Frequent Questions


Perguntas Frequentes - Portuário

1. How are container terminal concessions granted in Brazil? How many concessions does Wilson Sons have?

The concession of container terminals 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 container terminal concessions:

● Rio Grande Container Terminal (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
● Salvador Container Terminal (Bahia, Brazil)

2. Have the Company’s container terminal already signed the anticipated contract renewal? What is the final year of the 2nd period of each contract?
  • Rio Grande Container Terminal: Tecon Rio Grande S.A. lease agreement was signed with Rio Grande Port Authority (“SUPRG”) on 3 February 1997 for a period of 25 years renewable for a further 25 years. In view of the compliance with the contractual requirements and advanced investments in the expansion works of the terminal, construction of a third berth of docking and of the annual volume handled together with other considerations, Rio Grande Container Terminal was granted the right to renew the lease as set forth in the first amendment to the lease agreement signed on 7 March 2006. The extension of the contract is assured, provided that the Federal Government renews the delegation of the Port of Rio Grande to SUPRG, thus maintaining the management at a state level.


  • Salvador Container Terminal: Tecon Salvador S.A. lease agreement was signed with Bahia Port Authority (“CODEBA”) on 14 March 2000 for a period of 25 years renewable for a further 25 years. On 16 November 2016 Salvador Container Terminal signed the second amendment to the lease agreement which extended the lease term for an additional period of 25 years until March 2050, and established the Company’s commitment to carry out maintenance and expansion investments until the end of the lease.

In April 2020 we completed the civil works to extend the principal quay to 800 meters in length, allowing the simultaneous berthing of two super-post-Panamax ships, facilitating access to the port and the largest economy in the north-east of Brazil. In May 2020 we received three STS quay cranes and three RTG yard cranes as planned in the expansion project, as well as two RTGs to replace older equipment. Operations on the new berth are expected to start in the second half of 2020, after installing the new STSs.

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


Illustrative image of the Salvador terminal after completion of the 2nd 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 Salvador Container Terminal and the main ports in the north-east of Brazil?
  • Pecém (CE): 1,257 km
  • Fortaleza (CE): 1,208 km
  • Natal (RN): 1,098 km
  • Suape (PE): 785 km
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 are the services provided by the Offhore Support Base division?

Pioneers in the segment of private offshore support bases and almost 20 years of experience, we develop integrated logistics solutions to support oil exploration and production activities throughout the Brazilian coast. Widely renowned for our excellence in HSE and operational performance we have 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.

We own and operate 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. We also have a storage site in Guaxindiba (Rio de Janeiro) 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 logistics centre? 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.

We offer 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.

We have 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.

Perguntas Frequentes - Marítimo

11. 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. Examples of types of OSVs are PSVs (Platform Supply Vessels), TSs (Tug Supply Vessels), AHTSs (Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels), OSRVs (Oil Spill Recovery Vessels), among others.

12. What are tugboats?

Tugboats are vessels projected to push, pull, and tow any other type of vessel (from barges to containerships) in complex manoeuvres, such as berthing and un-berthing. Tugboats are usually small in size with powerful propulsion and exceptional manoeuverability.

13. What types of vessels can be built at Wilson Sons shipyards?

Located in the Port of Santos (São Paulo), our 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, our 39,000-square-metre shipyard complex has a steel processing capacity of 10,000 tonnes per year.

With more than 135 vessels delivered in the last 30 years (10 buoy tenders and numerous aluminium speedboats to the Brazilian Navy), our portfolio includes tugboats, platform supply vessels (“PSVs”), oil spill response vessels (“OSRVs”), remotely operated vehicle supply vessels (“ROVSVs”), buoy vessels, patrol boats, among others.

14. What are towage special operations?
  • Salvage support
  • Support to Offshore
  • Ocean towage
  • Support to platform and FPSO construction
  • Support to LNG terminals
15. What is the Merchant Marine Fund (FMM)? Where do its resources come from?

Created by Law 3.381/58, the purpose of the Merchant Marine Fund (FMM) is to promote the renewal, expansion, and replacement of the Brazilian merchant fleet, and to support the development of the naval industry in the country. The FMM’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.

16. 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.

17. 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.