Post-Pandemic Life Brings Boost to Oil Demand

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Global oil demand continues to recover following COVID and as China’s pandemic related restrictions are lifted. The International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting global oil demand to increase by 1.9 million barrels per day to 101.7 million barrels. Nearly half of this increase in demand will come from China as a result of the lifting of their COVID…

New, Higher OSV Build Costs Benefit Existing Fleet

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JOO has recently participated in an RFI requested asking for indicative charter rates for new deepwater OSVs for oil field service work based on vessel construction costs. Prior to receiving pricing from our selected yards, I expected to see costs to build a new OSV at around $60 million USD. I was quite wrong, with the…

Lack of New OSV Builds Boosts Support for Younger Fleets

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Recently, I’ve covered the aging fleet of Jones Act qualified deepwater OSVs operating in the US Gulf of Mexico and the implications it will have on the overall OSV market as demand continues to rise. In recent conversations about future vessel demands has focused on possible new build vessels. Given the cost of new construction…

OSV Fleet Age Could Present Challenges in the US GOM

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Though the major international offshore oil and gas markets do not have a direct bearing on the US GOM, I do follow activity in those markets closely. Recent broker reports that cover other major regions have highlighted the aging fleet of OSVs and the lack of new OSVs contracted to be built to replace older…

USGOM Oil Activity Continues. Will Oil Prices Drop In A Recession?

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The deepwater floating rig count in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is now currently at 19 rigs. This is a small upward trend that I suspect will remain sustained, especially when the known additional deepwater rigs coming to the market actually arrive. Though the new count only represents a one rig increase this year, it is meaningful for the…

Fleet Reactivations Not Likely To Solve OSV Market Needs

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As the OSV market continues to remain tight into foreseeable future, charterers of OSVs in our industry are scrambling to figure out how to meet their increasing vessel needs. Many industry observers point to a reactivation of the remaining stacked fleet as a means to bring additional supply to the market. When considering the only truly…