It will provide assistance to ship and offshore operators, including spares

2011.6.16- containerships.jpgHamworthy is to open a new dedicated service centre in Brazil.

This new service centre represents a direct investment in a market that has offered sustained growth for its oil and gas handling systems and pump systems businesses in recent years, the company said.

With offices in Rio and planned workshops and warehousing operations in Macae, it will support customers through easy access to spare parts from a domestic warehouse and qualified service personnel for all Hamworthy products, as well as related products and equipment installed on board.

The service centre will also offer assistance to domestic yards during the installation and commission stages of vessel construction.

Hamworthy has won several new orders recently in Brazil's growing marine and offshore sectors.

These included a major contract from Brazilian shipyard Estaleiro Promar for the design and supply of cargo handling systems for eight LPG carriers for operation by Transpetro, the shipping arm of Petrobras.

The vessels will be designed by Hamworthy's naval architecture consultancy in Poland, Hamworthy Baltic Design Centre, along with the cargo tanks and cargo handling systems.

Other contracts involved the supply of equipment to Brazil's offshore sector, including a number of FPSOs.

"Brazil is a key market for technology companies involved in marine and offshore," said Hans Jakob Buvarp, managing director, Hamworthy Brazil. "It is why we are extending our capabilities in terms of local service support and increasing local content supply."

Hamworthy has been present in Brazil since the 1970s, offering products and services through its local partner Tridente.

Its new dedicated service centre will provide assistance to ship and offshore operators, including the provision of spares and service to the growing Brazilian market, the company said.

Source: Tanker Operator