Ship-to-ship success in Brazil

Fendercare Marine has secured the necessary licences to perform ship-to-ship transfer of oil off the coast of Brazil.

After three years of intensive and highly focused work from the Fendercare Marine team, two crucial licenses have been awarded by the environment agency IBAMA and the Brazilian Navy.

The licences, signed in January 2015, give Fendercare Marine permission to operate ship-to-ship transfers in Brazilian territorial waters in the Santos Basin – the site of significant Brazilian oil fields. This means Fendercare Marine is now very well placed to capitalise on the growth in production of Brazilian crude over the next five to 10 years.

"This is a huge opportunity for us, projected oil output is expected to double in the next five years and very significant volumes of oil will need to be lightered (transferred between vessels of different sizes) and trans-shipped. Because there is a very limited refining capacity in Brazil, much of the extracted oil has to be exported and now Fendercare Marine is ideally placed to help."

Says Richard Wilson, James Fisher's country manager for Brazil.

The trans-shipment area is 50 nautical miles off the coast of Brazil, near Santos, close to the Libra oil wells in the Santos Basin.

Fendercare Marine has incorporated a new company in Brazil – Fendercare Servicos Marinhos do Brasil Ltda which will provide lightering services to customers in Brazil, many of which work with Fendercare Marine in other parts of the world, such as Aruba and Singapore.