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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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Lukoil to produce IMO 2020-compliant LSFO

As shipping companies are forced to use more environmentally friendly fuel and reduce emissions, Russian refiners that produce excess heavy fuel oil could find their margins significantly squeezed

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US allegations threaten ship recognition deal

Beijing-based SenseTime announced its agreement with MOL two days after being added to the US Entity List, banning it from importing American products and technology

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Capsized car carrier to be removed from port of Brunswick

The US Coast Guard is carrying out an investigation of the capsizing, but says it could be weeks or months before the cause is determined

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Elba Island fires up LNG export project as first unit starts production

Kinder Morgan Natural Gas South Region president Norman Holmes said the new start-up represents an ‘important step’ as the US becomes ‘a key energy exporter’

US States Tankers and Gas

Port of Los Angeles director calls for end to Sino-US trade war

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to hit their highest level of the year in November as shippers frontload ahead of new tariffs scheduled for December

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