With greater than 355 million tons dealt with final yr, the export of Brazilian iron ore has been consolidating as an necessary marketplace for harbour towage. Wilson Sons, the nation’s largest built-in port and maritime logistics operator, carried out greater than 7,000 manoeuvres associated to the section in 2021 and sees within the iron ore market a chance to increase the Towage enterprise unit.
As we speak, Wilson Sons operates within the ports of Ponta da Madeira (Maranhão), Açu (Rio de Janeiro), Itaguaí (Rio de Janeiro) and Tubarão (Espírito Santo), the principle ports for the export of the commodity. The primary vacation spot is China, which imports greater than 70% of the overall Brazilian iron ore, and different Asian nations, resembling Japan and Korea.
The sector ought to proceed to develop within the quick and medium time period. The estimate is that, from the second quarter of 2022, the resumption of the Chinese language financial system will increase demand for Brazilian iron ore, along with the completion, within the coming years, of tasks resembling the development of recent terminals for the export of this cargo, primarily within the Northeast. “With the upper demand for the product, the variety of vessel calls can even improve,” says Elísio Dourado, business director of the Towage division.
In line with him, Wilson Sons has been finding out market traits with the intention to make its tug fleet prepared within the quick, medium, and long run. “We’re finishing up a plan that seeks to satisfy the quantity of cargo and ships within the coming years, reconciling our fleet and the development of recent tugboats with info on tasks, cargo quantity and even attainable will increase within the measurement of ships in some terminals,” he says.
Security and sustainability
The priority to make the iron ore manufacturing chain extra environment friendly and sustainable has additionally required the towage operators to adapt. Ships that transport bulk cargoes, resembling iron ore, are massive and have particular operational wants – requiring, on common, 4 excessive powered tugs for berthing and unberthing.
With a fleet of 80 tugboats, the biggest within the nation, Wilson Sons is investing in additional sustainable and high-powered property, along with providing customised options for every buyer. Throughout this yr, the corporate will obtain new IMO Tier III tugboats that are able to decreasing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission ranges by greater than 75%.
As well as, the Towage unit has its personal Operations Centre (COR). Situated in Santos (SP), the COR works 24/7, monitoring all enterprise operations in actual time by way of the AIS (Computerized Identification System) antenna community. “COR has made our navigation safer and is key within the development of operational methods, along with avoiding pointless displacements, decreasing the emission of pollution,” says Elísio.
The Towage enterprise unit additionally has in its construction the Maritime Coaching Centre (CAMWS) the place periodic coaching of crews and particular tasks of consumers and different events are carried out. CAMWS has its personal manoeuvre simulator, able to simulating totally different operational situations.
“These differentials are essential in guaranteeing the effectivity of complicated operations. No marvel Wilson Sons’ Towage enterprise unit is a reference in harbour towage, along with having world-class standing in security, primarily based on requirements outlined by Du Pont, a reference in consultancy within the sector,” concludes the director.
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