• 2017 July 17 11:15

    DOI announces 76 million acres offered in Gulf of Mexico region-wide oil and gas lease sale

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the Department would offer 75.9 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 16, 2017 would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and provide a reduced royalty rate for shallow water leases to encourage exploration and production under current market conditions, U.S. Department of the Interior said in its press release.

    Lease Sale 249, scheduled to be livestreamed from New Orleans, will be the first offshore sale under the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022. Under this program, ten region-wide lease sales are scheduled for the Gulf, where resource potential and industry interest are high, and oil and gas infrastructure is well established. Two Gulf lease sales will be held each year and include all available blocks in the combined Western, Central, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Areas.

    On June 29, President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke announced the public comment period for a new Five-Year National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The comment period is the first step in executing the new program. The 2017-2022 Program, which begins with the lease sale announced today, will continue to be executed until the new National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program is complete.

    "Our Outer Continental Shelf lands offer vast energy development opportunities and we are committed to encouraging increased energy exploration and production in these offshore areas to maintain the Nation’s global dominance in energy production," Secretary Zinke said. "As a global energy leader, we will foster energy security and resilience for the benefit of the American people.  A strong offshore energy plan that responsibly harnesses more of our resources will spur economic opportunities for industry, states, and local communities, creating jobs and revenue.  That's why we also are developing a new national Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas program that will best meet our future energy needs."

    Lease Sale 249 will include about 14,220 unleased blocks, located from three to 231 miles offshore, in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern planning areas in water depths ranging from nine to more than 11,115 feet (three to 3,400 meters). Excluded from the lease sale are blocks subject to the Congressional moratorium established by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006; blocks that are adjacent to or beyond the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone in the area known as the northern portion of the Eastern Gap; and whole blocks and partial blocks within the current boundary of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

    "To advance commonsense domestic energy production, the terms of this sale have been developed through extensive environmental analysis, public comment, and consideration of the best available information,” said Counselor to the Secretary on Energy Policy Vincent DeVito. “This will ensure appropriate resource development and further our energy dominance strategy.”

    The Gulf of Mexico OCS, covering about 160 million acres, has technically recoverable resources of 550 million barrels of oil and 1.25 trillion cubic feet of gas, accounting for nearly three-fourths of the oil and a fourth of the natural gas produced on federal lands.

    The lease sale terms include stipulations to protect biologically sensitive resources, mitigate potential adverse effects on protected species, and avoid potential conflicts associated with oil and gas development in the region. Additionally, BOEM has included appropriate fiscal terms that take into account market conditions and ensure taxpayers receive a fair return for use of the OCS. These terms include a 12.5 percent royalty rate for leases in less than 200 meters of water depth, and a royalty rate of 18.75 percent for all other leases issued pursuant to the sale.

    The 12.5 percent royalty rate for leases in less than 200 meters is lower than the proposed 18.75 percent royalty rate for shallow water leases that BOEM published in the Proposed Notice of Sale. The purpose of this change is to adjust the royalty rate to reflect recent market conditions, thereby encouraging competition and continuing to receive a fair and equitable return on oil and gas resources.

    "The rate change reflects this Administration's willingness to swiftly respond to economic indicators,” said DeVito. “The 12.5 percent royalty rate is closer in harmony with the current market and federal onshore lease sales.”

    As of July 3, 2017, 15.6 million acres on the U.S. OCS are under lease for oil and gas development (2947 active leases) and 4.1 million of those acres (842 leases) are producing oil and natural gas. More than 97 percent of these leases are in the Gulf of Mexico; about 3 percent are on the OCS off California and Alaska.




