Wilson Sons Shipping Agency serves 70% of the chartered FPSO market in Brazil

  • 04/03/2022
  • 4 minutes

Estimates of the oil and gas sector indicate growth, with new units coming
into operation in the next five years

With 70% of the national market, Wilson Sons currently leads the shipping agency sector
for attendance of FPSOs (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) chartered in
Brazilian waters. Of the 26 platforms in operation in Brazil, 19 are served by the

“The FPSO market has great growth prospects in the country. Industry estimates show
that up to 26 units are expected to start operating in the next five years. This is without
considering the oil exploration areas acquired in the 2017 to 2019 rounds. Wilson Sons
has a strong presence in this market and we are preparing for the increase in demand”,
emphasizes Marcio Panisset, Agency regional manager.

Currently, Wilson Sons serves production units in the Campos, Santos and Espírito Santo
basins. This year, in addition to the contracts for continuous service, the company
participated in the mobilization (arrival) and demobilization (departure) of FPSOs for the
Brazilian pre-salt. “These are complex and very challenging operations, especially with
the various restrictions imposed by the pandemic”, explains Marcio Bragança,
Operations supervisor in Rio de Janeiro.

Among Wilson Sons’ clients in the segment is BW Offshore, a Norwegian company with
one of the largest fleets of FPSOs in the world. In Brazil, the company operates one
production unit. “Wilson Sons’ experience and strength in the port and maritime market
gives us the necessary security for the size of our operations”, highlights Leonardo
Tannure, the company’s Supply manager.

The Shipping Agency acted as manager and coordinator for all the necessary procedures
in order to obtain the relative authorizations from the port authorities, also controlling
all certificates and relative inspections as well as assisting in the purchase of material
and equipment in general.

A Wilson Sons customer for approximately 10 years, BW Offshore also uses the maritime
support services of the Company’s tugboats. “In addition to trust in quality, the synergy
between services speeds up communication, eases decision making and brings
commercial benefits”, says Tannure.

Shipping agency was Wilson Sons’ first business more than 180 years ago. Today the
company is the largest and most experienced shipping agency in the country, present in
the main Brazilian ports, with 18 own branches. In 2020, it attended to more than 4,000
port calls in various segments such as ore, coal, steel, sugar, grains, fertilizers, chemicals,
liquids and offshore.

About Wilson Sons
Wilson Sons is the largest integrated port and maritime logistics operator in the Brazilian
market and offers supply chain solutions, with over 180 years of experience. The
Company provides a complete range of services to companies operating in the oil and
gas industry, in international trade and in the domestic economy. With national
presence, it acts in an innovative way, following market trends.

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