In addition to the presence of Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, ministers of Mines and Energy, Eduardo Braga, and Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Armando Monteiro Neto; the governor of Pernambuco, Paulo Câmara; presidents of Petrobras, Aldemir Bendine and Transpetro, Cláudio Ribeiro Campos congressmen, union leaders, shareholders and shipbuilding professionals were on hand at the official launch.
The ship André Rebouças pays homage to the Afro Brazilian military engineer and abolitionist movement leader from the 19th century. This is the ninth vessel to enter in operation of the series of 49 ships ordered by the Transpetro Fleet Modernization and Expansion Program (Promef). The ship will be used to haul crude oil from Brazil abroad and has a capacity to carry nearly a million barrels of oil, equivalent to 41% of Brazilian daily production. The ship, Marcílio was named in honor of the Afro Brazilian sailor and hero in the Riachuelo Naval Battle, in 1865.
Estaleiro Atlântico Sul is expected to deliver two more ships yet in 2015.