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U.S. Oil Imports Up

U.S. crude oil imports January to June 2001 were above the 2000 level in each month. However, crude oil imports during 3rd quarter were below the 2000-year level for each month. Crude oil imports in August 2001 were about 1.0 mbd below the August 2000 level and the September 2001 level was 0.3 mbd below that of September 2000. Crude oil imports Jan-Sept. 2001 were record high, 0.10 mbd above the Jan-Sep. 2000 level. The highest U.S crude oil imports ever - 9.484 mbd - were recorded in August 2000. U.S. product imports declined dramatically from 3.33 mbd in January 2001 to 2.12 mbd in August, increasing slightly to 2.24 mbd in September 2001. Products imports Jan-Sept. 2001 were also record high, 0.21 mbd above the Jan-Sep. 2000 level. (Source: INTERTANKO News)


GOM Oil Production to Reach Record High

According to a report from the Offshore Magazine, Gulf of Mexico oil production is forecast to increase substantially over the next few years, possibly reaching 1.9 MMb/d in 2013 which would be a record high. This is MMS’ best-case scenario, which factors in industry-announced discoveries and undiscovered resources. (Source: Offshore Magazine)


China Overtakes Korean Shipbuilding

South Korean shipbuilders were overtaken by their Chinese rivals in new orders acquired in the first four months of the year, a London-based market researcher said on Wednesday. South Korean shipbuilders such as Hyundai Heavy Industries Co and Samsung Heavy Industries Co received a combined 6.9 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) in new orders in the January-April period, up 6.9% from a year ago, Clarkson Research Studies said.


Oil Industry: EPA Going “Too Far, Too Fast” On Diesel

The U.S. oil industry locked horns with environmental regulators last week over a new proposal to make diesel burn cleaner. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed this spring to reduce the sulfur content in diesel by 97 percent, starting in 2007, as a way of cutting back on toxic emissions. But at a hearing on the green diesel proposal, oil industry representatives said the EPA was going "too far too fast" and that the rule could cause fuel shortages and surging prices similar to


WSS Expands Network in China

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has opened a new full service office in Ningbo, providing a comprehensive range of ships agency and maritime logistics services. The company now has five offices in mainland China. “Our strategy has been to strengthen our network across China in order to be present where our customers are operating,” said Captain Bi Yuping – General Manager of WSS Ships Agency & Maritime Logistics China.


Boskalis Conclude Good Quarter, Raise Earnings Outlook

Dutch dredging & marine specialists, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) report revenue & profit  higher than in the first half of 2012. The order book increased in recent months and stood at a new record high of EUR 4 billion at the end of the third quarter. Based on current insights, the second half of the year is expected to be strong with a high workload and good results anticipated on a number of dredging projects in progress and close-out results


Shipbuilders Cash In on Special Vessels

According to reports, South Korean shipbuilders are profiting more from selling high-value units such as offshore plants and liquid gas carriers than ever. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, already has won a record-high $7 billion in building orders this year, which exceeds last year's record of $6.6 billion. Such high performance was largely affected by the sales of four offshore oilrig units, which amounted to $1.9 billion in total.


ConocoPhillips to Acquire Burlington Resources

Already one of the most aggressive spenders on future supplies, ConocoPhillips CEO James J. Mulva is now poised to make another huge deal: a $30-billion plus acquisition of Burlington Resources (BR), according to a Business Week report. Buying BR would be a giant bet on a red-hot U.S. natural gas market. While Burlington has international operations in Algeria, China, and Latin America, 84% of its reserves are in North America. With U.S


Freight Rates to Fall?

While the international ferver for all things maritime continues to sweep the globe, with record high markets in the construction of ships, boats, and offshore structures, a recent report could serve as the proverbial “shot across the bow” that the market could be starting to cool. With a record number of ships set to enter the market, a recent Bloomberg report said that he cost of shipping coal and iron ore is about to decline as the supply of cargo vessels overwhelms demand.


