Petrobras announced that during a meeting held on December 3, it approved the chartering of twelve of the nineteen vessels foreseen in the program called EBN (Empresas Brasileiras de Navegação, or Brazilian Shipping Companies).
The EBN involves the chartering for fifteen years of vessels to be built by Brazilian companies in shipyards located in Brazil. The program also establishes that the vessel must sail under the Brazilian flag and remain as such throughout the term of the contract.
The twelve vessels to be contracted will be granted to the tender winners in lots, as follows:
The contracting of the remaining seven vessels foreseen under the program, four of 30,000 DWT and three of 45,000 DWT, was not approved yet.
This program is part of a set of initiatives Petrobras has undertaken to drive naval construction in Brazil. The initiative aims to reduce dependence on international maritime freights, generating jobs in Brazil and uses international cost and quality parameters as reference.
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