***This article was originally written by Robert Kessler for October 2018 issue of The American Oil & Gas Reporter
***This article originally appeared in the March/April 2018 edition of Maritime Logistics Professional. You can view the original here.
***This article originally appears in the March 2018 edition of The American Oil & Gas Reporter. To view the original, please click here.
This article was originally published in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Tug & OSV. Robert Kessler, Program Manager, Maritime Global Data Solutions at Oceaneering International, looks at the continuing impact of online vessel tracking.
***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.
According to the US Federal Maritime Commission, port congestion is global and reaching critical proportions. Larger ships, stronger economies, weather-related problems, labor uncertainty and overdue upgrades/expansions to port infrastructure have all combined to generate more port congestion than ever before. At many ports, congestion has become a persistent problem, with vessels frequently forced to wait at anchor for a berth. Meanwhile, ships maneuvering around anchored vessels increase the danger of collisions, and tidal currents and wave action make tightly packed ships in harbor areas vulnerable.
Dock utilization is a typical key performance indicator (KPI) used by marine tanker terminals to measure efficiency. It is generally calculated as a percentage of time a dock is occupied as opposed to vacant or experiencing an outage.
The eagle ford shale play in Southern Texas appears to be producing more than enough oil for the regional refineries to crack. Crude Oil is banned from export out of the US (with the special exception of Canada). That means the destination for the oil is refineries elsewhere along the Gulf Coast and up the East Coast. Oil moves by barge from Corpus Christi to Houston, Port Arthur and sometimes Lake Charles along the intercoastal waterway. Oil moves by ocean going barges and vessels to Lake Charles, Port Arthur, LOOP, Louisiana, Philadelphia and New Jersey. There is so much oil moving out of Corpus Christi, the pilots recently changed some of the transit rules to accommodate increased traffic. Daylight transit restrictions and a two pilot requirement are in place for the larger tankers.