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09 Apr 2021

IMO Honors 'Exceptional Maritime People'

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The International Maritime Organization has recognized the contributions of a long-standing maritime industry chief and has presented its highest bravery accolade to two maritime pilots from Brazil and an off-duty seafarer from the Philippines.The event, which premiered on April 7, saw Peter Hinchliffe, former Secretary-General, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), receive the prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2019.The 2020 IMO Awards for Exceptional Bravery at Sea were awarded to Marcio Santos Teixeira and Fabio Rodrigues Alves de Abreu (Brazil)…

23 Nov 2020

ARMS Reliability Wins Contract with MODEC

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ARMS Reliability said it has reached an agreement with floating production solutions provider MODEC to assist with optimization and rapid strategy development of asset maintenance management philosophy for MODEC’s newest floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) project for the Bacalhau field, offshore Brazil. The Bacalhau FPSO, the largest ever ordered for Brazil, will be capable of producing up to 220,000 barrels of crude oil per day."The four-phase project will begin with the development of an asset management philosophy based on asset strategy management…

17 Nov 2020

Wilson Sons: Inside Brazil’s Workboat Goliath

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Wilson Sons is the largest integrated port and maritime logistics operator in Brazil, operating more than 80 workboats. Marcio Castro, Executive Director Tugboat Division, discusses with Maritime Reporter the size, shape & technical direction of the fleet.Mr. Castro, to start, how did you come to a career in maritime?I graduated in System Engineering at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), I also have an MBA in Business Administration (Coppead/UFRJ). I joined Wilson Sons in 2003…

23 Sep 2020

A Killing at Sea Implicates the Armed Forces in Lawless Venezuela

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Around midnight on February 23, Eulalio Bravo, a marine electrician, was dozing in his rack aboard the San Ramon, an oil tanker anchored off the coast of Venezuela.Suddenly, he heard footsteps pounding along the passageway outside. His captain, Jaime Herrera, cried for help."Be still!" an unfamiliar voice ordered.A gun fired.By the time Bravo and eight other shipmates emerged to see what had happened, the captain lay dead, a gunshot in the back of his head. Herrera's stateroom had been pillaged, drawers flung open, his bunk overturned.

17 Sep 2020

Wilson Sons Names New CEO of Operations in Brazil

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Brazilian maritime logistics and port operator Wilson Sons has accepted the resignation of Cezar Baião from the position of CEO of Operations in Brazil, effective from March 5, 2021. The company has this week said that its board has accepted the nomination and decided to appoint Fernando Fleury Salek as CEO of Operations in Brazil.Salek has acted as CFO of the company's Brazilian subsidiaries and Head of Investors Relations for the past five years. He is an economist having graduated from PUC-Rio with a specialization in Corporate Finance, International Finance, and Marketing.

14 Sep 2020

Wilson Sons Creates Chat Bot to Expedite Tug Maintenance

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Wilson Sons creates intelligent tool to expedite tug maintenance‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮBrazil's largest tugboat operator has developed a chat bot that simulates conversations and handles demands for fleet repairs to help expedite diagnosis and services of corrective maintenance.Wilson Sons said it developed the intelligent tool to expedite tug maintenance‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮacross its fleet of 80 tugboats. Designed by Tuglab, the company's innovation laboratory, and by the Maintenance and IT areas, a chat bot‚ÄĒa robot‚Ķ

23 Aug 2020

Ex-Maersk Executive Charged in Petrobras Corruption Scheme

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Brazilian prosecutors pressed charges on Friday against two people for an alleged scheme to obtain confidential market information from Petrobras to benefit A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world's largest shipping company.The case stems from an investigation that started in 2014 as part of Brazil's sprawling Car Wash scandal, which has since included suppliers like Maersk and uncovered corruption throughout multiple countries in more than 70 police operations.A statement released by prosecutors on Friday said a former Maersk executive in Brazil…

23 Jul 2020

Life on Hold for Many Philippine Seafarers

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He had a visa and just the job‚ÄĒsix months of work at sea and thousands in pay to send home. Then the virus struck.And like millions of other migrant workers who leave the Philippines to work abroad and send their earnings back to a myriad of dependents, a whole family saw its lifeline cut.‚ÄúI was broke. Things were not easy for me and my family. I badly needed to go back to work at that time so I was looking forward to that trip,‚ÄĚ said sailor Carlos Salvador Jr.Salvador was all‚Ķ

