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Crude oil imports lead the changing US energy trade

During the past decade, the US trade gap for energy products has narrowed, as from 2003 to 2007, the value of energy imports was about 10 times greater than the value of exports, US EIA informed. By 2017, imports were only about 1.5 times greater than exports, according to data from the US Census Bureau.

US focuses on offshore wind with three key projects

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced three developments in American offshore wind energy spanning from coast to coast. These are: a wind auction in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts; an environmental review of a proposed wind project offshore Rhode Island; and the next steps to a first-ever wind auction in federal waters off of California.

EIA: US manufacturers’ ability to switch fuels decline

According to EIA’s 2014 Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS), the capability of the US manufacturing sector to switch the fuels it uses has declined in recent decades. Among the most commonly substitutable fuels used in US manufacturing, the amount that could be switched in less than 30 days dropped from 24%

Dalian port provides storage for Iranian oil before US sanctions

A large amount of Iranian crude oil will arrive at China’s Dalian port during October and the beginning of November, right before US sanctions on Iran apply. Namely, the National Iranian Tanker Company will ship more than 20 million barrels of oil to Dalian.

US wants a phase-in implementation of 2020 sulphur cap

The US government is trying to delay the implementation date of the upcoming sulphur cap regulation, which mandates that ships should run on environmentally cleaner fuels. President Trump is worried that this regulation will increase the costs of fuels for consumers and businesses.

ODME bypass criminal prosecutions: cause for concern or more of the same?

At SAFETY4SEA Conference, Mr. George A. Gaitas, Managing Partner, Gaitas, Kennedy & Chalos, P.C discussed about what traders in the US may encounter with respect to the ODME bypass criminal prosecutions. Mr. Gaitas predicted it is likely to be a significant change in the enforcement of MARPOL Annex I in US.

At least six states to be exempted from US offshore drilling plan

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told that at least six coastal states’ waters could be exempted from US’s offshore drilling plan, as he noted that some of these states do not have enough oil in order to be included anyway. The six states that could be exempted from the proposal are New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and Washington.

EIA: Natural gas pipeline rupture in Canada affects US energy markets

The rupture of Enbridge’s BC natural gas pipeline near Prince George, British Columbia, on 9 October 2018, continues to affect natural gas supply, electricity generation, and petroleum refining in the US Pacific Northwest, according to EIA. The pipeline rupture forced some refineries in Washington to cut production.

WEF: Top 10 global competitiveness countries

The World Economic Forum issued the 2018 edition of its Global Competitiveness Report, marking a milestone with the introduction of the new Global Competitiveness Index 4.0. The report identifies the US, with a competitiveness score of 85.6, as the closest economy to the frontier, the ideal state.

IBBC ‘extremely concerned’ over recent fuel contamination

The Institute of Bunker Buyers and Consumers is still ‘extremely concerned’ about the outbreak of contaminated fuel, which originated in the US earlier this year, and then spread further to Panama Canal, Singapore and the far East. As IBBC said, many operators have been affected, and the incidences have caused serious problems.

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