The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management reminded that the auction for US’s 8th offshore wind auction will start on December 13, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. It will offer three lease areas, totaling approximately 390,000 acres. During October the US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced three developments in American offshore wind energy spanning from coast to coast.
The US Department of Justice received a court order on December 11, awarding the US $857,868 in civil penalties, along with other relief, in the Department’s immigration-related employment discrimination lawsuit against companies that provide contract shipyard labor.
The US Department of Justice announced that Navimax Corporation was fined with $2,000,000 by a federal district court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructing a Coast Guard investigation. Namely, the company discharged oily waste at sea.
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) will receive a $6.6 million grant by the US Department of Transportation as a contribution to a project that will deepen a second container berth to 50 feet at the Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal. This is expected to allow the Port to handle two supersized container ships simultaneously.
Environmental groups sued the Trump administration, on December 11, over offshore drilling tests, starting a legal fight against a plan that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast.
US LNG export capacity will reach 8.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) by the end of 2019, making the country the third largest in the world behind Australia and Qatar, according to EIA forecasts. Currently, US LNG export capacity stands at 3.6 Bcf/d.
Imports at US’s major retail container ports have achieved another new record, the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates reported. Namely, they reached 2 million containers in a single month for the first time, during a time when retailers are bringing merchandise into the country ahead of the tariffs against China.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued an advisory notice concerning the risks of transporting petroleum shipments to Syria. OFAC warns that such actions could breach U.S. sanctions.
The 691-foot-long cruise ship Silver Spirit crashed into a mooring dolphin in Key West, on November 28, due to heavy winds. Because of the crash, Mallory Square will be unusable for three months. The ship was not significantly damaged, while no injuries were reported.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a threat earlier this week, to disrupt other countries’ oil shipments through the Gulf, in case the US proceeds with efforts to stop Iranian oil exports. Mr. Rouhani specifically said if the US decides to eventually prevent the export of Iran’s oil, ‘then no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf’.
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