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OceanPact CEO participates in INPO seminar on oceans and climate change

Challenges and options for the energy transition involving the oil and gas industry’s maritime support vessels were highlighted in a talk by OceanPact’s CEO, Flavio Andrade, during the Oceans and Climate Change Seminar, held by the National Institute for Ocean Research (INPO) on May 21 and 22 in Rio de Janeiro.

Andrade pointed out that Brazil currently has a fleet of 435 diesel-powered vessels and noted that the lifespan of ships is around 30 years – which can be extended – and that the average age of the national fleet is currently 15 years.

“In the short term, we’re thinking of fuels that can be used immediately, such as hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO), which is still more expensive than diesel, although its price has been falling. Smaller unmanned boats are also alternatives,” he said.

He also spoke of the importance of blue carbon for meeting Brazil’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. “Nature-based initiatives and solutions, such as mangrove restoration and the use of algae for carbon capture, protect marine biodiversity and increase the resilience of coastal ecosystems against the impacts of climate change,” he said.

OceanPact’s CEO emphasized research and technology as key areas for driving the energy transition in the maritime sector. “Knowing and predicting sea currents, winds and waves helps us identify the best operational windows, boosting operational efficiency, cutting fuel consumption and consequently reducing emissions,” Andrade explained.

He was speaking in a panel discussion about the energy transition, moderated by Professor Segen Estefen of INPO. The other speakers were Roberto Schaeffer of Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Osvaldo Saavedra of the National Institute for Ocean and River Energy (INEOF) and Carlos Moura of the SENAl Innovation Institute.

Held with the support of OceanPact, the Oceans and Climate Change Seminar brought together scientists, experts, entrepreneurs and managers to discuss and propose technical and scientific measures that can identify and guide options for adapting to climate change in Brazil, focusing on the ocean sciences. OceanPact directors Érik Cunha, Adriano Ranieri, Fernando Borensztein, Mauricio Latado and Ana Lyra, as well as manager Carlos Leandro, also attended the event.