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At least three die in second Brazilian ferry accident
RIO DE JANEIRO: At least three people died Thursday when a Brazilian ferry with capacity for 100 passengers capsized, local media reports said just a day after another ferry sank, killing at least 10. The latest maritime accident took place in the bay outside Mar Grande, near Vera Cruz, in the north-eastern state of Bahia. According to Globo and other major Brazilian news sites, three people were confirmed dead and 21 rescued, while local news site Bahia Noticias reported five confirmed dead.
Petrobras suspends production at Albacora FPSO off Rio de Janeiro over oil and gas leaks
Brazil’s troubled state oil firm Petrobras, has suspended production at its P-31 FPSO offshore Rio de Janeiro because of safety concerns about oil and gas leaks, according to Reuters. The closure, which was prompted after a mixture of oil and water leaked in the FPSO’s pump room, happened on Tuesday but was only confirmed on Thursday. P-31 is in the Albacora-Leste oil field in the Campos Basin. The field has proven reserves of around 534m barrels. This is the second stoppage at P-31 in eight days as output was also halted on January 11 after a gas leak was detected. http://splash247.com/petrobras-suspends-production-albacora-fpso-oil-gas-leaks/
Brazil’s Sudeste port again delays start of operations
The start of operations of Brazil’s Sudeste port in Rio de Janeiro state, which is planned to play an important role in minerals and metals exports, has once again been delayed, this time because port operators are waiting for a navy permit, port operators said. No date has been publicly set for the start of port operations. “The final stage [to Porto Sudeste starts operation] is sea channel access authorization from the Brazilian Navy,” port operators said in a statement. “Upon necessary approvals Porto Sudeste will be ready for first shipment.” A Brazilian Navy spokesman did not respond to a query for comment. Mineracao Usiminas (Musa), the mining arm of Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas, intends to resume iron ore exports as soon as Sudeste port receives the last permit to kick off operations, a source at the company said Thursday. Musa has a take-or-pay agreement of $12.63/mt with port operators. “Once the port informs the start-up date, Musa will begin the transport of ore to the port area,” he said, adding it is possible to stockpile enough ore for a vessel in three days. Musa expects to export at least 8 million mt of iron ore in 2015. The company halted exports in the third quarter of 2014 due to the lack of port availability elsewhere.Upload News