Brazil Federal Police Investigate Greek Ship in Connection with Oil Spill
Brazil's federal police on Friday announced a potential breakthrough in the investigation into the causes of a mysterious oil spill that has baffled authorities and Brazilians for about two months.Police said they were investigating a Greek-flagged ship allegedly responsible for the oil spill, which they claim may have occurred about 700 km (420 miles) off the Brazilian coast between July 28-29 after the vessel made a stop in Venezuela.In a statement, federal police said they were carrying out search warrants at addresses linked to a company of Greek nationality.Brazilian authorities said they had also requested cooperation from international agencies…
Brazil Court orders Petrobras to Refuel Iran Vessels
Brazil's top court on Thursday ordered state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA to refuel two Iranian grain vessels stranded on the Brazilian coast due to U.S. sanctions holding up sales of fuel needed for their return trips.Chief Justice Dias Toffoli overturned a lower court ruling that allowed Petrobras, as the oil major is known, to refrain from fueling the vessels.Petrobras had denied service, citing the risk of consequences from U.S. sanctions. However, the risk is reduced if it is simply obeying a Supreme Court ruling…
Mariner Training in Brazil: Inside the Institute of Nautical Sciences
For a long time there has been a deficit of trained maritime officers in Brazil, as for decades the only accredited training institutes were run by the Brazilian Navy, where a very limited number of prospective maritime deck and engine officers could be trained at its two training institutes in the country. That's all changing now with the Institute of Nautical Sciences (ICN) leading the way.With the discovery of the pre-salt in 2007 and the continued growth of the maritime and offshore sectors, the lack of qualified Brazilian officers became acute.
Stena Bulk Charters Out MR Tanker Pair to Petrobras
Stena Bulk said it has signed a contract with Brazil's state-owned oil company to charter out a pair of MR product tankers for transporting refined products along the Brazilian coast. The two-year deal includes the option to extend the charters for another 11 months.The 47,000 dwt tankers, Stena Conqueror and Stena Conquest, were built in 2003 and 2004 respectively.“We have a long-standing, highly-valued relationship with Petrobras when it comes to both Suezmax and MR tankers and we are committed to continue to provide them with safe and efficient deliveries.
Inside Brazil's Cruise Slump
Brazil is still attracting cruise lines, such as Norwegian Cruise Line, which is bringing a ship to Brazil for the first time in the 2016/2017 season. However, hard numbers do not bode well for the industry as the number of cruises dropped by more than half in four years, with a staggering 54 percent decrease in the number of regular cruise ships on the Brazilian coast. In 2012, the season had 15 regular ships, while this year there will be only seven, and the number of passengers boarding at Santos port will be 42 percent lower.
Southern Exposure: Wilson Sons' Sergio Guedes Talks Towage
The influx of ships and rigs sailing into and out of Brazilian ports since the discovery of large pre-salt plays off Brazil in 2007, and the opening of new ports and shipyards during the past decade has led to a sharp increase in towing operations in Brazil. MR spoke to Sergio Guedes, Director of Operations at Wilson Sons Towage, about the towage and salvage markets in Brazil. Wilson Sons Group is one of the largest integrated operators in port and maritime logistics in Brazil. The company has more than a century of experience and is also present in shipbuilding and offshore support services.
Svitzer Chooses Cat Power for Harbor Tugboats
To power four new harbor tugboats under construction in Brazil, global towage and emergency response provider Svitzer turned to Caterpillar — purchasing eight Cat 3516C marine propulsion engines and eight C4.4 generator sets. Part of the Maersk Group, the world’s largest container shipping company, Svitzer operates a fleet of more than 430 vessels globally. Earlier in 2015, the company acquired a controlling stake in Brazilian harbor towage company Transmar Servicos Maritimos—now known as Svitzer Brazil. The new harbor tugs will join an existing fleet operating along the Brazilian coast.
