The maritime support fleet in Brazilian waters closed January with 367 vessels, of which 328 were Brazilian flag and 39 were foreign flag. The quantity remained stable in relation to December 2018, when 363 vessels (324 Brazilian flag and 39 foreign flag) were in operation or available pending hiring. In all, about 31 vessels, originally of foreign flag, had their flags changed to Brazilian flag. Compared with January 2015, 138 foreign-flagged vessels were demobilized and 74 were added to the Brazilian flag. The data are contained in the January report released by the Brazilian Association of Maritime Support Companies (Abeam). The entity clarifies that, of the total, not all units are operating, because at least 70 support boats are standing waiting for a contract.
The numbers show that currently 89% of the fleet in Brazil is made up of vessels with Brazilian flag. According to the Abeam report, 48% of these vessels are PSVs and OSRVs, totaling 178 vessels. Another 19% are LH and SVs, which correspond to 69 boats. The AHTS amounted to 46 units in the period, while 25 support vessels were FSVs, 17 PLSVs and 11 RSVs.
At the end of January, the shipping company with more vessels in operation or awaiting hiring was Bram Offshore / Alfanave, with 53 units (51 Brazilian and 2 foreign), followed by CBO (33 vessels) and Starnav (32) – in these two cases all the support vessels are Brazilian flag. According to the report, Wilson Sons Ultratug had 23 of its Brazilian fleet in the period, while 22 vessels were part of the DOF / Norskan fleet, 17 of which were Brazilian and five were foreign.
Source: Portos e Navios Magazine