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

Which FLNG and FSRU Projects Are Likely To Clear the Investment Hurdle?

February 14, 2019

Jim 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

Growth in the FPSO Sector and Outlook for New Orders

February 12, 2019

Jim 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

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

US Crude Inventory Continues to Fall -- Brent Now Trading Around $65

by Jim McCaul  17 July 2019

US crude inventory has declined over the past four weeks.  According the EIA weekly survey, crude inventory dropped 12.8 million bbls in week 25, 1.1 million bbls in week 26, 9.5 million barrels in week 27 and 3.1 million barrels last week.  But US crude inventory still remains 4% above the five year average for this time of year.  

While the EIA inventory survey covers only the US market, the survey results are considered more reliable than international estimates and are often used as a surrogate for world crude inventory trends.  

Brent is now trading around $65 -- supported by Mideast tensions, production curtailment by OPEC+ and expectation that the global economy will improve as stimulus measures take hold.  WTI crude, the US oil pricing benchmark, is trading at a $7 discount to Brent, reflecting the continuing logistics bottlenecks in getting growing US tight oil production to market. 

 

  


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.



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Report

FLOATING LIQUEFACTION AND REGASIFICATION
an Assessment of Future Requirements for FLNGs and FSRUs

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FLOATING LIQUEFACTION AND REGASIFICATION - An Assessment of Future Requirements for FLNGs and FSRUs

2019 Annual Outlook. Our new 150-page report is the first professional effort to systematically look at the universe of FLNG and FSRU projects in the planning stage – and categorize the likelihood of each making the development investment hurdle. Many FLNG and FSRU projects are planned – but only some will ultimately will move forward to development. The goal of our report is to objectively sort out likely winners and losers – and explain the rationale for the rating.
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Floating Production News

Premier Oil Cuts Operating Costs Forecast

July 17, 2019

Britain's Premier Oil on Wednesday reduced its forecast for its 2019 operating costs…

Keppel Wins Yinson FPSO Modification Work

July 16, 2019

Singapore-based Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has through its wholly-owned…

Leviathan natural gas platform starts voyage to Israel

July 15, 2019

The gas platform for the Leviathan natural gas field is on its way to Israel from…
June 2019 Monthly Floating Production Systems Report

June 2019 Monthly Floating Production Systems Report

Oil prices have been volatile over the past month. Brent dropped 17% between mid-May and mid-June due to demand growth fears and growing crude inventory. But several tanker attacks and a drone downing near the Strait of Hormuz caused a rebound and Brent was back to the mid $60s as of 21 June. Meanwhile, the production floater market has been active. Petrobras issued letters of intent to lease two FPSOs – ending an eighteen month hiatus in Petrobras FPSO orders.

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Energy News

Van Oord Completes Foundation for EA1

July 19, 2019

Dutch maritime contracting company Van Oord has installed the last jacket foundation for offshore wind farm East Anglia ONE…

Tolent Begins Triton Knoll Base Work

July 19, 2019

UK based contractor Tolent started work to construct a new multi-million offshore construction and operations base for Triton…

New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts

July 18, 2019

New York on Thursday awarded two major offshore wind contracts to Norway's Equinor and a joint venture between Denmark's Orsted and U.S.