Mitsui-MAN B&W Diesel Engine Achieves World Record

This world record is established when MES completes the construction of Mitsui-MAN B&W 6S50MC-C Mark 7 at its Tamano Works (Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture) for Sanoyasu Hishino Meisho Corporation (with president Mr. Shinich Kimura), who will install such engine to a chip carrier of 4.35 million cubic feet (shipyard No. 1260) to her owner, Mitsui OSK Lines. In the wake of growing demand for new shipbuilding boosted by active ocean cargo transport


Increased Drug Trafficking in Indian Ocean Needs Action

Heroin from Afghanistan is increasingly trafficked through the Indian Ocean and more international action is needed to prosecute smugglers on the high seas, the United Nations anti-crime and drug body said on Tuesday. In the last 18 months, more than 4


Kvaerner Taking Advice on Strategic Growth Alternatives

Kvaerner rig topside: File photo

Kvaerner says it is exploring new strategic opportunities to further strengthen its business and has retained Greenhill & Co. International LLP to advise on evaluating all strategic alternatives.  Kvaerner has during the first half of 2014 delivered several key oil and gas projects on


Iraq's Southern Exports Unaffected by Conflict

Southern exports average almost 2.60 million bpd; Exports close to record rate seen in May. Lack of Kirkuk northern exports limits overall supply. Iraq's oil exports from its southern terminals on the Gulf, far from the fighting in its north


Charterers Remain Optimistic Despite Small Downturn

Richard Greiner

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three months to August 2014, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. They are, however, still higher than at the corresponding period twelve


Oil Falls Towards $111 on Libya Ports Deal

Oil fell towards $111 a barrel on Wednesday, its lowest in almost three weeks, on a possible substantial recovery in Libyan exports after rebels said they would reopen two oil terminals. Libyan rebels blockading eastern oil ports have agreed to reopen the remaining two terminals at Es Sider and


Lakes Water Levels Return, but Not Full Loads

photo courtesy of the Port of Cleveland

The rise in Great Lakes water levels has yet to translate into full loads for the U.S.-flag freighters moving iron ore, coal, limestone, cement and other cargos.  Vessels continue to routinely leave port with less than a full load on board.


More Boat Migrants to Italy Die

Illegal boat migrants: Photo Italian Coast Guard

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, said the Italian Navy on Saturday, which has rescued more than 4,000 migrants in the last three days.


Large Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut


Polarcus Tests Market, Improves Earnings

Polarcus Adira

Polarcus Limited today announced the release of its second quarter 2014 financial statements in which it reported revenue rose 13% sequentially and 5% YoY to $137.6 million while. The company highlighted EBITDA of $49.9 million and EBIT of $23.8 million, a net profit increase to $9


U.S. Container Ports Anticipate Pinnacle Import Volume

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Import volume at U.S. container ports is expected to hit a record high this August.   The anticipation results from the absence of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract. Concerned retailers, therefore, are swiftly bringing holiday season merchandise into the country


Aecon Report Strong Q2 2014 Energy Sector Results

Aecon personnel at work: Photo courtesy of Aecon

Canada-based Aecon Group Inc. has reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, excerpted as follows: Highlights Revenue was $590 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $698 million for the same period of 2013


Odfjell 2Q Results In Line with Expectations

Photo courtesy of Odfjell SE

Chemical Tankers had an EBITDA of $24 million, compared with $17 million in the first quarter. Improved utilization with only minor interruptions of trade. Time-charter results were up by 10%. Odfjell's shareholding in the tank terminals business delivered an EBITDA of negative $10 million in


Six More Migrants Dead, says Italy

At least 25 migrants die during weekend Mediterranean crossings; Italy says has rescued almost 4,000 in last 48 hours. Italy's search and rescue services have found six more bodies in the Mediterranean to add to the death toll of 19 over the weekend, the navy said on Monday


CMA CGM Continues Expansion, Confirms Profits

Photo: CMA CGM

The Board of Directors of CMA CGM Group, the world’s third largest container shipping company, met under the chairmanship of Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial statements for the second quarter of 2014.


Another Strong Month for US Lakes Fleet

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 11 million tons of cargo in August, their second-highest monthly total in two years. The August float, while down 3.2 percent from July, also represents an increase of 5 percent compared to a year ago.






 
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