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Eric Watkins

Americas Correspondent

San Pedro

Eric Watkins is the Americas Correspondent for Lloyd’s List, covering container traffic in the Western Hemisphere. Based in Los Angeles, California, Eric covers the major container ports along the Pacific Coast and is familiar with the region’s transport system, including maritime, railroad and trucking.

Eric brings a global perspective to his work, having worked as a foreign correspondent in the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, Africa and Europe. Now living on a bluff overlooking San Pedro Bay, Eric is well positioned to report on the global traffic that plies the seas to and from the Pacific gateways of North and South America.

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Increased US oil exports and Iranian sanctions alter Suez trade patterns

The Suez Canal is gaining importance as a southbound route for US and Russian crude oil and petroleum products heading to destinations in Asia and the Middle East

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IMO 2020 will benefit US oil producers and refiners, White House official forecasts

US refineries which have downstream units that upgrade residual oils into more valuable and lower-sulphur products are well positioned to supply the global marine-fuel market with low-sulphur bunker fuel

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US sanctions Iranian shipping firms for smuggling weapons to Yemen

'Today’s designations put the world on notice that those who engage in illicit transactions with these companies will risk exposure and sanctions themselves,' said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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Epic Crude Holdings begins oil exports from Texas terminal

Epic repurposed the former International Grain Port Terminal to begin exporting crude while it has a larger export facility under construction, with completion expected in 2020

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Chevron to exit Kitimat LNG project in British Columbia

Chevron's decision concerning Kitimat LNG came as the firm said it was cutting the value of a number of properties, notably its US shale holdings in Appalachia, by a combined $10bn to $11bn

Canada Tankers and Gas

Pipeline operators to develop VLCC-capable terminal off Texas

EPP and Enbridge are among eight companies seeking to build VLCC-capable offshore crude oil export terminals off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico

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