Founded in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, with a focus on the area of consultancy and response to environmental emergencies, OceanPact has been an important participant in oil spill response operations in Brazil and abroad, expanding its operations throughout Latin America.
Its team members participated in the response to all the last major environmental incidents, including combating oil spills in Guanabara Bay, in 2000, in Paranaguá Bay, in 2004, and in Campo do Frade, located in Campos Basin, in 2011. In 2010, it was the only Brazilian company operating in response to the largest environmental disaster in the history of offshore petroleum drilling: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Gulf of Mexico, USA). It also acted in environmental emergencies caused by dam ruptures in Minas Gerais, shipwrecks and other large oil spills.
In 2011, through a joint venture with the American company Witt O’Brien’s, a world leader in consultancy specialized in responding to emergencies and crises for over 35 years, the OceanPact Group created Witt O’Brien’s Brazil (WOB).
In 2013, OceanPact expanded the scope of its maritime and environmental services by forming another joint venture, this time with the English company Gardline, with more than 50 years of experience in the international market for data collection at sea (marine survey). It was founded then Gardline do Brasil, today OceanPact GEO. The total acquisition would take place six years later, making OceanPact the sole holder of the largest fleet of boats dedicated to research in Brazil, for projects in the areas of the environment, geology, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography and marine geotechnics.
In 2018, OceanPact fully acquired Servmar Ltd, a Brazilian company with 30 years of experience in remediation of contaminated areas, engineering services and facilities, including the operation of Petrobras’ Environmental Defense Centers – CDAs.
In 2023, OceanPact bought out its American partner Witt O’Brien’s in their 50:50 joint venture, giving it a 100% Brazilian consulting arm, called EnvironPact Sustentabilidade e Resiliência. This business creates value by providing specialized and interdisciplinary consulting services in the environmental, safety and risk management areas, as well as in all stages of the life cycle of a potential emergency or crisis.
OceanPact has never stopped investing all its results in building a solid company – with innovative staff, assets and systems. Today, it has a team of more than 300 oceanographers, biologists, bachelors in nautical sciences, engineers (naval, environmental, chemical, industrial, among others), masters and doctors. This team provides differentiated services, operates an extensive fleet of specialized vessels and the largest inventories of equipment for preventing and combating spills at sea and collecting oceanographic data in Latin America.
With 15 branches in 8 Brazilian states, and subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Mexico, United Kingdom, Norway and Uruguay, OceanPact spares no effort to serve its customers in an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly manner.