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 Inventory Drops Again -- Brent Stays Around $60

by Jim McCaul

US crude inventory declined again last week -- reducing fear of a repeat 2014/16 oil glut occurring.  The latest weekly survey by the US Energy Information Administration indicates a small inventory fall of 1.2 million barrels in the week ended 7 December.  This follows a 7.3 million barrel decline in the previous week.  The decrease over the past two weeks follows ten straight weeks of US crude inventory build.  

While EIA data include only US inventory the survey results are considered more reliable than international figures and are often used a surrogate for global inventory status.

Despite the inventory reversal -- and OPEC+ agreement to cut production in H1 2019 -- crude prices remain 30% down from beginning October.  Brent as of 12 December is trading around $60.    

Oil prices regularly overshoot the level needed to balance demand and supply.   Current prices are below the balancing level needed to attract investment to meet growing demand and replace depleting reserves.  Assuming OPEC+ production cuts are implemented as planned -- and no major demand disruption occurs -- we should be back in the $65 to $75 price range in Q2 2019.   Our 2019/23 production floater forecast is based on oil trading in this price range over the next five years.   

But the second half of 2019 is going to see a big jump in US oil production as logistic bottlenecks in the US shale sector are removed.   US oil production is expected to grow 11% in 2019 -- and OPEC+ will need to continue to meter supply to prevent a price collapse.   

Meanwhile, the recent drop in crude prices has impacted a few marginal offshore projects that were set to move forward. But there has not been any major impact on investment plans of the big offshore producers.    Chevron and Hess, for example, have indicated higher spending plans for next year.   Petrobras has budgeted $68.8 billion for E&P spending between 2019/23 -- a figure 14% higher than the 2018/22 plan.


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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.



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LNG Investment Set to Grow

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Following years in the pricing doldrums, LNG is hot again, with business prospects for floating production and regasification…

Floating Production News

Norne FPSO Extended Through 2036

December 14, 2018

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has given Equinor the green light to extend the…

Norway Postpones Decision on Arctic Oil Terminal

December 14, 2018

The Norwegian government has postponed a decision on whether to mandate the construction…

Western Gas Chooses McDermott, BHGE for Equus Project

December 12, 2018

Western Gas announced Wednesday it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)…
November 2018 Monthly Floating Production Systems Report

November 2018 Monthly Floating Production Systems Report

Oil prices took a violent dive in November. Growing crude inventory has sparked fear of a new demand/supply imbalance developing – causing market sentiment to suddenly reverse. The potential of oil spiking to $100+ by year end has been replaced by worries of a repeat of the 2014/15 price collapse. But while recent developments have sent a chill through the oil sector, orders for new production floaters have been relatively strong.

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Energy News

Oil Slips 2 Percent

December 14, 2018

Oil prices dropped about 2 percent on Friday, weighed down by a falling U.S. stock market, while weak economic data from…

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs

December 14, 2018

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a second week in a row this week, prolonging a move by drillers over the past month to…

Europeans Sweep Record US Offshore Wind Auction

December 14, 2018

A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling…