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.
February 1, 2020Jim McCaul — Activity in the deepwater sector took a huge hit in the second half of last decade as a result of a global oil demand/supply imbalance, downturn in oil prices, hiatus in Petrobras production
February 14, 2019Jim McCaul — IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a twelve month detailed assessment of the floating liquefaction and regasification market. The 150+ page study examines future market opportunities
February 12, 2019Jim McCaul — Floating production storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs) are by far the most popular type of floating production system. They account for two thirds of the oil/gas production floaters now
April 15, 2017Jim 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.
December 12, 2016Jim 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
The coronavirus crisis and oil price war has upended the offshore oil and gas sector. We are seeing a repeat of the 2006/07 financial meltdown impact on the sector -- and the impact this time could be much worse.
Oil demand has sharply fallen as the virus spread shuts down economic activity worldwide. Global oil demand is expected to fall 20% in April.
In parallel, Saudi Arabia has kicked off a full-fledged price war with Russia by flooding the market with oil to see who blinks first.
The result -- an oil glut is rapidly forming and global inventory is nearing full capacity. Brent is trading at $28 -- down more than 60% from early January.
A solution is not visible at the moment. The Saudis are resisting US diplomatic efforts to get them to change direction -- and the virus spread continues as a furious pace.
The market downturn is forcing field operators to defer investment plans. Major offshore project starts will be suspended through the remainder of the year -- and the impact will likely extend into 2021.
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.