Waves of Innovation

With cutting-edge technology and deliveries at full throttle, EAS recovers national shipbuilding industry

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - 11:41
Partnership with Japanese companies allows for new investments and transfer of technology between the countries Partnership with Japanese companies allows for new investments and transfer of technology between the countries

After 20 years of stagnation of the Brazilian shipbuilding industry, the sector becomes a highlight in the national scenario again. The only shipyard in the country to be included in the select team of 4th generation shipbuilding plants, the same as the most modern Asian shipyards – considered the avant-garde of the sector -, Estaleiro Atlântico Sul now counts on foreign investments.

A Japanese corporate group, led by IHI Corporation, which comprises companies with experience in the shipbuilding market and which even used to have a shipyard in Brazil, bought a 25% stake at EAS for R$ 207 million.

The agreement for the entrance of the Japanese in Estaleiro Atlântico Sul foresees transfer of technology and experience of the Eastern companies in shipbuilding and offshore in order to increase the productivity and efficiency of EAS. With the entrance of capital at the shipyard, the Japanese will also have seats both at the senior management and the board of directors of the company.
Venturing in the Northeast
In the domestic scenario, Estaleiro Atlântico Sul is responsible for the creation of a new frontier in the segment, by settling in the Northeast region.

Headquartered at Ipojuca-PE, a strategic area from the logistic point of view, EAS represents for the region the attraction of a powerful business chain, considering the complexity of the national and international suppliers of goods and services that integrate the sector.

Moreover, EAS has already delivered two ships for the Program for Modernization and Expansion of Transpetro Fleet (PROMEF). Suezmax Zumbi dos Palmares, commissioned in May this year, and oil tanker João Cândido, delivered in May 2012.

For the president of EAS, Otoniel Rei, this was only possible thanks to the efforts made in restructuring the company. "The result of the investments in training, safety and infrastructure ensured productivity and speed", he reveals.