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Petrobras’ Productive Fact-Finding Mission to Norway Organized by ABRAN

Petrobras' recent fact-finding mission to Norway, organized by ABRAN (Associação Brasileira de Armadores Noruegueses), has concluded with great achievements. This mission marks a step towards a greener future for Brazilian maritime operations.

Petrobras’ recent fact-finding mission to Norway, organized by ABRAN (Associação Brasileira de Armadores Noruegueses), has concluded with great achievements. This mission marks a step towards a greener future for Brazilian maritime operations. The initiative facilitated important meetings between Petrobras’ team and the Norwegian shipowners’ community, as well as key maritime forums, to explore and leverage opportunities for a green transition.

A Warm Welcome in Ålesund

The mission kicked off in Ålesund, where Petrobras received a warm welcome during a breakfast meeting with the local maritime community. This gathering showcased various future-proof technologies closely linked to sector decarbonization, aligning perfectly with Petrobras’ goals as outlined in their presentation.

Exploring Bergen’s Maritime Opportunities

The second part of the mission took place at the historic headquarters of The Bergen Shipowners Association. Here, a breakfast meeting saw the maritime community engage with Petrobras, who highlighted significant business opportunities and their commitment to accelerating the green transition of its chartered fleet. Bergen’s dynamic maritime sector, renowned for its proven solutions, provided a robust platform for Petrobras’ green ambitions.

Haugesund: A Leap in Maritime Innovation

In Haugesund, the maritime cluster showcased cutting-edge technologies focused on remote operations and green shipping, marking a significant leap in maritime innovation. During breakfast meetings in both Haugesund and Oslo, the local maritime communities were excited by Petrobras’ impressive portfolio of opportunities for the industry. The week concluded at the NSA headquarters in Oslo, where Petrobras engaged in productive discussions about future business opportunities with the maritime community.

Mission Highlights

Ålesund:

  • Ulstein: Demonstrated innovative ship design capabilities, including the X-BOW® hull design, known for enhancing fuel efficiency and safety.
  • Olympic Next Ship: Presented their latest vessels equipped with state-of-the-art technology for sustainable operations.
  • Havila Group: Discussed advanced ferry services prioritizing eco-friendly solutions.
  • Kongsberg Maritime: Highlighted leading maritime automation and control systems critical for modern ship operations.

Bergen:

  • Corvus Energy: Examined cutting-edge battery solutions for hybrid and fully electric vessels, essential for reducing maritime carbon footprints.
  • Havila Polux: Explored green shipping technologies implemented on this vessel, showcasing the future of sustainable shipping.
  • DOF Group: Detailed extensive offshore services and innovative marine infrastructure projects.
  • PLUG: Presented power shoring technology, crucial for reducing emissions during docked operations.
  • Misje Flora: Celebrated the naming ceremony of this new vessel, embodying the latest in green shipping technology.

Haugesund:

  • DeepOcean: Held strategic meetings on subsea services and innovative remote operations.
  • Solstad: Toured the impressive Normand Navigator, highlighting advanced fleet management and sustainable practices.
  • SEAM Company: Visited facilities to learn about contributions to maritime digitalization and energy efficiency.

Oslo:

  • NSA Headquarters: Engaged in collaborative meetings with the maritime cluster, fostering discussions on future partnerships and business ventures.

Acknowledgments

This mission underscored the vibrant synergy between Petrobras and the Norwegian maritime sector, paving the way for innovative collaborations and sustainable advancements in maritime technology.

Exploring Opportunities for Green Transition

ABRAN's recent trip to Brasília, in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy and Team Norway, showcased the great partnership between Norway and Brazil in advancing green transition initiatives. Both sides expressed keen interest in areas such as sustainable maritime fuels, green corridors, and offshore wind energy during productive meetings with various governmental and industry representatives. The trip highlighted Brazil's commitment to decarbonization efforts and its willingness to collaborate with Norway on concrete initiatives.

ABRAN’s recent business trip to Brasília, alongside the Norwegian Embassy and Team Norway, showcased a promising collaboration between Norway and Brazil in advancing green transition initiatives. Led by representatives from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discussions centered around the potential for a future green transition agreement between the two countries. Key highlights included productive meetings with several representatives from Government, Regulatory Agencies, and Industry Associations, where both parties expressed mutual interest in areas such as sustainable maritime fuels, green corridors, offshore wind energy, among other topics. The program enabled productive engagements with stakeholders, highlighting Brazil’s commitment to decarbonization efforts and the willingness to partner with Norway on concrete initiatives.

