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Petrobras aquires 23 new offshore support vessels to service deepwater plays

08th May 2014

Petrobras has approved contracts for 23 vessels to support its offshore activities. These vessels are part of the 6th round of the third Fleet Renewal Plan for Offshore Support Vessels (Prorefam)

Petrobras aquires 23 new offshore support vessels to service deepwater plays
Approved contracts in this 6th round comprise a total investment of approximately USD 1.7bn to be made by the charterers and should generate around 7,000 direct jobs in Brazil over the next four years

In 6th round, nineteen platform supply vessels (PSV - Vessels to transport cargo to the platforms) were contracted, six with Asgaard Navegação , six with Starnav Serviços Marítimos, three with Bram Offshore Transportes Marítimos, two with Wilson Sons Offshore and two with Companhia Brasileira de Offshore. In addition, four Anchor Handling Tug and Supply vessels (AHTS - Vessels to tow and anchor rigs and platforms) were contracted with Companhia Brasileira de Offshore.

In this program, the percentage of local content required in the construction phase is 50 per cent for anchor handling and tug supply vessels (AHTS) and 60 per cent for platform supply vessels (PSV). In the operational phase, the percentage of local content required is 70 per cent for both types of vessels.

Approved contracts in this 6th round comprise a total investment of approximately USD 1.7bn to be made by the charterers and should generate around 7,000 direct jobs in Brazil over the next four years. Over the last six rounds, which began in 2008, these contracts have ensured a continued average demand for around 5,500 jobs in Brazilian shipyards each round.

Since 2008, this program has signed contracts for a total of 146 vessels in seven successive rounds. Up to the 6th round, contracts had been signed for 110 vessels, amounting to around USD 6.7bn in investment from charterers to build vessels in Brazil. The 7th round of the program was launched in March this year and Petrobras will receive proposals until June 27. Their contracts will be signed by October 30 this year.

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