***This article was written by Martyn Wingrove for TankerShipping.com on Dec 6, 2017. To see the original, please click HERE.
***This article was written by Oceaneering's Robert Kessler, Maritime Program Manager of Global Data Solutions, for the November 2017 Exclusive Story on The American Oil & Gas Reporter.
Enthusiasm for the current and projected role of drones in the maritime industry is, to say the least, sky high. More than just cool high-tech gadgets, drones are in the process of changing the way the industry handles everything from hull inspections to shore-to-ship deliveries, and more.
High bids by major oil producers in a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore auction point toward a resurgence of interest in deepwater exploration. This year’s bids totaled $121 million—nearly a seven-fold increase over the bids on the Outer Continental Shelf auctioned last summer by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
Building a canal across Thailand’s Kra Isthmus to connect the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea isn’t a new idea. In fact, it’s been around since the 17th century, when a king in the region requested a report on the feasibility of the project. The notion resurfaced two centuries later, when Ferdinand de Lesseps—the “Father of the Suez Canal”—expressed support for such a project.