2017 September 19

17:48 Arctic Economic Council welcomes three new members
17:25 IMO is attending 34th session of ASEAN to update the Maritime Transport Working Group on its latest activities
17:06 Turkish shipyard Cemre Marin Endüstri A.S orders 4 x MAN 8L21/31 variable speed GenSets
16:39 Marine Engineering Bureau: half of Russia’s towing fleet is renovated, bunkering fleet situation is worse
16:14 MSC announces a new service between South America’s east coast and the Mediterranean
16:04 Port of Southampton completes construction of sixth multi-story car park
15:52 Turkish landing ship Bayraktar arrived in Novorosiysk
15:27 USPA announces tender for procurement of dredging vessel
15:04 GY Marinas and P&O Marinas launch superyacht complex in Sète, France
14:39 Commissioning works commenced at KN‘s LNG reloading station
14:14 Port of Gdansk, Port of Gdynia and Baltic Gateway attended Seatrade Europe in Hamburg
14:03 Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum bridge systems selected for two new mega yachts
13:50 IMO issues Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management
13:28 IMO says search and rescue is an international responsibility
13:01 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 72% to 254,000 TEUs
12:43 NEVA 2017, 14th International Maritime Exhibition and Conference of Russia, opens in Saint-Petersburg (photo)
12:22 Fuel oil prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:04 Jan De Nul wins IADC Safety Award 2017
11:40 Secretary-General of IMO believes in a great future of Vostochny Port (photo)
11:04 CMA CGM signs strategic partnership with Infosys to accelerate the transformation of its Information System
10:45 Central Design Bureau Iceberg developed basic design of new 40-MW icebreaker
10:37 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to design the LNG tanks of a new FSRU
10:23 Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response conference held in London on 13-14 September
10:01 IMarEST workshop on practical biofouling management strategies held in Melbourne, Australia
09:42 Brent Crude futures price up 0.03% to $55.52, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $50.41
09:19 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,385 points

2017 September 18

18:37 Konecranes launches Crane Advisor customer support tool globally
18:07 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Maera
18:06 Rosmorport is looking into construction of LNG bunkering tanker of 3,000 to 5,000 cbm in capacity
17:50 Rosmorport is going to build ships running alternative fuels
17:45 Italian terminal operator Spinelli purchases another Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane
17:33 DP World to acquire Dubai Maritime City and Drydocks World
17:25 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim visited sailings ship Nadezhda in Vladivostok (photo)
17:04 Chinese warships arrived at Vladivostok
16:47 Rosmorport to start construction of shallow-draft icebreaker before the year end
16:16 Vladimir Putin endorsed a list of instructions following the meeting on development of transport infrastructure in Northwest Russia
15:20 The Azerbaijan Government announces extension of ACG PSA to 2049 with co-venturers
15:06 Craneship launches icebreaking tugboat of Project Т40105, Yuribey, built for Atomflot (photo)
14:49 Wärtsilä launches new eco-friendly tug designs
14:23 ZIM marks the 3 millionth container at DaChan Bay Terminals
14:23 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,481 in RF spot market
13:55 Kitack Lim says Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific region is a deliberate focus of the Tokyo MoU
12:42 Sovcomflot awarded by Russian Ministry of Energy for achievements in R&D and innovations
12:20 6 races held as part of Russian Yachting Championship for SB20 class (photo)
12:01 EU countries authorized their vessels to fish unlawfully in African waters - Oceana
11:39 SCF supports development of professional maritime education in Russia’s Far East
11:17 Russia seeks closer cooperation with IMO, Vitaly Klyuyev says
11:00 Hapag-Lloyd orders 7,700 new reefer containers
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.14% to $55.70, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.10% to $50.49
10:21 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim is on a formal visit in Russia
10:09 South Korean terminal operator PDCT puts Konecranes Gottwald Model 4 Mobile Harbor Crane into operation
09:31 DP World not to renew operating contract in Indonesia
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,385 points

2017 September 17

17:25 India signs $76mln loan deal with Japan International Cooperation Limited to upgrade Alang-Sosiya shipyards
17:23 CMA CGM outperforms the market with very strong operating and financial results in Q2 2017
17:21 IMO issues new warning on hazards of carrying bauxite by ship
17:19 DFDS increases its volumes on the North Sea freight routes to and from the UK
17:16 General Dynamics NASSCO named ‘Greenest Shipyard of the Year’

2017 September 15

18:06 Kiel Port Prize goes to Jörn Grage of SCA Logistics
17:50 London, UK will host 6th Ship Recycling Congress on 24-25th January 2018