31 Mar 2020

Brazil Blocks Costa Cruise Crew from Coming Ashore Due to Coronavirus

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A Brazilian court has barred crew members from disembarking from the Costa Fascinosa cruise ship anchored with no passengers at the port of Santos after some of their mates developed coronavirus symptoms, city authorities said on Monday.All passengers on the ship, which has a capacity for 3,800 passengers and crew, were disembarked on March 17 at Santos and only the crew remained in quarantined.Santos is Latin America's largest port and where most of Brazil's agriculture commodities are exported.Last week…

23 Mar 2020

Dock Workers at Brazil's Santos Port Call off Strike Vote

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A union representing the on-demand dock workers has called off a vote that had been scheduled for Monday on whether to hold a strike at Latin America's largest port over concerns about risks from the coronavirus outbreak.In a statement on Sunday, the union - which said it represents about 5,000 people - said the cancellation of the vote was due to a request from government officials.

13 Nov 2019

China to invest billions in Brazilian Port

China will make a billion-dollar investment in the Brazilian port of Sao Luis via China Communications Construction Company, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said the announcement will be made at the summit of leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the so-called BRICS group of emerging nations, who are meeting in the Brazilian capital for a two-day summit.The deal will be part of the largest foreign direct investment into Brazil this year, one of the sources said, without revealing any figures.Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said on Wednesday that Brazil is seeking closer integration with China…

11 Nov 2019

Vale cuts Iron Ore Sales Outlook Range

Brazilian iron ore miner Vale on Monday said it now expects sales of iron ore and pellets to be between 307 million and 312 million tonnes in 2019, further reducing its full-year outlook as it grapples with the aftermath of a deadly dam burst.Vale has been compelled to halt production at various facilities because of safety worries after the collapse of a tailings dam in the town of Brumadinho that killed more than 250 people in the company's second fatal accident in less than four years.The miner had initially forecast that 2019 sales would stand at the midpoint of a range of 307 million to 332 million tonnes, before saying in October that it expected them to come between the lower end and the midpoint of the range, which would have been 319.5 million.The outlook change is due to "greater

13 Aug 2019

Brazil Addresses Biofouling

Biodiversity can be threatened by organisms which can build up on ships' hulls and other marine structures, a process known as biofouling.A press note from International Maritime Organization (IMO) said that during a workshop in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil (5 August), experts on biofouling and invasive species and others took the first steps towards setting up a national task force to tackle the issue.According to the UN body, Brazil is one of 12 lead partnering countries in the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships project, which aims to protect marine biodiversity by addressing biofouling.Each lead partnering country's national task force…

23 Jul 2019

Sedna Yachts Builds 100ft Superyacht

Brazilian shipyard Sedna Yachts has officially commenced production of its new ‚ÄėOne Hundred Feet‚Äô, a project signed by Italy‚Äôs Marino Alfani Design."This is the first time that we build a yacht above the 30m threshold and so a new entry to the Brazilian superyacht order-book," said the Sao Paulo based shipyard.The 100ft custom yacht with streamlined contours has been created with two different layouts, meeting the needs of both European and Brazilian owners alike.‚ÄúAll my designs, despite their diversity, share a few standout features,‚ÄĚ said the young Bergamo-based designer Marino Alfani, owner of the firm set up in 2007 that bears his name.

01 Jul 2019

Engie Crosses 1.5 GW Renewable Capacity in India

French power group Engie‚Äôs total renewable capacity in India now exceeds 1.5 GW. The company recently bagged a 200 MW onshore wind project in the state of Gujarat from Solar Energy Corporation of India.ENGIE is all set to sign a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Federal Government entity, SECI.Earlier, Engie won a 280 MWp solar project from Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited. The project‚ÄĒpart of the Raghanesda solar park‚ÄĒis currently under development. Under the scope of the project, the state power distribution company will enter into a 25-year PPA with the company.ENGIE also finalized commissioning one week ahead of schedule of 80% of the 338 MWp Kadapa solar PV project located in the state of Andhra Pradesh‚Ķ

21 Jun 2019

Modec Signs LOI for FPSO with Petrobras

MODEC Inc. received a letter of intent (LOI) from Petróleo Brasileiro for the supply, charter, and operations of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Búzios field.The firm time charter period of the contract is 21 years, it said in a press release.The new LOI will be the fifth FPSO deployed at the Búzios field, however it is the first chartered production unit for the region. Búzios is one of the offshore oil and gas fields in Brazil which forms part of the Transfer of Rights agreement signed in 2010.The Búzios field is 100% operated by Petrobras and is situated 180 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro‚Ķ

