Corporate Profile

Wilson Sons is one of the largest port, maritime and logistics operators in Brazil offering specialised solutions in the areas of port terminals, maritime towage, offshore support vessels, logistics, shipyards, and shipping agency. The Company maintains long-lasting relationships with over two thousand active clients including shipping companies, importers, exporters, oil and gas companies as well as other participants in more diverse sectors of the economy such as food, pharmaceuticals, paper and cellulose, steel and petrochemicals.

Wilson Sons is a publicly listed company that is headquartered in Bermuda. Its shares have been listed on the B3 (ex-BM&FBovespa) exchange through Brazilian Depository Receipts (BDRs) since 2007. It is controlled by Ocean Wilson Holdings Limited, which is also a publicly listed company, and has been traded on the London Stock Exchange for over one hundred years.

Wilson Sons‘ Brazilian businesses includes two main segments Port & Logistics, and Maritime Services. Through these businesses the Company focuses on two growth drivers: trade flow and the oil & gas industry.

Port and Logistics

This segment comprises Wilson Sons Terminals and Wilson Sons Logistics. Wilson Sons Terminals comprises two of Brazil’s main container terminals, Tecon Rio Grande and Tecon Salvador, and Brasco, the Company’s oil and gas support base. Wilson Sons Logistics includes a logistics centre in Itapevi, SP, a logistics centre in Suape, PE, and bonded warehouses, in Santo Andre, SP and in Suape, PE.

Wilson Sons Terminals

Tecon Rio Grande

Wilson Sons has contributed to the creation of a new panorama for this segment, operating the Tecon Rio Grande unit since 1997 with the first publicly bid privatisation of a container terminal in the country. Tecon Rio Grande is located in Rio Grande, RS, 320km (200 miles) from Porto Alegre, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The terminal has a total area of 670,000 square metres and 900 metres of continuous berth, with draught of 42 feet (15m) and an annual capacity of 1.035 million TEUs. The equipment is of the highest technology available, including the presence of six Post-Panamax STS (ship-to-shore) cranes and 14 Rubber-Tyre Gantry (RTG) cranes, not to mention 2,800 sockets for refrigerated containers. The terminal operates using road, waterway and rail transport connections. During 2015, the terminal served ships moving 742,961 TEUs.

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Tecon Salvador

Operated by Wilson Sons since 2000, Tecon Salvador moved 292,206 TEUs in 2015. After the inauguration of the terminal’s expansion, in November 2012, the terminal possesses 118,000 square metres of area, with a principle berth of 377 metres and 15 metres of draft, and a secondary berth of 240 metres in length with 12 metres of draft dedicated to cabotage and project cargo. The terminal also has three ship-to-shore cranes of the Super Post Panamax type, and another three Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, as well as eight RTGs, of which six are fully electric.

This terminal offers services such as container movement, storage of empty containers, container packing and unpacking, as well as project cargo with special sizes or weights. Since the start, the Company has made constant investment in the acquisition of new equipment, infrastructure, information systems and training. Due to the investments completed, the terminal is able to receive some of the world’s largest container ships.

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Founded in 1999, Brasco is one of the largest private port terminals devoted to upstream support of the oil and gas industry in Brazil. Its two units, in Niterói and Rio de Janeiro, are strategically located within Guanabara Bay, and have the capacity to support activities in the Campos and Santos petroleum basins. In addition, Brasco has the experience and has qualified personnel for the establishment of bases along the whole of the Brazilian and South American coastline, having already operated in São Luís (Maranhão), Belém (Pará), Salvador (Bahia), Fortaleza (Ceará) and Vitória (Espírito Santo).

Brasco´s operations include storage and handling of supplies for maritime platforms, including parts, equipment, drilling mud, cement, chemical products, food and water. The oil and gas support bases also offer aggregated services for the industry, including equipment and personnel. In addition, the O&G base receives, processes, separates and disposes of residues from oil and gas platforms through the residue collection centre.

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Wilson Sons Logistics

Wilson Sons Logistics has its business model based on the development of integrated logistics solutions for each client segment. The Company is active in the areas of bonded warehousing and general operations, stock management, distribution, transport management, and solutions for foreign trade.

Wilson Sons Logistics manages EADI Santo André, which is the largest dry port in São Paulo, operating in full integration with the Logistic Centre at Itapevi and transport options. EADI Suape also operates integrated solutions, with the Logistic Centre and transport options.

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Maritime Services

The maritime services segment consists of Wilson Sons Towage, Shipyard, and Shipping Agency. Also part of the maritime services is our 50% Joint Venture, Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore Vessels, that offers support to the oil and gas exploration and production platforms. Wilson Sons Towage

Wilson Sons Towage has the largest and most modern fleet of tugboats in Brazil. Over 86% of the fleet have azimuth propulsion with superior manoeuvrability, safety and speed to operations. Wilson Sons Towage is the market leader in the segment of harbour manoeuvres in Brazil, and is active in port and ocean towage services.

The company has over 70 tugboats and the construction of new tugboats is part of the strategy to increase and renovate the fleet to serve the demand driven by growth in the oil and gas industry and trade flow. In addition to towing services, the business offers special operations, including salvage, fire fighting, ocean towage, support to the construction of platforms and FPSOs (floating production, storage and offloading vessels).

In 2015, one new tugboat, WS Titan, was launched and five additional vessels are scheduled in 2016. The Towage business enjoys funding through the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES), and Banco do Brasil, as agents for the Merchant Marine Fund (FMM), with attractive interest rates and extended amortization.

Wilson Sons Shipyards

Located in Guarujá (SP), the combined 39,000 square metre shipyard complex is designed for the construction, maintenance and repair of small and medium sized vessels, mainly for the offshore and port support. The Guarujá Shipyards are strategically located close to the Santos (SP) and Campos (RJ) oil basins, two of Brazil’s most important.

With the conclusion of the Guarujá II expansion works, in April 2013, the capacity more than doubled from 4,500 tons of steel processing per year to 10,000 tons per year. The shipyards currently count on an orderbook of five tugboats for Wilson Sons Tugboats and three Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs) being, one Oil Spill Recovery Vessel (OSRV) for OceanPact, two Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) for Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore and the completion of one Oil Spill Recovery Vessel (OSRV) for SIEM Consub. Post year end, third parties signed contracts for two additional tugboats to be constructed in our shipyards with options for a further four vessels.

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Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore Vessel Joint Venture

Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore (WSUT) has one of the largest and most modern fleets of Brazilian flag offshore support vessels. The WSUT vessels provide maritime support to platforms for the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The main activity of the vessels is that of supporting the logistics and supply of equipment and other products such as drilling mud, pipes, food, cement, residues, and other materials between offshore platforms and support bases.

For 2016, WSUT will receive two PSV´s of 3,500 deadweight tons being built by an international shipyard, together with 2 other PSVs of 5,000 deadweight tons that already have operating contracts and are being built in the Wilson Sons Guaruja Shipyard.

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Wilson Sons Agency

Wilson Sons Agency began operations in 1837 as the Company’s first business. It is the largest independent shipping agency in the country, operating in Brazil’s main ports. It provides services and commercial representation for shipowners, and has exclusive representatives in Europe and the U.S. in addition to the Company´s own office in Shanghai, China.

Shipping Agency manages equipment logistics, boarding documents and the scheduling of regular (liner) and non-regular (tramp) ships. Its expertise extends to preparing documents related to sea transport, logistical management of containers and demurrage (time required for container return) control.

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