A lunch meeting with Brazilian stakeholders at the Norwegian Embassy underscored the potential for cooperation in green energy projects, with discussions focusing on wind power generation and sustainable maritime and port infrastructure. Additionally, meetings with Ministry of Finance representatives provided insights into Brazil’s comprehensive plan for ecological transformation, outlining ambitious goals across pillars such as sustainable finance, technological development, and circular economy. Both sides explored avenues for collaboration to drive green innovation and economic growth, signaling a promising trajectory for future partnerships.

Looking ahead, ABRAN remains committed to fostering meaningful dialogue and collaboration between Norway and Brazil in the realm of green transition. As discussions progress and initiatives take shape, ABRAN stands ready to contribute expertise and resources to facilitate a successful transition towards a more sustainable future. The trip exemplified the importance of international cooperation in addressing global challenges and highlighted the potential for impactful partnerships in driving positive environmental outcomes.

ABRAN Workshop: Navigating the New Transfer Pricing Landscape

ABRAN responded proactively to recent Transfer Pricing legislation by organizing a comprehensive workshop in the first quarter of 2024, aimed at equipping its members, particularly Norwegian shipowners in Brazil, with the knowledge and strategies needed for successful adoption of the new regulations. Titled "Understanding the new Brazilian TP legal and regulatory framework – impacts for Norwegian shipowners," the workshop featured presentations from industry experts and provided practical insights into compliance methodologies and strategies for navigating challenges. Attendees engaged with representatives from leading firms and participated in interactive sessions, emphasizing the importance of proactive adaptation to regulatory changes. Through such initiatives, ABRAN continues to play a vital role in empowering its members to effectively navigate regulatory complexities and optimize their operations.

In response to the significant implications of the latest legislation concerning Transfer Pricing, the Board of ABRAN has taken proactive measures to support its members. Recognizing the necessity for a comprehensive understanding of the new framework, ABRAN organized a workshop in the first quarter of 2024. This event served as a crucial platform for reflection, discussion, and strategic planning to ensure successful adoption of the new regulations.

The workshop, titled “Understanding the new Brazilian TP legal and regulatory framework – impacts for Norwegian shipowners,” took place on the 1st of March at OSM Thome and was opened by the Consul General of Norway Mette Tangen. The agenda was carefully curated to address key aspects of the new legislation, featuring presentations from esteemed experts in the field. These sessions provided invaluable insights into the changes brought about by the new framework, practical methodologies for compliance, and strategies for navigating challenges and seizing opportunities.

Attendees had the opportunity to engage with representatives from prominent firms such as E&Y, KPMG, PWC, and DELOITTE, who shared their expertise on various aspects of Transfer Pricing. The workshop also facilitated interactive Q&A sessions, allowing participants to seek clarification and guidance on specific issues relevant to their organizations. The event concluded with closing remarks from Walker Lima, Managing Director of OSM Thome, emphasizing the importance of proactive adaptation to the evolving regulatory landscape.

Through initiatives like this workshop, ABRAN remains committed to empowering its members with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate regulatory complexities effectively. By fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and facilitating dialogue with industry experts, ABRAN continues to play a pivotal role in supporting Norwegian shipowners in Brazil.

ABRAN at OTC 2023 – decarbonization of the shipping sector

The maritime industry is at a crossroads, seeking sustainable solutions to reduce its environmental impact. During OTC 2023, Executive Director of ABRAN, Ricardo Cesar Fernandes, Downstream Executive Director from IBP, Valeria Amoroso Lima, Senior Fellow from CEBRI Rafaela Guedes and Business Development Manager from DNV Jonas Mattos joined the panel organized by Innovation Norway delving into key questions surrounding decarbonization in the marine fuels sector. Here's a glimpse of the insights shared, by ABRAN, during the session.

Charting the Course in Marine Fuels Technology

The prevailing technology in the marine fuels sector is a dynamic landscape, with multiple emerging technologies vying for dominance. From LNG to hydrogen-based fuels, biofuels, and ammonia, the sector is exploring diverse options to meet environmental regulations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Brazil can distinguish itself by leveraging its abundant natural resources for sustainable biofuel production, investing in R&D for advanced biofuels and explore other alternative fuels. Policy incentives and investments on infrastructure development are vital to positioning Brazil as a leader in sustainable marine fuels.

Meeting IMO’s Ambitions for Green Maritime

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is committed to achieving net-zero GHG emissions from international shipping by 2050. The 2023 IMO GHG Strategy outlines ambitious targets for reducing carbon intensity and increasing the uptake of zero or near-zero GHG emission technologies. The global introduction of alternative fuels, including biofuels, is integral to meeting these goals.

