***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.
President Trump’s promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it, possibly through new taxes on imported goods from that country, has economic analysts keeping a close eye on the evolving – and currently contentious – relationship between the U.S. and its neighbor to the south. Many wonder what impact the new Administration’s policies might have on energy trade between the two countries.
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.
The Block Island Wind Farm, located 22 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, went into full production in December, 2016. It is America's first offshore wind farm and will deliver electricity into the New England energy grid by a submarine transmission cable system, called sea2shore.
Last month, a ship transiting the English Channel accidentally cut internet cables, used by network company JT, that connected Jersey to the UK. This resulted in dramatically slower internet speeds for residents on the island, who had to rely on a single cable connected to France.
***This article originally appears in the October 2016 edition of Ocean News & Technology
Safety and security are as important as operational efficiency for owners of geographically dispersed maritime assets and remote infrastructure. These organizations are increasingly much more proactive about monitoring and responding to the threat that vessels pose to assets including pipelines, offshore rigs and other fixed infrastructure above and below the water. When a vessel comes into contact with these assets, it can lead to unplanned and expensive surveys, repairs, costly litigation, and the potential of third-party claims for the economic and environmental impacts of a spill in the maritime environment.
Jason Tieman, Maritime director of PortVision, looks at some of the latest developments in vessel tracking technology and their implications for improved safety at sea.