Working to shape a sustainable future #greenshipping

The meeting place of Norwegian Shipowners in Brazil.
Our goal is to foment coordination and foster a sustainable and profitable business environment within the country. 

Norwegian Shipowners' Association

The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association is an employer organization serving more than 160 companies in the field of Norwegian shipping and offshore contractor activities. Our members are the core and driving force within the Norwegian maritime environment. The members of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association employ more than 55,000 seafarers and offshore workers from more than 50 different nations.

News & events

The ESG agenda and the maritime shipping industry – a Norwegian and Brazilian perspective

On the occasion of ABRAN´s year-end meeting an online ESG session will be held to discuss premising topics related to the ESG agenda for the maritime shipping sector, from a Norwegian and Brazilian perspectives. The event will be held with Teams, by invitation only.

On the occasion of ABRAN´s year-end meeting an online ESG session will be held to discuss premising topics related to the ESG agenda for the maritime shipping sector, from a Norwegian and Brazilian perspectives.

The event will be held with Teams, by invitation only.

The 5th edition of the Brazil x Norway seminar was a great success

The 5th edition of the Brazil x Norway seminar was a great success, gathering the main stakeholders of the energy, maritime and port sector at FGV on the 27th of September. The event was organized by ABRAN in cooperation with FGV Direito Rio and Royal General Consulate of Norway in Rio and this time the theme was “The green transformation and its regulatory impacts on the energy, shipping and port sectors”.

The 5th edition of the Brazil x Norway seminar was a great success, gathering the main stakeholders of the energy, maritime and port sector at FGV on the 27th of September. The event was organized by ABRAN in cooperation with FGV Direito Rio and Royal General Consulate of Norway in Rio and this time the theme was “The green transformation and its regulatory impacts on the energy, shipping and port sectors”.

The Director of FGV Law School Rio, Professor Sergio Guerra, opened the seminar pointing out the key role of the school on developing research, in its Master and PHD programs, focusing on concrete challenges of the regulation in Brazil.  According to Professor Guerra, the school created several initiatives and platforms to improve the knowledge of regulation in the country.

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The President of ABRAN, Felipe Meira, Managing Director of Solstad in Brazil, addressed in his presentation the great potential of Brazil towards the energy transition and the important role of the Norwegian shipowners in the country. Mr. Meira also highlighted the strong commitment of the Norwegian shipowners towards the zero-emission pathway and the role of ABRAN to present a forward-looking agenda in the country, strengthening the relationship between Brazil and Norway.

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The Ambassador of Norway to Brazil, Odd Magne Rudd, presented the strategy of Norway towards the green transition, including the green shipping agenda. H.E. Ambassador Rudd also presented several initiatives undertaken by Norway to decarbonize the maritime industry, including electrification of ferries and the adoption of new technologies.

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The industry session was headlined by the most important stakeholders of the energy, maritime and port sectors, including the National Secretary of Ports, Mr. Mario Povia, Director General of ANTAQ, Eduardo Nery, Director General of ANP, Admiral Rodolfo Saboia and Executive Manager of Petrobras Marina Barbosa.

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The presentations and discussions moderated buy by Ms. Camila Mendes Vianna, partner of Kincaid Law Firm and member of the Maritime and Port committee of OAB-RJ and Paulo Jucá, Partner of FCDG and coordinator of the regulatory committee of Ports from FGV highlighted that the green transition is high on the agenda from Government and Private sector, which according to the participants will unlock great opportunities for the countries.

V Seminar Brazil x Norway – The green transformation and its regulatory impacts on the energy, shipping and port sectors

Acknowledging the strong bilateral ties between Brazil and Norway, the Norwegian Shipowners´ Association Brazil (ABRAN), together with the Law School Rio of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV Direito Rio), and with the Royal Norwegian General Consulate in Rio presents the V Seminar Brazil x Norway - The green transformation and its regulatory impacts on the energy, maritime and port sectors.

The seminar will be held on 27th September 2022, 08:30 – 12:30, at the FGV auditorium, located at Praia de Botafogo nr. 190, 12th floor. The traditional event is attended by government authorities, entrepreneurs, executives, and members of the academy, both Brazilians and Norwegians. Detail program and registration at: https://direitorio.fgv.br/eventos/v-seminario-brasil-x-noruega-transformacao-verde-e-os-reflexos-regulatorios-nos-setores-de

The 2022 edition of Brazil@Nor-Shipping was really exciting!

Brazil, for the 4th consecutive time, headlined the main Nor-Shipping event with a dedicated agenda, organized by ABRAN/NSA, focused on current and upcoming business opportunities in the offshore and maritime shipping industry.

After more than two years of social restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic, Nor-Shipping weeklong program, 4th to 7th April, in Lillestrøm and Oslo, provided to be the perfect arena to reflect on trends and challenges of the world and discuss premising topics of the global offshore and maritime shipping industry, at the same time allowing intense social interaction among key players of the industry.

Brazil, for the 4th consecutive time, headlined the main event with a dedicated agenda organized by ABRAN/NSA focus on current and upcoming business opportunities. The Brazilian delegation was formed by business leaders, authorities and stakeholders from different sectors, including the Brazilian Ambassador, H.E. Mr. ENIO CORDEIRO, Director General of Navigation, Fleet Admiral WLADMILSON BORGES, Director General of National Regulatory Agency of Petroleum – ANP, Rear Admiral (Ret.) RODOLFO SABOIA, Director General of National Regulatory Agency for Waterways Transport and Ports – ANTAQ, Mr. EDUARDO NERY, Director of Ports and Coasts, Vice Admiral SERGIO SALGUERINHO, President of Maritime Court, Vice Admiral (Ret.) WILSON LIMA FILHO, Deputy Secretary of Climate and International Affairs, Mr. MARCELO DONINNI FREIRE, Director of Infrastructure Development, Mr. RAFAEL FURTADO, Head of Ports and Offshore installation licensing from IBAMA, Ms. ROBERTA COX, CEO of Brazilian Association of Wind power – ABEEOLICA, Ms. ELBIA GANNOUM, General Manager of Petrobras Suppliers relationship, Mr. MARCELO PEREIRA, General Manager Petrobras Subsea Operations, Mr. MARCUS ARAÚJO, Head of Supply Chain of Equinor Brazil, Mr. RAFAEL TRISTÃO and many others representatives from the industry.