The Role of Brazil’s Gas Market Restructuring

The recent restructuring of Brazil’s gas market plays a crucial role in the decarbonization of the maritime sector. By providing a regulatory framework supporting LNG development, Brazil can encourage its adoption in the industry. LNG serves as a cleaner-burning bridge fuel, reducing emissions while alternative fuel infrastructures are developed.

Collaborating for Green Fuels Advancement

Brazil and Norway can collaborate to advance green fuels through knowledge exchange, joint research, and policy development. Norway’s experience in electric and hydrogen-powered ships can be useful insights for Brazil’s strategies. Workforce challenges in transitioning to green fuels necessitate proactive measures in retraining and upskilling.

Charting a Sustainable Course Together

The path to decarbonizing the maritime sector involves embracing diverse technologies, leveraging natural resources, and fostering international collaboration. Brazil and Norway’s partnership can serve as a beacon for other nations, demonstrating that a sustainable maritime future is achievable through shared knowledge, strategic policies, and innovative solutions. As the world navigates the seas of decarbonization, these insights pave the way for a cleaner and greener maritime industry.

ABRAN’s productive visit to Brasília – strengthening ties for a greener future

Fostering collaboration and advancing the decarbonization journey in maritime shipping sector, representatives of the Norwegian Shipowners´ Association Brazil (ABRAN) recently undertook a productive agenda in Brasília. ABRAN's President, Mr. Felipe Meira, accompanied by Board member Mr. Knut Øvrebø and Executive Director Mr. Ricardo Fernandes, engaged in important discussions with key stakeholders, including Secretary of Ports and Waterways Transport, Mariana Pescatori, and the Director of the National Agency of Waterway Transportation (ANTAQ), Vice-Admiral Wilson Lima Filho.

The primary focus of the meetings was to highlight the instrumental role played by Norwegian Shipowners in the global decarbonization effort and, in particular, their strong and enduring footprint in Brazil. Mr. Meira emphasized the commitment of Norwegian shipowners to sustainability and the adoption of environmentally friendly practices in line with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines.

The delegation shared insights into the roadmap adopted by the Norwegian Shipowners, outlining the strategic steps and initiatives taken to reduce carbon emissions across their fleet. Emphasizing the need for aligned policies and strategies with IMO regulations, Mr. Øvrebø highlighted the importance of a conducive business environment to attract investments into the Brazilian maritime sector and explained the concept of green corridors as good strategy.

During the visit, discussions also revolved around the association’s keen interest in the regulatory agenda and ongoing initiatives by the Brazilian government to support and enhance the maritime industry. ABRAN expressed its willingness to cooperate with the government, contributing to the formulation and execution of policies that promote sustainability and align with international standards.

The delegation also met with Norwegian Ambassador to Brazil, Odd Magne Rudd, to present market outlook, main challenges and main contributions of Norwegian shipowners to the Brazilian maritime landscape and reflect on potential collaborative efforts aimed at a more sustainable future.

The visit served as a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and the exchange of valuable insights between ABRAN and key stakeholders in Brasília. It underscored the association’s commitment to actively engage with the government and contribute to the development of a regulatory framework that encourages environmentally conscious practices and attracts investments to the Brazilian maritime sector.

As ABRAN continues to advocate for a greener maritime industry, these strategic discussions in Brasília mark a significant step towards building a sustainable, collaborative, and prosperous future for the Brazilian maritime sector, aligned with global decarbonization goals.

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs visit to Brazil

A daylong program marked the distinguished visit of the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Rio.

Exploring Synergies: ABRAN’s Vision in the Maritime Transition

In the vibrant backdrop of Copacabana Palace, in Rio de Janeiro, ABRAN’s President, Felipe Meira, took the stage as a panelist at the seminar, “The Role of Norway and Brazil in the Energy Transition.” Organized by NBCC – Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Norway, and the Consulate General of Norway in Rio, the event marked the auspicious visit of Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt, to Brazil. This gathering was not just a confluence of minds but a celebration of the deep-rooted maritime connection between Norway and Brazil.

ABRAN and Green Initiatives: A Vision Unveiled

At the heart of the discussion was the important role of Norway and Brazil in the energy transition. President Felipe Meira shared insights into The Norwegian Shipowners’ ambitious green transition goals. He delved into concrete initiatives undertaken by Solstad Offshore ASA, exemplifying strategies to reduce the carbon footprint from operations. As ABRAN’s representative, he showcased the association’s efforts in supporting Norwegian shipowners as they navigate the complexities of the Brazilian business landscape.

