grants, 14 of which will go to port-related projects, are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program and support road, rail, transit, and port infrastructure projects across the country.Port-related projects will receive a total of $229.23 million…
US DOT Announces Major Infrastructure Funding Grants
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $1.5 Billion in BUILD Transportation Grants to Revitalize Infrastructure Nationwide. Some of the 91 projects include port grants, as well. WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The grants are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program and support road, rail, transit, and port infrastructure projects across the country.
Sempra Energy Signs New Mexican LNG Terminal
Sempra Energy, the US group that aims to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility near Ensenada, Mexico, to serve customers in Asia moved closer to becoming reality as the natural gas utilities holding company announced agreements with three international firms.The San Diego-based company announced in a press release that that its subsidiaries Infraestructura Energetica Nova (IEnova) and Sempra LNG & Midstream have signed three Heads of Agreements (HOAs) with affiliates of Total, Mitsui & Co. and Tokyo Gas Co.
Orion Bags $10 Mln Dredging Contract
Specialty construction company Orion Group Holdings, Inc. said it has been awarded an approximately $10 million dredging contractThe deal was awarded to company’s marine segment from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the dredging of the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Orange and Jefferson counties, Texas, including the lower reach of the Neches River, the Sabine-Neches Canal and Turning Basin and the Port Arthur Canal.The project is expected to begin late in the fourth quarter of 2018 with a duration of approximately six months.
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.
Colonial Pipeline Allows Port Arthur Refiners to Ship Fuel after Harvey
Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel system in the United States, said on Monday that Port Arthur, Texas refiners can use their own pumps as a temporary solution to get gasoline and other products into its main lines. Flow rates on Colonial's lines, which supply more than 3 million barrels a day of fuel to the populous U.S. east coast, have been sharply reduced after Hurricane Harvey caused massive floods and damaged supply points, including at Port Arthur. The Port Arthur facility connects directly to Total and Valero's refineries in Jefferson County, Texas.
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.
Corpus Christi Ship Channel Reopened
The Corpus Christi Ship Channel is open to restricted operations following a record six-day closure caused by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has left many Gulf Coast petroleum refining centers either completely shut down or with operations significantly scaled back. An estimated 25 percent of the region’s refining capacity is operational, positioning Corpus Christi as the largest refining center on the Texas Coast that is fully operational. The ship channel’s restricted opening, authorized by the U.S.
Shipping Firms Pay $1.9 Mln for Pollution Cover-up
Two shipping companies based in Egypt and Singapore will pay $1.9 million in penalties after pleading guilty in federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage into the sea. Defendants Egyptian Tanker Company and Thome Ship Management are the owner and operator of the offending vessel, the 57,920 gross ton, 809-foot long, oceangoing, oil tank ship called the M/T ETC Mena. The plea agreement was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H.
USCG Change of Command in Houston-Galveston
Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer transferred command of Sector Houston-Galveston to Capt. Peter Martin during a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the Bayport Cruise Terminal near Houston. Martin assumed command of Sector Houston-Galveston and responsibility as Captain of the Port for operations along the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Lake Charles, Louisiana, to the Colorado River in Matagorda, Texas. This extensive area of responsibility includes 10 units and eight cutters between Texas City, Galveston, Port Arthur, Freeport, Sabine and the entirety of the Houston Ship Channel.
Woodside, Sempra Energy Ink LNG Terminal Deal
Woodside's affiliate, Woodside Energy (USA) Inc. (WUSA), has entered into a Project Development Agreement (PDA) with Sempra LNG & Midstream (Sempra), an affiliate of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Under the PDA, WUSA and Sempra will continue discussions and assessments of a potential Port Arthur LNG natural gas liquefaction facility in Port Arthur, Texas. The PDA builds upon the non-binding memorandum of understanding previously signed by the parties in June 2015 and provides a framework within which Sempra and WUSA will contribute their experience and share costs related to the technical design…
Refinery Strike Affects One-Fifth of U.S. Capacity
The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Sources familiar with the negotiations said talks may resume by mid-week to end the walkout by 6,550 members of the United Steelworkers union (USW) at 15 plants, including the 12 refineries. Representatives of both sides said no date has been set to restart negotiations, however. The strike comes as U.S. workers seek more pay in a strengthening economy. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has said its U.S.
Workers at Largest U.S. Refinery OK Deal
More than 700 union workers at the largest U.S. refinery unanimously approved a new contract in a vote at their union hall in Port Arthur, Texas, on Tuesday night, said union officials. The United Steelworkers union (USW) also said workers at three Tesoro Corp refineries on the West Coast were making progress in finalizing contracts. Return-to-work agreements, usually the final step before ratification votes, were under discussion. USW members at the Motiva Enterprises Port Arthur, Texas, refinery walked off their jobs on Feb. 21 as part of the nation's largest refinery strike in 35 years.
New USCG Policy on Tank Cargo Transfer
USCG revises policy on transfer of cargo by foreign tank vessels The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Houston-Galveston has established a policy governing the transfer of cargo by foreign tank vessels in advance of overdue safety compliance inspection to help minimize cargo transfer delays within the Houston-Galveston (including Texas City, Freeport, Port Arthur and Lake Charles) area of responsibility (AOR), GAC reported. As a result the Cargo Waiver Request form has been revised.
AEU Hires Ruizas as Loss Control Manager
The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) recently hired Ray Ruizas Loss Control Manager. Ruizas’ safety experience includes five years at a large shipyard in Port Arthur, Texas, where he implemented management systems, conducted incident investigations, oversaw safety inspections and conducted shipyard safety training for supervisors and employees in both English and Spanish. He has numerous certifications from OSHA and the Texas Department of Health and is a Shipyard Competent Person and certified in HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations)…
Sulfur-Laden Bulk Carrier Grounds off Port Arthur, TX
The U.S. Coast Guard is working with state and local partners in response to a bulk carrier loaded with sulfur that ran aground in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, while transiting outbound from Neches Industrial Park. At approximately 1:30 p.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Control Port Arthur received a call from the pilot aboard the 615-ft.Panamanian flagged vessel Jian Qiang, stating they ran hard aground approximately 1 mile from the westernmost jetty, outside buoys 33 and 34, in the Gulf of Mexico. There were no reports of significant damage, injury or pollution discharge.
LNG America Taps Paitl for VP Marine Ops
LNG America welcomes Captain George “Joe” Paitl to position of VP Marine Operations and HSSE Compliance. Capt. Paitl is a retired US Coast Guard senior officer who most recently held the position of Commanding Officer and Captain of the Port, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, where he oversaw safety, security, law enforcement, and environmental regulatory compliance across a 39,000 square mile area spanning Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana; the Port Arthur unit includes the nation's busiest commercial military cargo port…
OIMO Adds Woodruff to Executive Team
Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services, Inc. (OIMO), a company in Topside and Riding Crew repair services, announced the appointment of a new executive to the company’s leadership team – Keal Woodruff, Vice President of Projects. In this role, Woodruff will be leading the production and project management teams, as well as engineering services and estimating. He will also hold a contributing role on the senior management team. Woodruff brings three decades of experience across…