Aliança: Second Flagship in the Cabotage Fleet Christened
With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has -- for the moment -- completed the expansion and modernization of its fleet. In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage services, four of which feature a slot capacity of 3,800 TEU each and two with 4,800 TEU each. All newbuildings have set new standards in the Brazilian coastal routes in terms of their capacity and environmental characteristic.
Aliança Christens 2nd Cabotage Boxship
With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has momentarily completed the expansion and modernisation of its cabotage fleet. In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage services, four of which feature a slot capacity of 3,800 TEU each and two with 4,800 TEU each. All newbuildings have set new standards in the Brazilian coastal routes in terms of their capacity and environmental friendliness.
Offshore Energy Timeline:1806-2014
1806 - Spring pole cable drilling developed in US. 1844 - Fluid circulating rotary well drilling patented in England. 1845 - Circulated fluid used to remove drill cuttings for first time. 1860 - Fluid circulation rotary diamond coring drill developed in France. 1869 – T homas Fitch Rowland patents a “submarine drilling apparatus,” a fixed, working platform for drilling offshore to a depth of almost 50 feet. The anchored tower had telescoping legs, similar to modern offshore platforms. 1878 - First bulk oil tanker begins operation in the Caspian Sea. 1891 - First ocean-going tanker launched. 1897 - Wells drilled off piers in Summerland, Calif. 1905 – Oil discovered in the Caddo Pine Island field in Lousiana. 1911 - Gulf Refining Co.
Vulkan RATO for Submarine Test Rig
For decades, Vulkan has been a supplier of couplings, not only for Brazilian offshore industry, but also for military applications. Here business mainly focused on conventional drives such as diesel-electric systems for military ships and submarines. Now Vulkan is positioning itself on the Brazilian market as a system solution provider for nuclear propulsion and supply the Centro Experimental Aramar in Iperó with a RATO S 731T and 14 elastic mounts. The Brazilian government is currently planning the construction of a fleet of six submarines with nuclear propulsion.
Bureau Veritas Classes Brazil’s Largest FPU
Petrobras’ P-55 Floating Production Unit (FPU), the largest and the first of this kind entirely built in Brazil, is on its way to the Roncador Field, Campos Basin, where it will be installed in a water depth of 1,790 metres. The column stabilized semi-submersible has a capacity of 180,000 bopd and 6,000,000 cu m of gas. The unit is classed by Bureau Veritas. BV group companies also provided a wide range of verification and support services which made the major project possible.
What You Need to Know to Operate Offshore Brazil
For companies interested in operating in Brazil, it is important to understand the country. • ABAC – Brazilian Coastal Ship Owners Association. In addition, it also lodges the companies of the Port Support segment. Syndarma is a proponent of the Brazilian maritime sectors, demonstrating to the public the importance of the employment of Brazilian registered vessels in Brazilian waters as well as the necessity to expand the Brazilian merchant fleet, the return of its…
Açu Superport: A Modern Port Concept for Brazil
After spending a day exploring the sprawling Açu Superport and Industrial Complex construction site far up the northeast coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro courtesy of LLX and OSX, Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s Contributing Editor in Brazil, flew back to Rio for a conversation with Marcus Berto, LLX’s new CEO at the EBX Group headquarters in downtown Rio de Janeiro. “This is a not simply a port belonging to LLX. This is a port for Brazil,” he said. LLX is the logistics branch of the EBX Group…
Brazil Maritime Sector: Latest News
The following news round up on the Brazilian marine and offshore market is provided by SSA (Voice of UK Marine Industry). Transpetro will issue a new tender for the procurement of three bunker vessels under Promef II (2nd phase of the Fleet Modernization and Renewal Programme) up to June 30. The Brazilian government confirmed the delivery of the first vessel to 2019 and the remaining two vessels in 2020. These vessels were originally contracted to Superpesa to be delivered in 2013, but because of the delay in the delivery dates, Transpetro cancelled the orders in December 2012. Last month, the Petrobras Engineering Director…
OSX: Full Speed Ahead on Mammoth Shipyard Project
Danilo Souza Baptista, OSX’s Director of Naval Construction, sat with MR Contributing Editor Claudio Paschoa at EBX Group’s new HQ in downtown Rio de Janeiro, in a meeting room overlooking Guanabara Bay with Sugar Loaf Mountain as a backdrop, to discuss its ambitious yet realistic vision to create one of the largest, most efficient shipyards in the Americas, as well as its Integrated Service Solution to the meet offshore O&G needs. OSX is a relatively new company, founded by the EBX Group in 2009.
