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Pipeline Maintenance Reroutes LNG Deliveries to Mexico

Posted by Chris Leslie on Apr 27, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Earlier this month, Pemex, Mexico's state-owned petroleum company, started importing LNG from Cheniere Energy's export terminal in Sabine Pass to Mexico's Altamira import terminal.  These deliveries were the product of scheduled maintenance on the NET Mexico pipe in Texas, which starting during the holy week of April 9 - 15. 

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Strong Demand for LNG Expected to Continue

Posted by PortVision on Apr 25, 2017 6:07:00 AM

According to the LNG Outlook recently published by Shell, things look good for solid growth in the liquefied natural gas industry through 2030, though some indicators in 2016 briefly called that projection into question.

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Barge Revenues Drop in Spite of Record Harvest

Posted by PortVision on Apr 18, 2017 6:07:00 AM

A few years ago, with grain volumes on the rise, adding more barges to the fleet seemed a good idea to many U.S. shippers. More barges. Bigger loads. Larger profits. But things haven’t worked out as planned, even with the recent record-breaking harvests of corn and soybeans.

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In Vancouver, Quieter Ships Mean Lower Port Fees, Happier Whales

Posted by PortVision on Apr 12, 2017 6:07:00 AM

The Port of Vancouver has taken an innovative approach to making life easier for the area’s orcas, dolphins, and porpoises, and less costly for the ships that dock there. As of January 1, 2017, the port offers significant discounts to shippers who outfit their vessels with specific sound-reduction technologies that mitigate the noise that interferes with the ability of these marine mammals to hunt, navigate, and communicate with each other.

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Large Fleet of Icebergs Impacting North Atlantic Shipping Lanes

Posted by Chris Leslie on Apr 7, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Over 450 icebergs have drifted down into the North Atlantic shipping lanes, 363 of which have arrived over the past 7 days. This is forcing vessels to either dramatically lower their speed to navigate the icebergs, or take detours which can add up to 400 miles to the trip.

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West Coast Ports Post Market-Share Gains in 2016

Posted by PortVision on Apr 4, 2017 6:07:00 AM

According to a recent report from the Pacific Maritime Shipping Association (PMSA), ports up and down the West Coast of the U.S. collectively posted gains in market share in 2016 in terms of the TEUs—twenty-foot equivalent units—they processed. In coming to that conclusion, the PMSA report took into account a number of factors, including container weight, and whether the TEUs were outbound or inbound.

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The NOAA's Ronald H. Brown Finally Returns Home

Posted by Chris Leslie on Mar 31, 2017 6:07:00 AM

As first reported on Tuesday by The Maritime Executive, the Ronald H. Brown has returned to her home port of Charleston, South Carolina after being deployed for 1,347 days. This was longer than any other NOAA research vessel has been away from home.

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2017 Marks Mexican Deregulation of Oil and Gas Industry

Posted by PortVision on Mar 28, 2017 6:07:00 AM

The government of Mexico began the new year with a move to begin deregulating the energy sector. The change in policy will eliminate fuel subsidies and price controls to allow prevailing international gasoline prices to manage the market. This will kick up Mexican fuel costs as much as 20%. It is the first such government move since 1992 when the government controlled inflation by setting a ceiling on the maximum allowable price of fuel.

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Heavy Smog in China’s Ports Causes Costly Delays

Posted by PortVision on Mar 21, 2017 6:07:00 AM

The watchdogs at China’s Ministry of Environment probably weren’t surprised at the shipping delays recently caused by the heavy smog in the major ports in northern China. But the shippers were.

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Underwater Asset Protection Discussion at this year's CGA 811 Conference & Expo

Posted by PortVision on Mar 14, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Oceaneering PortVision's Jason Tieman will be speaking at this years CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida. If you are planning to attend the conference, be sure to stop by Room SJ24/SJ25 on Wednesday, March 15th at 2:15pm.

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