Rio Maguari Shipyard (ERM) has partnered with Canadian company Robert Allan, for the construction of tugboats in Pará. Known for the construction of riverboats, such as barges and pushers, ERM is in negotiation with some operators and is expected to begin the production as of next year. A global leader in naval projects, Robert Allan, is responsible for technical support.
“The market that demands tugboats maintains more stable growth, in terms of fleet renewal, when compared to oil and gas and even river construction, which are more seasonal. The power requirements of tugboats are constantly changing due to the size of the ships and the needs of the ports, so it is a constantly evolving market “, says commercial director of the Rio Maguari Shipyard, Fabio Vasconcellos.
Vasconcellos evaluates that, with the entry into the new segment, the ERM establishes an additional alternative of contracting. He says that riverboats remain as the flagship of the Shipyard – in the last five years have been delivered more than 300 units – however diversification of the portfolio is necessary not to be dependent on just one sector.
“We are able to compete with the international prices of the tugboat market, so we are targeting not only domestic market, but also Latin America, which is currently served by shipyards outside the country. Our location in Belém, Pará, is an important factor of proximity to LA, in addition to quality of production and punctuality in delivery”, says the commercial director of ERM.
According to Vasconcellos, following the planning, the shipyard must carry out the additional hiring of about 80 new direct employees. Rio Maguari Shipyard chose Marintec South America, an important event of the naval sector, to intensify the disclosure of services, competitive prices and financing conditions for the construction of tugboats. The trade show will be held from August 14 to 16, from 13:00 to 20:00, at the SulAmérica Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro (RJ).