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Thailand’s Kra Canal: Game-Changer Waiting to Happen

Posted by PortVision on Sep 20, 2017 6:07:00 AM

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.

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Global Demand for U.S. Coal a Boost to Dry-Bulk Shipping

Posted by PortVision on Aug 16, 2017 6:07:00 AM

At first glance, recent facts and figures about U.S. seaborne coal exports in 2017 seem to suggest a cause for celebration among dry-bulk shippers. After all, America’s coal exports are up 57% in total volume and 61% tonne-miles for the first two quarters of 2017, compared with the same period in 2016.

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Gulf Coast Ports Vie for Surging Exports of Crude

Posted by PortVision on Aug 9, 2017 6:07:00 AM

In December of 2015 the United Stated lifted its ban on exporting domestic oil, and terminals up and down the Gulf Coast began vying for that business. Prior to the ban being lifted, only 10 countries were importing U.S. crude. Since then, that number has grown to 33. And it’s a trend likely to continue.

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Sanctions on Venezuelan Crude Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences

Posted by PortVision on Aug 2, 2017 6:07:00 AM

To impose sanctions or not to impose sanctions? That is the question the Trump Administration is grappling with in relation to Venezuela’s exports of crude oil to the U.S. The answer could have an impact on everything from the oil business in the United States to the current political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela—attributed in large part to the repressive policies of President Nicolas Maduro.

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Top Oil Traders Offer Bespoke Blends at Sea

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

“Bespoke.” The term has been around awhile, but in recent years it’s gained popularity as a way of conveying the idea of something made-to-order for a specific customer. In the world of fashion, a bespoke suit is a suit cut and sewn to the exact measurements of the buyer. Or in the everyday world of lunchtime options, a bespoke sandwich might combine any number of toppings and condiments.

With that example in mind, it might even be said that some of today’s biggest oil traders have created a kind of “Sandwich Shop at Sea”. When it comes to the blends they’ve made it their business to mix-and-match for the niche needs of their customers.

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Navigating Safely Around Underwater Pipelines

Posted by PortVision on Jul 20, 2017 6:07:00 AM

***This article was written by Ed Landgraf, chairman of Coastal and Marine Operators (CAMO), for Maritime Executive.

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Natural Gas Boom Likely to Compound Congestion at Ports in Gulf

Posted by PortVision on Jul 18, 2017 1:04:08 PM

With the increase in America’s production and export of natural gas, some industry experts warn of bigger traffic jams among tankers at the busiest ports in the Gulf. The congestion is not exactly on par with an LA freeway at rush hour, but sizable enough to cause costly delays.

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UAS Programs Take off in Growing Range of High-Value Oil and Gas Applications

Posted by PortVision on Jul 13, 2017 6:07:00 AM

***This article was written by Oceaneering's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager, Todd Chase. It originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Pipeline Oil & Gas Magazine. You can view the original HERE.

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Port Bans by Its Neighbors Isolate Qatar, Impact Shipping and Trade

Posted by PortVision on Jul 11, 2017 6:07:00 AM

The story might sound, at first, a bit like David vs. Goliath: The little country of Qatar, one of the smallest oil producers in the Middle East, is currently locked in a diplomatic conflict with two of OPEC’s largest oil producers—Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)—and their cohorts in the area, Bahrain and Egypt. But instead of wielding a slingshot, this “David,” according to its adversaries, is more likely to carry a bomb-filled backpack.

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Lower Costs, Less Congestion Lure Companies away from Houston Ship Channel

Posted by PortVision on Jun 27, 2017 6:07:00 AM

The multi-billion dollar investments currently being made in and near smaller ports along the Gulf Coast by some of the largest energy companies in the country are part of the long history of ports in the area.

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