Blue Economy sessions

The weeklong program started with – The Ocean Leadership Conference – opened by the speech of Mr. Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy. The conference was built around the theme #ACTION and showcased concrete examples of actions companies have taken to manage existing challenges and explore innovative ways companies can build more resilient, profitable, and environmentally responsible business models to survive and thrive.

The Brazil@Nor-Shipping seminar, in Lillestrøm, was attended by more than 100 people and was opened by Mr. FELIPE MEIRA, President of ABRAN, The Norwegian Shipowners Association in Brazil, welcoming all participants and highlighting the devastating impacts of the corona pandemic, in Brazil and Norway, “with tragic losses and economic burden being felt until today”.

Mr. Meira also pointed out that “the astonish Russia invasion on Ukraine aggravated the already challenging economic and geopolitical landscape, bringing back vivid memories from the Second World War, with the shelling, curfews, and underground shelters.” 

President of ABRAN, Mr. Felipe Meira

According to Mr. Meira “The global maritime and offshore shipping industry proved to be resilient during these challenging times, keeping the flow of international trade and services.”  And emphasized that “We shall recognize the essential role of seafarers, keyworkers, who were heavily affected by disruptions on flights and road transportation, connected to social restrictions.”

Following the President of ABRAN opening speech, CEO of NSA, Mr. Harald Solberg addressed the audience recognizing the strategic importance of Brazil to the Norwegian Shipowners, presenting some impressive figures demonstrating the Norwegian investments in Brazil, especially in the offshore and maritime industry. According to Mr. Solberg, “Nowadays, the level of Norwegian accumulated direct investments in Brazil, without asset transfer, exceeds 32.5 billion of USD, according to the latest investment report, creating thousands of job opportunities and positive impact for the Brazilian society. Most of the largest Norwegian companies are present in Brazil with significant and long-term investments.”

Mr. Solberg also mentioned that “According to the latest NSA Maritime Outlook Report, Brazil is the most important market, outside the North Sea, for Norwegian shipowners from the offshore segment, and is also one of the main markets for deep sea and drilling rig sectors. The country recently approved a new Decree outlining the legal and regulatory framework for the offshore wind sector and also passed a new Law for the cabotage, which we hope will increase the presence of Norwegian shipowners in the country.”

CEO of NSA, Mr. Harald Solberg

Norwegian Deputy Minister, from the Ministry of Trade Industry and Fisheries, Ms. JANICKE ANDREASSEN was invited to the stage by Mr. Harald Solberg and reflected on the long-lasting relationship between Brazil and Norway.

The conference Brazil@Nor-Shipping was built to explore the Brazilian economic and market outlook, its business opportunities, concrete actions towards the target of zero emission, and the potential to strengthening partnership with Norwegian Ocean industry´s players to foster a sustainable market environment, in both countries.

During the week, the Brazilian delegation visited the exhibition hall and could witness the great variety of technologies currently available to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in the maritime industry. Also, the Brazilian delegation followed a very busy schedule of bilateral meetings, seminars, and social network events.

The Brazilian Ambassador, Mr. Enio Cordeiro welcomed the Brazilian delegation, on his official residence offering great and additional opportunity to strengthening ties of friendship and mutual knowledge between Brazilian and Norwegian stakeholders.

According to Mr. RICARDO FERNANDES, the Executive Director of ABRAN, Brazil@Nor-Shipping 2022 was, by far, the most challenging edition to plan and organize, but the event exceeded all expectations, with attractive topics and a very special delegation, the event promoted great interaction between Brazilian and Norwegian stakeholders, reflecting on current and upcoming business opportunities and strengthening ties of partnership between the two countries.

For 2023, according to Mr. Fernandes, the new dates for Brazil@Nor-Shipping are already set, 5th to 8th June, and ABRAN/NSA will once more engage with its partners to plan and organize a great event!

About ABRAN

Our Mission

ABRAN’s mission statement is: To represent NSA, coordinate and defend interests of its members in Brazil

Our vision

To be recognized in the next 10 years as trustful and reliable organization representing NSA, coordinating and defending interests of its members with integrity and responsibility, fostering a sustainable and profitable Brazilian business environment

Our core values

Integrity, responsibility, safety, competence and leadership.

Join ABRAN

How to become a member: All members of The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) are eligible to become a member just submitting request for information to admission@abran.org; other candidates shall also send e-mail to the very same address, follow instructions until final decision of the Board of Directors.

Why to become a member: ABRAN offers direct access to Norwegian shipowners’ community and its strong network, sharing best practices and engaging your company in the most relevant topics of the sector. The association works as a meeting place in Brazil addressing concrete issues thru active participation of its members at working groups and committees. ABRAN is part of Team Norway in Brazil a strong community formed by Royal Norwegian Embassy, Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Rio, Innovation Norway, Norwegian Energy Partners – Norwep, Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce – NBCC, Research Council and Seafood Council. ABRAN organizes high impact events, during the year, to promote its agenda and Brazil@Nor- Shipping (Oslo) is the most important.