Iran Grain Ships Stranded in Brazil due to U.S. Sanctions
Two Iranian vessels have been stranded for weeks at Brazilian ports, unable to head back to Iran due to lack of fuel, which state-run oil firm Petrobras refuses to sell them due to sanctions imposed by the United States.The vessels Bavand and Termeh came to Brazil a couple months ago carrying urea, a petrochemical product used as fertilizer. They were expected to load corn and return to Iran, but lacked enough fuel for the trip, the port operator in Paranaguá told Reuters.Food is not covered by U.S.
Petrobras Takes Two of Six Port Terminals in Brazil Auction
Brazil auctioned off six port terminals for liquid fuels in the northern state of Para to private operators on Friday, with subsidiaries of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA winning two of the areas.The government raised nearly 450 million reais ($117 million) in the auction of the terminals — five in the Miramar port in the city of Belem and one in the Vila do Conde port in the city of Barcarena.The rights to operate the terminals are the latest in a slew of assets Brazil is selling as part of its drive to shore up public finances and reduce a gaping budget deficit.In an auction br
Brazil to Stop Beaching Ships in South Asia
Brazilian authorities plan to implement legislation to help prevent that vessels owned by exporters such as Petrobras and Vale wind up on South Asia's beaching yards, Bloomberg reported. The report said that earlier this month, authorities decided to develop a legal framework to ensure former Brazilian ships don’t end up with recyclers notorious for using dirty and dangerous methods, federal environmental watchdog Ibama said by email. Brazilian companies could face fines of as…
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.
Transpetro CEO Extends Leave of Absence
Transpetro’s board of directors approved CEO José Sergio de Oliveira Machado’s request to extend unpaid leave to January 21, 2015. The decision was made at a meeting held on January 5, 2015, Petrobras announced. Cláudio Ribeiro Teixeira Campos will continue to fill in for the executive director.
Petrobras Executive Extends Leave Amid Investigation
Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA extended a leave of absence for the head of its tanker and pipeline unit, Transpetro, for 30 more days according to a filing on Friday. Transpetro President Sergio Machado stepped down temporarily on November 3 as police investigated a corruption scandal at the company that has delayed the release of audited earnings, implicated an array of major contractors and threatened to ensnare dozens of politicians. (Reporting by Brad Haynes and Alberto Alerigi Jr.; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Reuters)
SSI Rep Sponsors Brazilian Offshore Seminar
SSI and its representatives continue to engage with leaders of the shipbuilding and offshore industry to help increase productivity and solve business challenges. On April 23, Sincronia, SSI's representative for ShipConstructor software in Brazil, is sponsoring the first seminar focused on the shipbuilding and offshore construction cluster in the state of Pernambuco. Estaleiro Atlântico Sul (EAS) and the American Bureau of Shipping are cosponsors of this event which has been organized by SOBENA (Society of Brazilian Naval Engineers)…
MAN Engines Power New Brazil-built Suezmax Tankship
MAN Diesel & Turbo diesel engines power the tanker, the second PROMEF ship built by Estaleiro Atlantico Sul (EAS). Powered by an MAN B&W 6S70ME-C type prime mover and 3 × MAN 7L23/30H auxiliary engines, the delivery ceremony of the ‘Zumbi dos Palmares’ was attended by the President of Brazil – Dilma Rouseff, President of Petrobras – Maria das Graças Silva Foster, and President of Transpetro – Sergio Machado. “We are proud to participate in this new chapter of Brazilian shipbuilding history”…
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.
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.
Transpetro opens 342 positions for Merchant Marine officers
On Monday, February 7, 2011, Transpetro opened the selection process for the immediate admission of 342 officers of the Merchant Marine to man the vessels operating in its fleet. The period to register for the contest - which is free of charge - ends on April 4. The public notice and the registration form are available on the company's website (www.transpetro.com.br) or can be picked up at the addresses that are listed in the notice itself. To fill these 342 openings, Transpetro foresees for the registration of the 394 best qualified candidates.
Transpetro: Bid for 8 Ships by Year End
Transpetro will launch, by the end of this month, a new bid in view of contracting eight ships to be used for the transportation of oil by-products, in the second phase of the Fleet Modernization and Expansion Program (Promef). Five of those product ships, with a capacity to carry 30 thousand deadweight tons, each, were to be built by the shipyard Rio Nave (RJ), which had executed a contract with the subsidiary of Petrobras. The other three were being negotiated with Estaleiro Mauá, but no agreement was reached in terms of prices and the agreement was not signed.