According to EIA, Argentina’s domestic natural gas production has been steadily increasing in the past three years, due to the increased production coming from the Neuquén Basin’s Vaca Muerta shale and tight gas play. Its production surpassed the 1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in December 2018.
Argentina’s first national offshore licensing round took place on 16 April 2019, in Buenos Aires. Of the 38 blocks offered in an open bid round, 18 were licensed. The round attracted bids from 13 companies, with the winning bids reaching a total of US$718.28 million. All majors participated in the bidding, except from Chevron.
As ICTSI Argentina announced, TecPlata, the new container terminal located in Argentina’s Puerto de La Plata, began operations, with an opening ceremony that was attended by the vice governor of the province of Buenos Aires, the Minister of Production and several other national, provincial and municipal officials.
Members of the Argentine Naval Prefecture (PNA), aboard the Coast Guard cutter ‘Mantilla’ fired upon a Chinese fishing vessel which was caught fishing illegally within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone, about 199 nautical miles from the San Jorge Gulf, and tried to collide with Mantilla.
The Chinese-flagged fishing vessel ‘Zhongyuanyu 11’ collided with the Spanish trawler ‘Pesca Vaqueiro’, some 16 km off southern Argentina, Friday, according to data provided by the Argentine Navy. The Chinese vessel sank as a result from the incident off Comodoro Rivadavia city, in the province of Chubut.
Tango FLNG (floating LNG), previously known as the Caribbean FLNG, arrived in Argentina on early February. The gas unit voyaged from China onboard a heavy lift vessel. The floating LNG unit will remain in Argentina and produce LNG for export for the Argentinian energy company YPF over a 10-year period.
Terminal Zárate signed an agreement with Globalim, training solution provider, for two new crane simulators. The facility will be provided with a simulation platform with various configuration options, such as rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), mobile harbour cranes, and ship pedestal cranes.
Thailand is the first country in Asia to accept the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), that protects the living and working conditions of fishers onboard vessels. The Convention has specific requirements related to work on board fishing vessels, including occupational safety and health, medical care at sea and ashore, rest periods, written work agreements, and social security protection.
Latest data from the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network’s (MACN) Anonymous Incident Reporting System reveals that corruption incidents in Argentina have decreased by more than 90%. This drop follows the development of a new regulatory framework with the National Service of Health and Agri-Food Quality (Senasa).
The Belgian company, EXMAR, announced that its Floating LNG Liquefaction Unit (FLNG) with the name Caribbean will be renamed Tango FLNG and it has already departed China with destination the port of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, for its liquefaction operations.
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