Norway's Statoil has bought 25 percent of a large Brazilian oil field from Petrobras for upwards of USD 2.9 billion. With the acquisition, the oil major almost triples its production in Brazil, says Statoil in a press release.
Global terminal operators are looking toward Brazil, which is planning to build a new port terminal. The terminal will be tendered off in 2018 and could end up in Chinese hands, predicts Alphaliner. DP World has also acquired a terminal in Santos.
Two former Brazilian presidents, Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva, have been officially charged in the bribery case concerning hundreds of millions of dollars and the country's oil company Petrobras.
Statoil has great ambitions for Brazil where the company has now bought a bigger stake in field Caraca. In the long term, Statoil wants to achieve a daily output of around 700,000 barrels per day in Brazil, reports Dagens Næringsliv.
Michel Temer is facing mounting pressure shortly after secret recordings officially drag the president into the Petrobras scandal. He could remain in office despite minimal support from the population,
Maersk Energy is considering a sale of its Brazilian oil and gas activities, CEO Claus Hemmingsen tells Reuters. He also projects that the split of the energy unit will result in individual "stand-alone" companies, as it is difficult to locate any synergies.
Svitzer will more than double the number of tugs under Brazilian flag, so that the fleet will reach ten vessels by the end of the year. The Maersk Group's carrier is also expanding its Brazilian business, which has secured two new execs.
Norwegian offshore carrier DOF has just taken over a contract with Petrobas in Brazil, which until yesterday belonged to Subsea 7. The contract termination will generate a USD 106 million loss for Subsea 7.
Brazilian miner Vale inaugurated the largest project ever in the mining industry over the weekend. The mine, Eliezer Batista, represents combined investments of more than USD 14 billion and is expected to commence operations in January 2017.
Australia and Brazil, the world's two top iron-ore exporters, will add close to 100 million tons to their supply over the next ten years in a development that looks set to put pressure on the prices, and thus smaller miners, notes Citigroup Inc.
On Sunday, a political majority in Brazil could vote to impeach the country's president, Dilma Roussef. ShippingWatch has spoken to several key players in the country's oil capital Rio de Janeiro about whether the political collapse also marks a final blow to the once-promising oil nation.
Rates for incoming container routes to Brazil are so low and costly for carriers that in the long-term they could pose a threat to the country's export growth, says Maersk Line's Managing Director for South America.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), Eukor Car Carriers, and Höegh Autoliners will all be investigated by Brazilian competition authorities under the suspicion of possible price fixing and cartel activity.