Wilson Sons shipyard subsidiary Wilson Sons Estaleiros, in Brazil has inked a contract to construct two azimuth tugboats for Saam Smit Towage do Brasil (Saam Smit).

Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) and joint venture partner Van Oord have been awarded a contract by The Brazilian Ministry of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation for the capital and maintenance dredging of the port of Santos, the largest port of South America.

Svitzer is upgrading and more than doubling its fleet of Brazilian-flagged tugs in 2017.

Bunker fuel supplier Bomin Group will shut its office in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, and suspend physical operations in Estonia and Spain as well as closing the offices in Tallinn and Madrid, respectively, as part of its ongoing business reform.

Keppel Corp has admitted that certain transactions made its former agent in Brazil Zwi Skorniki between Petrobras and Sete Brasil may be “suspicious”.

A stevedore in Brazil has had a lucky escape after the quayside crane he was operating during the discharge of coal from the dry bulker Nord Trust burst into flames, Wilhelmsen Ships Service reports.

The third and last day of the 13th Marintec South America highlighted the fact that there is optimism towards the future, as the Brazilian maritime industry prepares for a new growth period in 2017.

Costs were in focus on the second day Marintec South America ensuring the competitiveness of Brazil’s maritime industries.

Marintec South America 2016, the leading maritime event in Latin America, opened on Monday, 19 September, with the presence of state and federal authorities with a focus on future.

Encouragingly, deliveries continue apace despite the woes of the oil and gas (O&G) industry, with Malaysia's SapuraKencana Petroleum (SapKencana) delivering its sixth and final pipelay vessel (PLV), Sapura Rubi, to Petrobras, the company said in a stock market announcement.

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