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.
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
April 28, 2016Jim 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 prices are being held in check by the excess oil inventory overhanging the market. Global crude oil inventory in OECD countries has risen almost 25% over the past two years – and oil pricing will continue to be held in check until the level of oil inventory is worked down.
The oil inventory survey conducted weekly by the EIA provides a convincing indicator that crude stocks in the US are now declining. As shown below, crude oil inventory in the US peaked at the end of March – after increasing over the first thirteen weeks of 2017. US crude inventory has fallen in nineteen of the twenty four weeks since March - and over the past twelve weeks crude inventory has fallen 35 million barrels. US crude inventory (excluding stock in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) totaled 473 million barrels as of 15 September. The increase in inventory over the past three weeks was the result of Hurricane Harvey, which shut in production at several refineries and caused US refinery utilization to drop below 80%. As refinery utilization returns to normal over the next few weeks, crude inventory will resume a downward trend.
US inventory data represent trends in only one area of the global oil market. But estimates for global oil inventory are notoriously weak – and industry analysts heavily rely on the weekly US oil inventory data as a surrogate for global inventory movement.
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 50 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