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

US Crude Oil Inventory

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 eighteen of the twenty weeks since March - and over the past eight weeks crude inventory has fallen 46 million barrels.   US crude inventory (excluding stock in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) totaled 463 million barrels as of 18 August.

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.

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 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



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August 2017 Monthly Floating Production Systems Report

August 2017 Monthly Floating Production Systems Report

As described in the August report, oil prices have returned to the low-$50s as global crude inventory continues to be worked down. Increasing oil demand and curtailed supply has been trimming the excess crude stock that built up in late 2016/early 2007 -- giving support to near term crude pricing. Meanwhile two major FPSO contractors have expressed their confidence in the future FPSO market – one by ordering a speculative FPSO hull…

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There Are Signs of Hope for the Energy Industry

Video: There Are Signs of Hope for the Energy Industry

Jim McCaul, founder of International Maritime Associates, discusses the rebounding energy sector and the state of floating production.

Floating Production News

Prelude FLNG Enters into Lloyd’s Register Class

August 23, 2017

Shell’s floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility Prelude has officially entered…

Chevron CEO John Watson to Step Down

August 22, 2017

Chevron Corp Chief Executive John Watson is stepping down from his post atop the…

Former CEO of Brazil's Petrobras Charged with Corruption

August 22, 2017

Brazilian prosecutors on Tuesday charged the former chief executive officer of state…

Energy News

Rosneft Awards Tender to Sell Venezuelan Heavy Oil

August 23, 2017

Russian oil company Rosneft has awarded a group of refining and trading firms including U.S. companies a tender to sell a…

Alberta Sees Lower Revenues on Weak Oil Prices

August 23, 2017

Canada's largest crude-producing province Alberta downgraded its 2017-18 revenue forecast on Wednesday because of lower-than…

Sistema to Pay Rosneft $2.3 Bln in Damages

August 23, 2017

A Russian court ruled on Wednesday that conglomerate Sistema should pay more than 136 billion roubles ($2.3 billion) to oil…