For more than 35 years, Advanced Subsea (AS) has been deeply involved in marine technological innovation. Through steady research and partnerships with research institutes in France and Brazil, Advanced Subsea has been developing new tools, procedures and methods for monitoring oceanographic and meteorological parameters. AS is an independent French company specialized in deep water subsea construction support and services with its head office in Paris and support offices in Houston, Luanda and Rio Janeiro.
DMAIB Publishes 'Maersk Champion' Fire Report
The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) reports on the fire that occured on board in early 2012. On 9 January 2012, a fire broke out in the ship’s hospital of the AHTS vessel Maersk Champion that was engaged in tanker lifting/heading control off the Brazilian coast. The cause of the fire was self ignition by a chemical reaction between chlorine-containing granules and other chemical substances in a plastic box with medicine and chemical residues located in the ship's hospital.
Brazil Offshore Turbine Engine Maintenance Contract for MAN
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE wins Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) contract extension for maintenance, repair & operational support of 20 MAN THM gas turbine trains. The contract extension covers four offshore platforms in the crude oil and natural gas exploration area off the north-east coast of Rio de Janeiro. The agreement spans five years and is the second extension of this service contract, which was originally signed in 2002. The value of the agreement is Euro 150 million. The gas turbines drive ten gas compressors and ten generators on the Petrobras platforms Cherne 1 and 2…
Voith Receives Major Order for 60 Large-Size Gears
Voith has received a major order for the delivery of 60 variable-speed planetary gears type "Vorecon." The Vorecons will enter service in offshore production on the oil fields on the huge pre-salt cluster in the Atlantic approximately 300 km outside Rio de Janeiro. The operator is a consortium led by the Brazilian mineral oil group Petrobras. Production of the first Vorecon at Voith in Crailsheim is already underway. Delivery of the first gears is scheduled for November 2012.
Greenpeace Campaigners Take Ship to Amazon
According to Greenpeace, the world is edging closer to an ecological calamity in the Amazon. Threats to the rainforest include logging, cattle ranching, soya plantations and of course climate change, thus they have sent their new 'Rainbow Warrior' to Brazil to create community awareness and lobby government leaders. Launching their campaign to increase citizen awareness of the global environmental importance of the Amazon region they look for 4 million signatures from Brazilians at home and abroad to call for a law to end Amazon destruction.
Fairmount Alpine Towed Rig Ocean Whittington to Gulf
Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Alpine has towed the rig Ocean Whittington from offshore Belem, Brazil, to offshore Galveston, US. For this job Fairmount Marine was contracted by the rigs owner, Diamond Offshore Drilling, for which Fairmount has performed a series of towages in recent years. Ocean Whittington is a semi submersible drilling rig for deep water operations. The rig has worked offshore the northern Brazilian coast since 2009. To tow the rig to the Gulf Fairmount Marine mobilized tug Fairmount Alpine…
BMT: Annual Report Shows Solid Performance
A resilient performance As competition intensifed and demand weakened, BMT faced diffcult market conditions across most areas of the business during the reporting period. Given these circumstances the group performed well, with revenues from continuing businesses rising 8% to £127m and underlying operating profts unchanged at £6.5m. With competition keen and our customers’ budgets under pressure we were, however, unable to make further progress in our strategic aim of improving underlying margins.