Frequent Questions


Port & Logistics Services

Perguntas Frequentes - Portuário

1. How are Port Terminals concessions granted and how many concessions does Wilson Sons have?

The concession of the organized port is always preceded by a bidding process, in accordance with Law 8.630/93 that regulates the regime of concession and permission of public services.
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. Have the Company’s terminals already signed the contract renewal? What is the duration of the 2nd period of each lease?
  • Rio Grande: the terminal was bid in February 1997 for 25 years (until 2022), renewable for the same period (until 2047). In March 2006, the Company signed an amendment with Rio Grande’s Port Authority (SUPRG), guaranteeing the option of renewing the contract, due to the investments made so far, which anticipated the contractual conditions. The extension of the contract is assured, provided that the State Government renews the concession of the Port to SUPRG, thus maintaining the management at a state level.
  • Salvador: the terminal was bid in March 2000 for 25 years (until 2025), renewable for the same period (until 2050). In November 2016, the Company signed an amendment with Bahia’s Port Authority (CODEBA), extending the contract for a further 25 years, until March 2050, and committing to invest US$ 160M (base date 2013) to expand the terminal infrastructure.

The Salvador terminal continues to show progress in the civil works to extend the principal quay from 377 metres to 800 metres, being the largest terminal expansion in the country at present and expected to facilitate the attraction of new shipping lines to the north-eastern region of Brazil (image on nov/2019). Civil works are 60% completed, check out the video.

Illustrative image of the Salvador terminal after completion of the 1st Stage of the expansion:

3. What are the main characteristics of Wilson Sons container terminals?

Rio Grande: 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.

Salvador: located 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.

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 main ports of Santa Catarina and Paraná to our Rio Grande terminal?
  • Imbituba (SC): 689 km
  • Navegantes / Itajaí (SC): 885 km
  • Paranaguá (PR): 1,128 km
6. What is the distance between the Northeast’s main ports to our Salvador terminal?
  • Pecém (CE): 1,257km
  • Fortaleza (CE): 1,208km
  • Natal (RN): 1,098km
7. How often are container terminal prices negotiated? Is there any standard pricing?

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

8. What is Brasco’s activity and which market does it operate in?

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.

9. What are the main types of industry serviced by Logistics?
  • Bonded Warehouses
  • Logistic Centres
  • Transportation
10. What is a bonded terminal? Does Wilson Sons operate any?

It is a bonded warehouse located in the secondary zone (outside the organized port). Receives the cargo still consolidated and can nationalize them immediately or work as a bonded warehouse. Therefore, the importer’s goods are stored for as long as he wishes, under a tax suspension regime, and can be nationalized in a fractional way.

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.

Maritime Services

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.