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Maersk Brasil (Brasmar) Ltda. orders offshore support vessels in Brasil. 
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Maersk Brasil (Brasmar) Ltda has signed a newbuilding contract with Fels Setal S.A./Brasfels Yard with facilities in Angra dos Reis - Rio de Janeiro State for construction of up to four large modern Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) with a deadweight of 4,500 ts. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in July 2005.

These are the largest PSVs so far ordered for construction in Brazil.

The vessels will be built for registration under the Brazilian flag and fully manned with Brazilian officers and ratings.

The construction will be for world-wide trading and in line with the very high internal shipbuilding standards, fitted with the latest technology in navigation, dynamic positioning and cargo handling equipment.

The newbuildings are expected to be financed locally in Brazil via BNDES, after having received due priority from the Department of Merchant Marine (DMM).

The construction of these vessels will reinstate Maersk Brasil as a Brazilian Shipowner, a position held during the period from 1981 to 1996, when Maersk Brasil owned and operated five Supply Vessels purchased from Petrobras.

“The newbuilding contract reaffirms the confidence the A.P. Moller/Maersk Group has in the development of the Brazilian offshore shipping industry, in which we have participated for more than 25 years, and in which we intend to grow.

We expect this first newbuilding experience in Brazil to be positive and also to serve as base for a possible further engagement in newbuilding projects in Brazil” says Mr Viggo Andersen, Managing Director, Maersk Brasil.

For further information please contact:
Viggo Andersen, Managing Director Maersk Brasil, phone +55 21 3981 1018.


Maersk Brasil, established in 1977, a company in the Danish A.P. Moller/Maersk Group, in cooperation with Maersk Supply Service presently operates 10 large anchor handling tug supply vessels in Brazil on t/c to Petrobras and Shell, employing exclusively in this activity approximately 180 Brazilian seafarers.
Maersk Brasil already enjoys a well-established cooperation with the Brazilian Institutions for the Education of Brazilian Officers, CIAGA and CIABA, which will adequately prepare Brazilian seafarers for the delivery of the ordered newbuildings.

In addition to being responsible for the Brazilian activities of Maersk Supply Service Maersk Brasil also acts as agents in Brazil for the various activities of the Maersk Group, among them transport of containers (Maersk Sealand), drilling and production units (Maersk Contractors) transport of gas and oil products (Maersk Tankers), exploration for oil and gas (Maersk Oil and Gas), salvage and towage operations (SvitzerWijsmuller Group) and other services related to environmental protection.
Maersk Brasil today employs 700 people in some 20 offices in Brazil.