The Honor of Hosting Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs

A moment of immense pride for ABRAN with the opportunity to join Team Norway in hosting the distinguished Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt in her visit to Brazil. During the occasion, Ricardo Fernandes, ABRAN´s Executive Director, had the privilege of introducing ABRAN, highlighting its significant role in facilitating successful business ventures for Norwegian shipowners in Brazil. This interaction underscored ABRAN’s commitment to fostering international relationships and facilitating collaborations.

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Networking and Knowledge Exchange: A Platform for Progress

The daylong program proved to be more than an event; it was a platform for invaluable networking and knowledge exchange. Industry stalwarts and thought leaders from both Brazil and Norway engaged in discussions about energy transition, green shipping, ESG, and the plethora of business opportunities that lie ahead. This confluence of leaders reinforced the shared vision of both nations to revolutionize the maritime sector sustainably.

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Towards a Sustainable Future: Collaboration for Change

The seminar emphasized the shared commitment of maritime nations, Norway, and Brazil, to the cause of sustainability. As maritime nations with rich histories, they understand the importance of responsible practices. The collaborative efforts in energy transition and green shipping echo the potential for mutual growth and development. By working together, these nations can contribute to redefine the future of the maritime industry, setting a global standard for sustainable practices.

A Bright Future Ahead

In closing, ABRAN recognizes the immense possibilities that lie ahead. The collaborations forged and innovations pioneered during this event serve as a testament to the promising future of the maritime landscape. As ABRAN continues to strengthen these bonds, it remains dedicated to pioneering initiatives that will shape a sustainable maritime future.

Heartfelt congratulations are extended to the Consulate General, NBCC – Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, and Innovation Norway for orchestrating a remarkable event that not only showcased the synergies between Norway and Brazil but also set the stage for transformative collaborations.

At ABRAN, the journey towards a greener, more sustainable maritime industry is underway, and with each step, the associated members aims to leave a lasting impact, reshaping the maritime industry for generations to come.

Brazil@Nor-Shipping 2023: A Resounding Success in Bolstering Maritime Collaboration

High-Level Brazilian and Norwegian Delegations Unite to Drive Green Transition and Business Opportunities

Introduction:

The Brazil@Nor-Shipping 2023 event, organized by ABRAN (The Norwegian Shipowners´ Association Brazil) in collaboration with the Consulate General of Norway in Rio, Innovation Norway, and the Chambers of Commerce (NBCC and BNCC), emerged as a resounding success, captivating the participation of over 600 industry professionals across seminars and social events. This momentous event witnessed the convergence of distinguished Brazilian and Norwegian representatives from organizations such as the Brazilian Navy, ANTAQ, ANP, EPE, Petrobras, and Transpetro. Together, they shared the stage, engaging in insightful discussions on the future of the maritime and offshore shipping industry.

Strengthening Collaboration:

The event kickstarted with highly productive meetings between Brazilian and Norwegian maritime authorities, setting the tone for constructive conversations on the International Maritime Organization’s agenda towards achieving net-zero emissions. In these sessions, different strategies to enhance cooperation between the two countries were deliberated, underscoring their shared commitment to sustainability.

Exquisite Welcome and Opening Ceremonies:

The Norwegian Shipowners´ Association and ABRAN hosted a vibrant welcome reception at its historical building in downtown Oslo, setting a cheerful ambiance for the Brazilian delegation and nearly 100 attendees. NSA Board member, Ms. Marianne Møgster, delivered opening words laying the foundation for a week filled with collaboration and knowledge exchange. The official opening of Nor-Shipping took place at the majestic Town Hall, hosted by the City Mayor of Oslo, drawing a substantial global delegate attendance.

Captivating Seminars and Keynote Speakers:

Brazil@Nor-Shipping 2023 program brought together renowned keynote speakers and panelists taking center stage, captivating the audience with their insights into the shipping industry’s journey towards decarbonization. Esteemed individuals such as Fleet Admiral Cunha, the Brazilian Navy Chief of Staff, and Jarand Rystad, CEO of Rystad Energy, among others, shared their expertise and experiences, providing a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities in achieving a sustainable future.

Exploring Key Topics:

The conference featured a diverse range of speakers and topics, driving the audience’s understanding of Brazil’s political and economic outlook, business opportunities, and concrete actions towards a greener future. Key figures such as Felipe Meira, President of ABRAN, and Harald Solberg, CEO of NSA, set the stage for discussions on strengthening partnerships and trade relations between Brazil and Norway.

