International Maritime Associates, Inc.

International Maritime Associates, Inc.

International Maritime Associates (IMA) is a firm of business consultants specializing in market analysis and strategic planning for companies in the marine and offshore sectors.

We provide

  • the front-end research needed to size the available market, analyze customer requirements, benchmark market position, identify new business opportunities, evaluate market positioning options and assess potential acquisitions or strategic alliances.
  • Since formation in 1973, IMA has performed over 350 consulting assignments for clients in more than 40 countries.
  • World Energy Reports (WER) was cofounded by IMA in 2014 and focuses on multi-client analytical studies in the offshore energy sector. Based in New York, WER maintains a proprietary online database of floating production systems and publishes monthly reports on the industry.
  • WER's client base includes many of the major companies in the offshore industry.

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Recent Articles

Floater Sector Beginning to Regain Traction -- With More Than 70 Projects Awaiting the Market Upturn Signal

April 15, 2017

Jim McCaul -- Orders for production floaters have finally begun to flow.  The break came early this year when contracts for a production semi for use in the GOM and an FPSO for use off Malaysia were awarded.

Events Over the Past Two Months Have Changed the Dynamics of Domestic Energy Development

December 12, 2016

Jim McCaul -- Donald Trump’s presidential win and Republican sweep of the US government in November – along with OPEC’s oil production cuts in December -- have injected new dynamics into the US energy

Floating Production Systems Contracts Hit by Market Downturn – But the Cycle Seems to Have Bottomed

April 28, 2016

Jim McCaul -- No question that the market for new floating production systems has taken a battering. The past 12 to 18 months have been a difficult period for everyone in the business sector. Absence of

Crude Oil Inventory

The global excess crude inventory build between October 2014 and March 2017 has been eliminated -- but US crude inventory is creeping up again.

Survey results by the US Energy Information Administration show a 22% decline in US crude inventory over the past seventeen months -- from 535 million bbls at the end of March 2017 to 416 million bbls as of 12 October 2018 (excluding stocks in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve).    

But US crude inventories have increased in each of the past three weeks -- and the EIA in its 17 October weekly report said "US crude oil inventories are about 2% above the five year average for this time of year." 

Contributing to the recent rise in inventory is lower refinery utilization as US refineries switch to winter blends and perform annual maintenance.   US refineries operated at 88.8% capacity last week.  Also crude imports over the past four weeks have been running 3.5% higher than the same four week period last year -- perhaps as a result of added Saudi exports to the US.

Consulting Services

Jim McCaul

About Jim McCaul

Jim is the founder and manager of IMA, a consulting firm providing market analysis, competitive benchmarking and business planning support in the maritime and offshore sectors. Over the past 40 years IMA has performed more than 350 business consulting assignments for 170+ clients in 40+ countries.

One of the firm’s specialties is analyzing requirements for floating production systems. IMA has published more than 60 reports since 1996 analyzing this business sector and has been engaged by numerous clients to assist in analyzing specific market opportunities in the floating production sector.

Jim is also the co-founder of IMA/World Energy Reports, a New York based business intelligence service for the floating production supply chain.



International Maritime Associates, Inc.

3131 Connecticut Ave NW #2115
Washington D.C. 20008 USA

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Floating Production News

Van Oord Bags Husky Energy's West White Rose Project

October 19, 2018

Dutch offshore and dredging services specialist Van Oord has been awarded the contract…

Aker BP Q3 Operating Profit Beats Forecast

October 19, 2018

Aker BP's third-quarter operating profit rose more than expected, helped by a boom in oil prices…

SDX Terminates Talks Over BP's Egyptian Assets

October 19, 2018

North Africa-focused oil company SDX Energy has terminated talks for a potential…
September 2018 Monthly Floating Production Systems Report

September 2018 Monthly Floating Production Systems Report

Underlying market fundamentals look very good. The global economy is on steroids – growing at 3.9%. Oil prices have climbed again into the high $70 and sanctions on Iran oil shipments are likely to send prices much higher over the next few months. Bottlenecks in the major US shale oil region have raised costs and slowed growth in shale oil production, providing incentive for deepwater investment. Concerns…

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Energy News

US Rig Count Rises to Highest Since March 2015

October 19, 2018

U.S. drillers added oil rigs for a second week in a row this week, raising the rig count to the highest level since March…

STAR Oil Refinery to Reduce Turkey Dependence on Imports, says Erdogan

October 19, 2018

A new $6.3 billion refinery set up by the Azeri state oil company in Turkey will reduce Ankara's dependence on imports for processed oil products…

ENN Starts First Phase of Zhoushan LNG Import Terminal

October 19, 2018

Chinese gas distributor ENN Energy Holdings has begun operations at the first phase of its Zhoushan liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal…