“Every bit of carbon counts,” says Fernando Borensztein at Global Ocean Day

Fernando Borensztein, OceanPact’s new business and sustainability director, represented the company in a panel discussion called “Navigation, Ports, Logistics – Options for Decarbonization,” during Global Ocean Day, held on June 8.

Alongside other maritime industry and blue economy leaders, Borensztein pointed out that OceanPact is working on decarbonization and reducing its carbon footprint through innovative technologies and operations.

“Due to the characteristics of maritime support operations, carbon reduction is challenging. That’s why every bit of carbon counts, and we are committed to improving the energy efficiency of our fleet through innovative solutions. For example, we are testing electromagnetic fields to prevent biofouling and hydrodynamic improvements on our vessels,” he said.

Borensztein stressed that the low-carbon future of offshore support services is not limited to fleet decarbonization. “We need to transform the sector through opportunities such as autonomous vessels, improved forecasting and technologies like virtual reality and digital twins, aiming for fully remote operations, optimizing the use of resources and reducing our carbon footprint,” he said.

The other speakers on the panel were Arnaldo Calbucci, the COO of Wilson Sons; Fernanda Sossai, port development and ESG manager at the Port of Açu; Juliana Munhoz, maritime transport intelligence consultant at Suzano; and Franco Vernazza, business development director at startup Aquapower. The moderator was Miguel Silva, the CEO of Bari Transportes.

José Luis Pizzorno, EnvironPact’s development manager, also took part in Global Ocean Day. During a panel discussion called “Marine Spatial Planning and Monitoring,” Pizzorno presented a strategic vision of a project under way off the Brazilian coast. The other speakers were Sergio Gustavo Costa, project coordinator at FGV; André Beirão, executive secretary of the Brazilian Navy’s Center for Political and Strategic Studies; Claudia Funi, who has a master’s in tropical biodiversity from Amapá Federal University; and Luiz Paulo de Freitas, adjunct professor in Rio de Janeiro Federal University’s Meteorology Department.

“Marine Spatial Planning and Monitoring is a fascinating project, as it will indicate how Brazil wants to relate to the oceans. Using the data obtained, we will be able to identify ecosystems, their ecosystem services, conservation areas and breeding areas for living organisms. We will also be able to support specialized human activities in the sea,” explained Pizzorno.

“We’re going to train and prepare communities to actively participate in this project. It will allow us to better map the marine environment and its use, which is fundamental for preservation,” he added.

Global Ocean Day took place on June 7 and 8 at the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, as part of celebrations of World Oceans Day. The event was sponsored by OceanPact.