Prominent speakers, moderators, and panelists engaged in enriching discussions throughout the event. Topics covered included the perspectives of the Brazilian Navy, ANP, ANTAQ, EPE, Petrobras, and Transpetro on the green transition, offshore wind sector challenges and opportunities, talent acquisition in the offshore and shipping industry, and doing business in Brazil’s shipping sector.

Promoting Bilateral Ties and Cultural Exchange:

The event not only emphasized business collaborations but also fostered cultural exchanges and strengthened the bond between Brazil and Norway. The Brazilian Ambassador to Norway, H.E. Mr. Enio Cordeiro, graciously opened his residence for a cordial gathering, allowing the Brazilian delegation to learn more about the long-standing economic relations between the two nations and the vital work of the Brazilian Embassy in Norway.

Celebrations and Recognition:

The Brazil@Nor-Shipping 2023 event offered delegates numerous opportunities for networking and celebration. The traditional Brazilian Party, organized by Kincaid Law Firm, held at Høymagasinet in Oslo, brought together over 300 people, enabling them to connect, exchange ideas, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere while savoring traditional cuisine. The event also honored distinguished individuals who played a pivotal role in promoting business between Norway and Brazil, including Lars Peder Solstad, Marit Cecilie Albretsen, Vice Admiral Wilson Lima Filho, and Thomas Saxegaard.

Empowering Green Shipping and Business in Brazil:

The second day of the Brazil@Nor-Shipping conference focused on green shipping and provided valuable insights into doing business in Brazil’s shipping sector. Esteemed speakers and panelists, including Vice Admiral (Ret.) Ralph Dias, President of the Brazilian Maritime Court, and Roberta Nobre, General Manager of Services Procurement at Petrobras, shared their expertise, shedding light on regulations, contracts, insurance, and the benchmark with Norway. The program also emphasized the Norwegian green shipping strategy and Brazil’s commitment to the IMO’s green shipping strategy.

Conclusion:

The Brazil@Nor-Shipping 2023 event was an undeniable triumph, fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and partnerships between Brazilian and Norwegian maritime stakeholders. With its vibrant seminars, captivating keynote speakers, and ample opportunities for networking, this event solidified its place as a cornerstone in the maritime calendar, working towards a sustainable and prosperous future for the industry. As plans begin for the next edition in 2025, according to Mr. Ricardo Fernandes, Executive Director of ABRAN and coordinator of Brazil@Nor-Shipping project for the 5th consecutive time, NSA and ABRAN are committed to further strengthening the relationship between Brazil and Norway, driving innovation, and building a greener shipping industry.

Brazil@Nor-Shipping 2023 is coming!

Exciting news! The Brazil@Nor-Shipping event is coming to Oslo and Lillestrøm from June 5th to June 9th. Organized by ABRAN and NSA in partnership with the Royal Consulate General of Norway in Rio, Innovation Norway, and the chambers of commerce (NBCC and BNCC), this week-long program will bring together industry leaders, innovators, and experts from Brazil and Norway to discuss topics including green shipping, energy transition, offshore wind, decarbonization, talent acquisition, and the Brazilian offshore oil & gas sectors.

We´re glad to announce that Brazil@Nor-Shipping 2023 event, organized by ABRAN and NSA, in partnership with the Royal Consulate General of Norway in Rio, Innovation Norway, the chambers of commerce (NBCC and BNCC), is coming to Oslo and Lillestrøm, from June 5th to June 9th, and we can’t wait to welcome a great Brazilian delegation. The weeklong program promises to be an informative and engaging event that will bring together industry leaders, innovators, and experts from Brazil and Norway.

The event will offer a mix of seminars and social events, where it will be discussed premising topics of our industry, including green shipping, energy transition, offshore wind, decarbonization, the quest for talented people, and growing opportunities from the Brazilian offshore oil & gas sectors. With illustrious guest speakers such as the Brazilian Navy, Petrobras, ANTAQ, ANP, ABEEOLICA, EQUINOR, SEAWAY7, PGS, SOLSTAD, DOF, AKER, TGS, the agenda is built to explore great business opportunities in Brazil and the strong partnership with Norway.

We believe that this event will create a great platform for networking, knowledge-sharing, and exploring new business opportunities. We look forward to engaging in dynamic discussions on how we can collaborate to achieve a more sustainable future for the offshore and maritime industry.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn, connect, and engage with the best minds in the offshore and maritime industry from Brazil and Norway. Join us for an unforgettable week of insights and excitement! www.norshipping.com

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