Wilson Sons Group is one of the largest integrated providers of port, maritime and logistics services in Brazil. With a business track record of more than 180 years, the Company has an unmatched nationwide footprint offering comprehensive solutions to support domestic and international trade activities, as well as the oil and gas industry.
The Company maintains long-lasting relationships with over two thousand active clients, including shipping companies, importers and exporters, oil and gas companies as well as other participants in more diverse sectors of the economy.
Wilson Sons’ businesses are divided in two main segments: Port & Logistics Services and Maritime Services.
Port & Logistics Services
This segment comprises two of Brazil’s main container terminals, Tecon Rio Grande and Tecon Salvador; Brasco, the Company’s oil and gas support base; and the logistics centres in Santo André (São Paulo) and Suape (Pernambuco), operating with general and bonded warehousing services.
Rio Grande Container Terminal
Located 320 km away from the city of Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state (RS), Tecon Rio Grande was the first container terminal in Brazil privatised through a public bid in 1997. Serving the main maritime lines that connect Brazil to important markets worldwide, the terminal has a total area of 735,000 square metres, 900 metres of linear quay (with three berths), 12.8 metres (42 feet) of draft, 2,352 plugs for refrigerated containers, an 18,000-square-metre warehouse, and a total handling capacity of 1.4 million TEU per annum. The equipment is state-of-the-art, including nine STS (Ship-to-Shore) quay cranes, 22 RTG (Rubber-Tyred Gantry) yard cranes, as well as the Navis N4 operating system, a global leader in terminal management.
In September 2016 the Company commenced operating Contesc, the inland navigation terminal located at the Triunfo Petrochemical Complex (RS). Currently with two river barges, Contesc has four weekly calls connecting the Northern Region of the state directly to the Port of Rio Grande.
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Salvador Container Terminal
Privatised in 2000, Tecon Salvador is located in the city of Salvador, the capital of Bahia state (BA), and 50 km away from the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex, with exclusive access to BR-324, the main federal highway linking Salvador to other Brazilian states. Serving the main maritime lines that connect Brazil to important markets worldwide, the terminal has a total area of 118,000 square metres, a principal quay with 377 metres of length and 15 metres (49 feet) of draft, a secondary quay with 240 metres of length and 12 metres (39 feet) of draft, 684 plugs for refrigerated containers, an 4,000-square-metre warehouse, and a total handling capacity of 435,000 TEU per annum. The equipment is state-of-the-art, including six STS (Ship-to-Shore) quay cranes, 11 RTG (Rubber-Tyred Gantry) yard cranes, as well as the Navis N4 operating system, a global leader in terminal management.
In October 2018 Tecon Salvador commenced the expansion of its principal quay from 377 metres to 800 metres, which will allow the simultaneous berthing of two super-post-Panamax ships. In December 2018 the Company signed a US$67.9 million financing agreement denominated in Brazilian Real with the Brazilian Economic and Social Development Bank (“BNDES”) for the first stage of the expansion. This investment reflects the Company’s commitment to continuous improvements in productivity and operational efficiency.
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Offshore Support Bases
Pioneer in the segment of private offshore support terminals, with almost 20 years of experience, Brasco provides integrated logistics solutions to support oil exploration and production activities throughout the Brazilian coast. Widely renowned for its excellence in HSE and operational performance, the company has provided support base services to major local and international oil operators as well as oil service companies, with over 45 projects in eight different cities.
Brasco owns two private terminals strategically located within the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), the main hub for logistics support to the Santos and Campos petroleum basins, being one in Niterói with 3 berths and another in Rio de Janeiro with 5 berths. The company also has a storage area in Guaxindiba (RJ) for drilling pipes and other equipment.
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Wilson Sons offers integrated door-to-door solutions to support domestic and international trade activities, operating with general and bonded warehousing, inventory management, distribution, transportation management and solutions for the foreign trade sector.
The Company has a logistics centre in Santo André, near Brazil’s largest metropolitan area of São Paulo, and another one located within the Suape Industrial Port Complex (Pernambuco), offering tailor-made solutions and operational excellence.
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This segment consists of Wilson Sons towage fleet, the shipyards and shipping agency services. Also part of the maritime services is our 50% joint venture, Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore (“WSUT”), offering offshore support vessels to the oil and gas industry.
Wilson Sons is the leader in Brazilian harbour and ocean towage services. With 76 tugboats the Company has the largest and most modern fleet in the country to meet the demand driven by trade flow as well as the oil and gas industry, operating in all major ports and terminals. Through the Tugboat Operations Centre (“COR”), vessels are monitored remotely in full time, providing greater safety and efficiency to operations.
In addition to harbour support, Wilson Sons also offers special services such as salvage assistance, firefighting, ocean towage, as well as support for the construction of oil platforms and offshore drilling rigs.
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Wilson Sons was established in 1837 mainly providing shipping agency services. Today, the Company is one of the largest independent agencies in the country, operating 18 branches across all major Brazilian ports, together with exclusive partners in Europe and its own office in China. It also has a strong presence in the oil and gas industry.
The shipping agency offers commercial representation for shipowners, boarding documents, equipment logistics management, scheduling of ships with regular (“liner”) and non-regular (“tramp”) calls, preparation of documents related to maritime transport, demurrage control (time required for container return), among others.
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Located in the Port of Santos (São Paulo), Wilson Sons shipyards were designed for the construction, maintenance and repair of small to medium-sized vessels mainly used for offshore and harbour support. Widely renowned for its ability to offer customised projects with on-time delivery, the combined 39,000-square-metre shipyard complex has a steel processing capacity of 10,000 tons per year.
With more than 135 vessels delivered in the last 30 years, the Company’s portfolio includes tugboats, platform supply vessels (“PSVs”), oil spill response vessel (“OSRVs”), remotely operated vehicle supply vessels (“ROVSVs”), buoy vessels, patrol boats, among others.
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Offshore Support Vessels (Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore JV)
Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore (“WSUT”), a 50% joint venture between Wilson Sons and the Chilean group Ultramar, is one of the leading providers of maritime support to oil exploration and production activities in Brazil. With 23 Brazilian-flagged offshore support vessels, WSUT has one of the largest and most modern fleets in the country.
Operating in compliance with world-class safety standards, WSUT offers logistics services such as the transportation of equipment, mud and drilling pipes, cement, food, waste, among other materials, between the port terminals and offshore platforms.
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