Brazil Criticized for Dumping Toxic Ships in South Asia
NGOs and trade unions in Brazil have criticized the state-run Petrobras’ end-of-life fleet management by dumping toxic ships on South Asian beaches. The Brazilian Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores em Transportes Aquaviários e Aéreos, na Pesca e nos Portos (CONTTMAF) trade union federation and its member SINDMAR (Sindicato Nacional dos Oficiais da Marinha Mercante) have recently criticized the shipbreaking practices of Transpetro, the oil and gas transportation subsidiary of the Brazilian petroleum corporation Petrobras, majority-owned by the State.
OPTECH South 2017: Littoral Challenges in Colombia
Naval experts from around the world are meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Operations and Technology (OPTECH) South 2017 conference. The event is being conducted by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Littoral Operations Center (LOC), supported by the Office of Naval Research-Global and the Colombian Naval Science and Technology Office and Swedish defense company Saab. The littoral is the complex “near shore” environment where hydrography, geography, commerce, fishing…
RIMPAC Brings 26 Nations Together in Pacific
Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series which began in 1971.
Cooperation to Enhance Maritime Security in West and Central Africa
Maritime security experts have met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (15-17 June) to share expertise on how cooperation on maritime surveillance monitoring and communication systems in the South Atlantic can benefit countries in west and central Africa. Delegates from 11 African countries, the Brazilian Navy and various African regional organizations and other countries shared their experiences and challenges in enhancing maritime security, with a view to improving maritime security through better maritime governance, maritime situation awareness and cooperation across the South Atlantic.
Mercury Marine Opens Training Center in Brazil
Mercury Marine, a manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines, has opened a new million-dollar training center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed to offer a learning environment for Mercury Marine dealer and service center technicians. The new 5,300-square-foot (500 square meters) facility is equipped with electronic diagnostic tools, computers and processes that highlight the company’s commitment to the environment. The new training center can accommodate 16 students at a time and will host approximately 20 classes per year.
Brazil Postpones SISTRAM Communications
The Brazilian Maritime Authority has advised that the commencement of the new SISTRAM communications system has been postponed for at least 90 days, and will therefore not be in effect from October 15, as previously announced. The Brazilian Navy will discuss this matter with the maritime sector, including the National Shipping Agency Association, to determine who will be responsible for the input of information in the SYSTRAM IV through the webpage.
SENER Opens Office in Brazil
The engineering and technology group SENER has opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil. SENER thus establishes an operating and permanent division in this Latin American country, made up of about 300 Brazilian professionals specialized in engineering and construction that will carry out projects in the fields of Power and Process, Civil engineering and Architecture, Aerospace and Marine engineering. Furthermore, SENER premises in Brazil also include an office in Rio de Janeiro.
New Brazilian Warship Departs the U.K.
The latest addition to the Brazilian Navy’s fleet departed the UK in the snow for her new home in Rio de Janeiro where she will strengthen Brazil’s maritime security. Apa is the second of three Amazonas Class Ocean Patrol Vessels being delivered to the Brazilian Navy by BAE Systems. Her sister ship, Amazonas, completed the crossing last year, while the final ship, Araguari, will be handed over in June. BAE Systems employees and the Brazilian Navy support team, who are working in partnership to deliver the class of ships, gathered on the dockside at HM Naval Base Portsmouth where she departed.
Surface Warships Conference 2013 Madrid, Spain
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Brazil's New Ocean Patrol Boat Heads for Home
First of three BAE Systems built patrol boats for the Brazilian Navy, departs the UK for Rio de Janeiro. Amazonas has completed a rigorous sea-training program under the eye of the Flag Officer Sea Training with the Royal Navy off the South coast of England, and is homeward bound. Supported by a team from BAE Systems, the crew’s extensive training programme included navigation and duty watch training, as well as development and familiarisation of operational procedures for safety and security in areas including material assessment of the ship…
Brazil Shipbuilding: Soaring to New Heights
The recent growth of the Brazilian shipbuilding industry, with the construction of more than 20 new shipyards and efforts to modernize older shipyards, has highlighted the need for more efficient ship design and construction methods. With the increased reliance on production line automation, ship design software has become even more important. Maritime Reporter and Engineering News spoke with Mr. Bruno França,CEO of Brazilian IT company Sincronia and ShipConstructor representative in Brazil, about the relevance of CAD based ship design software in the new Brazilian shipbuilding industry.
Rhothetha Shows SAR, Tracking Solutions in Brazil
Rhothetha, with headquarters in Murnau, Germany and sales and service centers in Utah and Florida, will be exhibiting at LAAD 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company provides Search & Rescue (SAR) and Tracking solutions, and specializes in the development, manufacture, and integration of professional products for ATC, SAR, COSPAS‐SARSAT, VTS, Surveillance, and Tracking of RF transmitters in general. Rhothetha products are installed in special mission aircraft, helicopters, boats, vehicles and towers worldwide.
Projemar Contracts with Sener
The reference ship and offshore design consultancy in Brazil, Projemar, has entered a license contract with Sener for the use of FORAN. After the implementation of FORAN in its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Projemar is conducting an on the job learning process that includes the actual detail design a mineral carrier for a Brazilian shipyard, covering the complete structure and outfitting 3D model and the manufacturing outputs. Projemar joins the Brazilian FORAN users base that includes…