The Rio Maguari Shipyard, in partnership with the Canadian company Robert Allan will produce port tugboats in Pará. Recognized for the manufacture of riverboats, such as barges and pushers, the Shipyard is negotiating with some operators, who have already shown an interest in the product. start production next year. A global leader in marine projects, Robert Allan will be responsible for technical support appeal.
Port tugboats are riverboats that provide support and help dock mooring maneuvers in Brazilian ports and their demand has been maintained in a more stable growth when compared to the oil and gas market and even to riverboats, “the power requirements of the tugboats are constantly changing due to the size of the ships and the needs of the ports, it is a constantly evolving market “said the commercial director of the shipyard, Fábio Vasconcelos.
Riverboats will continue to be the flagship of the Rio Maguari Shipyard, since more than 300 units were delivered in the last five years, but diversification was necessary, Vasconcellos also commented. In the opinion of the director, the shipyard has price, quality and term to compete with the international market, so it is aimed not only at the domestic market, but also at Latin America.
According to Vasconcelos, according to the planning, the shipyard is expected to hire 80 new employees next year and will not require any further investments in the manufacture of tugboats, since it already manufactured high complexity river pushers designed by Robert Allan with a degree of sophistication , automation, propulsion and finishing very similar. The most recent investment was in a 100 tonne crane on wheels and an automatic sandblasting and painting machine for steel sheets and profiles to improve the quality of the vessel’s paint.
The Rio Maguari Shipyard has been operating for 35 years in shipbuilding in the Amazon region, located in the district of Icoaraci, municipality of Belém do Pará, and expects to complete at the end of 2018 at least 50 barges and 3 medium and large , 5,000 and 6,000 HP).
In the next five years the expectation is that it is delivering 6 to 8 tugs per year.