22 Apr 2019

TechnipFMC Orders Vallourec Pipes for Mero 1

The provider tubular solutions for the energy markets Vallourec Soluçoes Tubulares do Brasil has been awarded by TechnipFMC in Brazil to supply around 12,000 tons of seamless steel rigid line pipe with outside diameters 8‚ÄĚ and 10‚ÄĚ.The pipe will be used in the fabrication of the riser and flowline system for interconnecting 13 wells (6 production wells and 7 water alternate gas injection wells), to be installed in the pre-salt field Mero 1, which is part of the giant Libra reservoir.Libra covers an area of 1,550 square kilometers, equivalent to the size of the Brazilian city of São Paulo, with recoverable reserves estimated in the range of 8 to 12 billion of barrels of oil.The Libra Block has been developed under a consortium agreement with Petrobras (40% share) as operator‚Ķ

29 Jan 2019

Commonwealth, Nekton Explore Ocean Depths

The collaboration of Commonwealth and Nekton Foundation  and other partners, First Descent will launch a multidisciplinary exploration of never-before-accessed ocean territory.The expedition ship, a floating research station, will set sail from Seychelles in March equipped with cutting-edge subsea technologies, including a submersible capable of descending hundreds of metres into the ocean, and some of the world‚Äôs top scientists on board to test the health of the ocean.A launch of the initiative will take place at Marlborough House, the Commonwealth headquarters in London, on Wednesday, 6th of February. More than a hundred people, including Commonwealth High Commissioners‚Ķ

26 Dec 2018

Soldier-run PDVSA and AWOL Oil Output

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Last July 6, Major General Manuel Quevedo joined his wife, a Catholic priest and a gathering of oil workers in prayer in a conference room at the headquarters of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.The career military officer, who for the past year has been boss at the troubled state-owned oil company, was at no ordinary mass. The gathering, rather, was a ceremony at which he and other senior oil ministry officials asked God to boost oil output."This place of peace and spirituality…

23 Aug 2018

Coffee Exporters Struggle to Find Ships for Brazil Bumper Crop

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Brazilian coffee exporters are struggling to find shipping capacity to transport a bumper crop from the world's top producer, which could result in supply delays to roasters worldwide.Abundant overall supplies in consuming countries, however, will limit any near-term impact from shipping delays of Brazil's new crop and are not yet seen impacting coffee prices that are 12-year lows.Farmers in Brazil are finishing what the government and industry expect to amount to a record coffee…

19 Mar 2018

Brazil Set to Auction Seven More Port Licenses

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Brazil will announce on Monday that it will auction seven additional port operating licenses as part of its privatization efforts, a government source told Reuters on Monday. The licenses relate to port terminals in the northeastern states of Paraíba and Pernambuco as well as in the state of São Paulo in southeast Brazil, the source said, requesting anonymity because the auctions have not yet been made public. The government plans to auction several port licenses in 2018, Reuters reported on March 1‚Ķ

08 Mar 2018

Ex-Petrobras CEO Bendine Convicted of Corruption in Brazil

Aldemir Bendine, the former chief executive of state-controlled oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Banco do Brasil, was found guilty on Wednesday of corruption charges and sentenced by a federal judge to 11 years in prison. Judge Sergio Moro ruled that Bendine used his position at Petrobras to take 3 million reais ($924,527) in bribes from construction firm Odebrecht. "The condemned took his position as CEO of Petrobras amid a corruption scandal and with the expectation that he would solve problems," Moro wrote in his ruling. Bendine's legal team did not immediately reply to requests for comment. His attorneys said throughout the trial that he was innocent and that no company received special benefits from Petrobras or Banco do Brasil under his leadership.

17 Jan 2018

Santos Port to Suspend Shipments of Live Animals

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The company that operates Latin America‚Äôs largest port in the Brazilian city of Santos said on Friday it will suspend shipments of live animals. The company detailed its decision in a letter seen by Reuters that was sent by state-run Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo to a congressman. A press officer at Codesp, as the state-run operator is known, said the letter was authentic. Later, the company sent a statement confirming the suspension. The statement said that kind of operation‚Ķ

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