Corporate Profile

Wilson Sons is the largest integrated provider of port and maritime logistics in Brazil. With a business track record of more than 180 years, the Company has a dominant nationwide footprint offering comprehensive solutions to support domestic and international trade, as well as the oil and gas industry.

The Group maintains enduring relationships with over 2,000 active clients, including shipping lines, importers and exporters, oil and gas companies as well as other participants in several sectors of the economy.

 

CONTAINER TERMINALS

Rio Grande Container Terminal

Located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the largest economy in the south of Brazil, the Rio Grande Container Terminal was the first terminal in Brazil to be privatised through a public bid in 1997. Serving the main maritime lines that connect Brazil to all major markets worldwide, Rio Grande is the only dedicated container terminal in the state. The terminal currently 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 year. 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 Wilson Sons commenced operating the Santa Clara Container Terminal, an inland navigation terminal located at the Triunfo Petrochemical Complex. Currently with two river barges, the terminal 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, the Salvador Container Terminal is located in the state of Bahia, the largest economy in the north-east of Brazil. Serving the main maritime lines that connect Brazil to all major markets worldwide, Salvador is the only dedicated container terminal in the state. The terminal currently has a total area of 118,000 square metres, a principal quay with 800 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, 674 plugs for refrigerated containers, an 4,000-square-metre warehouse, and a total handling capacity of 553,000 TEU per year. The equipment is state-of-the-art, including nine STS (Ship-to-Shore) quay cranes, 14 RTG (Rubber-Tyred Gantry) yard cranes, as well as the Navis N4 operating system, a global leader in terminal management.

In March 2020 Wilson Sons concluded a US$110 million expansion project in Salvador to extend the terminal’s principal quay to 800 metres, allowing the simultaneous berthing of two super-post-Panamax ships. 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 bases and almost 20 years of experience, Wilson Sons 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.

The Group owns and operates two private bases strategically located within the Guanabara Bay, 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 (Rio de Janeiro) for drilling pipes and other equipment.

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LOGISTICS

Logistics Centres

Wilson Sons offers integrated door-to-door solutions to support domestic and international trade, 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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International Logistics

Allink Neutral Provider, in which Wilson Sons has a 50% controlling stake, is a Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (“NVOCC”) specialised in international logistics for maritime and air cargo. With over 25 years of experience and presence in all major Brazilian ports, Allink is the only Brazilian NVOCC that has a partnership with the Worldwide Alliance offering over 8,000 weekly services to main global destinations.

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TOWAGE

Wilson Sons is the leader in Brazilian towage services. With 75 tugboats the Company has the largest and most modern fleet in the country to support domestic and international trade as well as the oil and gas industry, operating in all major ports and terminals. All vessels are remotely monitored 24/7 through the Tugboat Operations Centre (“COR”), providing greater safety and efficiency to operations.

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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SHIPPING AGENCY

Wilson Sons was established in 1837 mainly providing shipping agency services. The Company is the largest independent agency 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 Group 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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SHIPYARDS

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 (10 projects to the Brazilian Navy), the Company’s portfolio includes tugboats, platform supply vessels (“PSVs”), oil spill response vessels (“OSRVs”), remotely operated vehicle supply vessels (“ROVSVs”), buoy vessels, patrol boats, among others.

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OFFSHORE SUPPORT VESSELS

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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