Frequent Questions


Port and Logistic System

Perguntas Frequentes - Portuário

1. How are Port Terminal concessions granted and how many concessions do Wilson Sons have?

Law 8630/93, known as the Law for Modernization of Ports, led to a number of changes in the sector, including port privatization, whereby private companies were allowed to operate terminals at organized ports in Brazil.
Wilson, Sons currently has two port terminal concessions:
● Container Terminal in Rio Grande, RS (Tecon Rio Grande)
● Container Terminal in Salvador, BA (Tecon Salvador)

2. How long will Wilson Sons operate these concessions?

Concessions to operate container terminals in Brazil are granted for 25 years renewable for a further 25 years

  • Tecon Rio Grande: began operations in 1997
  • Tecon Salvador: began operations in 2000
3. What are the main characteristics of Wilson Sons container terminals?

Tecon Rio Grande: located 320 kilometers from Porto Alegre (RS), with 900 meters of berth extension, 13 meters of depth, and 1.6 million TEUs/year capacity, Tecon Rio Grande is one of the few port terminals on the Brazilian coast that is capable of berthing vessels of 6,100 TEUs simultaneously. Tobacco, frozen chicken and beef, and resins are responsible for the majority of the exported cargo.
Tecon Salvador: located within the urban perimeter of Salvador (BA), it has a total area of 118,000 square meters, 2 berths with 377 e 240 meters, and depth of 15 and 12 meters, respectively. The terminal has the capacity to handle 433,000 TEU per year. Tecon Salvador also has an additional retro-area close to the port with 100k square meters that is used to store empty containers. Chemical and petro-chemical products, paper and cellulose, fruits, tires and steel and metallurgy are the main handle cargo in this terminal.

4. What do deep-sea, cabotage, inland navigation, transshipment and shifting mean?
  • Deep-sea: transport of cargo to and from foreign ports
  • Cabotage: transport of cargo taken on at one point and discharged at another point within the territory of the same country.
  • Inland Navigation: transport with ships via inland water (canals, rivers etc.) between inland ports or quays and wharfs.
  • Transshipment: to transfer for further transportation from one ship or conveyance to another.
  • Shifting: shifting/lifting of container within terminal/depot or at vessel at shipper request due to container rework, holding/cancel shipment, change of vessel, change of destination, etc.
5. What is the distance between the ports of Santa Catarina, Paraná and Tecon Rio Grande?

● Imbituba: 689 km
● Navegantes / Itajaí: 885 km
● Paranaguá: 1.128 km

6. How often are container terminal prices negotiated with shipowners?

Prices are negotiated usually on a yearly basis and individually with each shipowner.

7. What is Brasco’s activity and which market does it serve?

Brasco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wilson, Sons, operates integrated logistic terminals that support the Oil & Gas industry. It currently has bases in Niterói (RJ), Cajú (RJ), Guaxindiba (RJ), Vitória (ES) and São Luís (MA)

8. What are the main types of industry serviced by Wilson Sons Logistics?
  • Bonded Warehouses
  • Logistic Centres
  • Transportation
9. What is Bonded Warehouses?

Bonded Warehouses are customs clearance warehouses, secondary custom zones established in regions where there is great importation and exportation movements. They make it possible to clear the goods before getting to primary custom zones (ports, airports, borders) when exporting and to clear imported goods outside the primary custom zones. As such, Bonded Warehouses can store imported goods for extended periods of time and nationalize them at the importer’s discretion.

Located within the Logistics Hub of Santo André, state of São Paulo, Wilson Sons operates one of the biggest customs clearance warehouse in Brazil, with a total area of 92K square meters.


Maritime System

Perguntas Frequentes - Marítimo

1. What are OSVs (Offshore Support Vessels)?

Offshore Support Vessels are designed for support service to offshore installations (rigs or platforms) such as in the transport of materials, waste, and equipment. Assignment of this notation requires compliance to specific requirements for liquid cargo systems, dry bulk systems, side shell, frames, stability, and cargo decks. Examples of types of OSVs are PSV (Platform Supply Vessels), TS (Tug Supply vessels), AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels), OSRV (Oil Spill Recovery Vessels), among others.

2. What are tugboats?

Tugboats are vessels projected to push, pull, and tow any other type of vessel (from barges to containerships) in complex maneuvers, such as berthing and un-berthing. Tugboats are usually small in size, with high brake horsepower and exceptional maneuverability.

3. What types of vessel can Wilson Sons Shipyards construct?

The Shipyard complex is designed for the construction and maintenance of small and medium sized vessels, mainly for the offshore and port terminal industries, such as: tugboats, PSVs, AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels), ROVSV (Remotely Operated Vehicle Support Vessels) and OSRV (Oil Spill Recovery Vessels).

4. What are towage special operations?
  • Salvage support
  • Support to Offshore
  • Ocean towage
  • Support to platform and FPSO construction
  • Support to LNG terminals
5. What is the “Fundo da Marinha Mercante” (FMM)?

Created by Law 3.381/58, the FMM’s purpose is to promote the renewal, expansion, and replacement of the national merchant fleet, and to support the development of the naval industry in Brazil. The Merchant Navy Fund’s resources come from fees charged in the customs clearance process, money budgeted by the General Budget of the Union, and interest, commissions, and other revenues resulting from the investment of the Fund’s resources.

6. Who is Ultratug that have a 50% share in the Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore vessel joint venture?

The Ultratug Group is a subsidiary of the Ultramar Group, based in Chile, and it is comprised of the following divisions (for more information, visit

  • Ultratug: Offshore and Towage
  • Ultragas: Navigation
  • Ultramar: Shipping Agency and Port Operations
  • Ultraterra: Inland logistics

The formation of the Wilson, Sons Ultratug Offshore joint venture combined the experience of Ultratug in operating OSVs (Offshore Supply Vessels) such as AHTS vessels and Wilson, Sons expertise in the Brazilian domestic industry. The joint venture will facilitate growth and scale and provides a long term capital structure with which to take advantage of the growth in this sector.

7. Is Wilson, Sons Shipyard part of the Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore joint venture?

No, Wilson Sons Shipyards is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wilson Sons.