Since 1997, Wilson Sons has contributed to the creation of a new panorama for this segment, operating the Tecon Rio Grande unit, the rst publicly bid privatisation of a container terminal in the country. Situated 320 km (200 miles) from the city of Porto Alegre, the Capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Tecon Rio Grande has 900 metres of berth, with a draught of 42 feet (15m), operating with the main shipping lines that connect Brazil to the world. The equipment is of the highest technology available, including the presence of nine Post-Panamax STS (ship-to-shore) cranes and 22 Rubber-Tyre Gantry (RTG) cranes, not to mention 2,800 sockets for refrigerated containers. The terminal operates using road, waterway and rail transport connections.
Some 17 years ago, Wilson Sons won the concession for the operation of Tecon Salvador, situated in the heart of the city of Salvador, in the state of Bahia. This terminal o ers services such as container movement, storage of empty containers, container packing and unpacking, as well as project cargo such as those with special sizes or weights. Since the start, the Company has made constant investment in the acquisition of new equipment, infrastructure, information systems and training.
Due to the investments completed, the terminal is able to receive some of the world’s largest container ships. Nowadays the area of the terminal totals 118,000 m. The terminal has two ship berths; the Cais de Ligação with a length of 240m preferentially servicing cabotage and project cargo; and the principal berth, Água de Meninos with a draught of 15m and 377m in length. The terminal also has three portainer cranes of the Super Post Panamax type, and another three Panamax portainers, as well as eleven RTGs, of which nine are fully electric.
Founded in 1999, Brasco is one of the largest private port terminals devoted to upstream support of the oil and gas industry in Brazil. Its two units, in Niterói and Rio de Janeiro, are strategically placed within Guanabara Bay, and have the capacity to support activities in the Campos and Santos petroleum basins. In addition, Brasco has the experience and has qualified personnel for the establishment of bases along the whole of the Brazilian and South American coastline, having already operated in São Luís (Maranhão), Belém (Pará), Salvador (Bahia), Fortaleza (Ceará) and Vitória (Espírito Santo).
Wilson Sons Tugboats is the market leader in the segment of harbour manoeuvres, and is active in port and ocean towage services. Apart from traditional services, the Company also offers special services such as support for the construction and maintenance of platforms & FPSOs and support for salvage operations involving re ghting. Investment in technology and e ciency has always been a priority of the operations of Wilson Sons Tugboats. Its eet comprises over 70 tugboats, and more than 80% of these have azimuth thrusters.
The Company has an Operations Centre (Central de Operação de Rebocadores - COR), which tracks the vessels from a central location and generates usage indicators, thereby assisting operational e ciency strategy and also reducing the risks of accidents.
The employees at Wilson Sons Tugboats are trained at the Maritime Training Centre, in the coastal city of Guarujá (State of São Paulo). One of the main distinguishing factors of this Centre is the presence of a simulator.
Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore has one of the largest and most modern fleets of Brazilian flag offshore support vessels. The WSUT vessels operate as maritime support to platforms for the exploration and production of oil and gas.
The main activity of the vessels is that of supporting the logistics of supply of equipment and other products such as: drilling mud, tubes, cement and food, among other materials necessary for the operation of platforms that have been installed along the Brazilian coast. WSUT has an additional ve vessels currently under construction, with delivery planned by the end of 2016.
Wilson Sons Logística has its business model based on the development of integrated logistics solutions for each client segment.
The Company is active in the areas of bonded warehousing and general operations, stock management, dedicated in-house solutions, distribution, transport management, and solutions for foreign trade.
Within the Southeast Platform, Wilson Sons Logística manages EADI Santo André, which is the largest dry port in São Paulo, operating in full integration with the Logistic Centre at Itapevi and transport options.
In the Northeast Platform, Wilson Sons Logística recently opened EADI Suape which also operates in an integrated fashion, with the Logistic Centre and transport options.
The Company also manages and develops, specific projects involving dedicated operations for large national and multinational companies.
The origin of the Company, Wilson Sons Agency is one of the the largest independent shipping agencies in Brazil. It acts directly in provision of services to ships and also commercial representation. It has exclusive representatives in Europe and North America, as well as having its own offi ce in Shanghai, in China.
The Agency provides operational services to regular vessels (liners) and also individual ships (Tramps) and issues all shipment and forwarding documentation with the relevant authorities, both for import and export operations. The
Company is also present in the area of equipment control (containers), demurrage, visas for crew members, release of spare parts, and also the issue and renewal of the authorisations and certifi cates of vessels.
It also has expertise in the logistic management for project cargoes.
For the oil and gas industries, the Agency co-ordinates the certification of the heliport transfers, inspections and certifications by maritime and port authorities, as well as issue of visas, pre-inspections, and general co-ordination.
Specialised in the construction of Offshore Support Vessels (OSV), with traditional presence in the activities of construction and maintenance of port tugboats, Wilson Sons Shipyards has two units strategically located in the State of São Paulo, in the city of Guarujá.
With a highly qualified team, its current capacity is 10,000 tonnes of steel processing per year.
The Company is ready to o er tailor-made projects to its clients.