Rio Grande Shipyard will return activities

Responsible for the Rio Grande Shipyard, the Ecovix group intends to resume activities in the municipality of Rio Grande do Sul stopped since the end of 2016. The company, which won Petrobras' competition in 2010 and delivered five oil exploration platforms, has been under judicial reorganization since December of that year, in order to restructure its debt of R $ 7.5 billion to preserve assets currently estimated at R $ 3, 4 billion.

Ecovix has drafted a legal recovery plan that it hopes will be approved soon to put into practice the new proposals for the yard in the South Half of the State. The company is now awaiting a court ruling on the creditors' meeting to get the plans in place.

Among the ideas raised by the company are the port activity (with mooring of vessels and cargo movements), repairs on oil platforms and ships, steel processing for the metalworking industry and completion of the P-71 platform.

This last structure began to be built by the Rio Grande Shipyard, but Petrobras decided to move the order to Asia. Ecovix's goal is to take advantage of what has already been done and build an oil platform that does not necessarily need to be destined for the state, and it can be negotiated with another company in the market.

Ecovix executive director Christiano Morales said in a visit to Jornal do Comércio on Tuesday (17) that the perspective is to build this platform in partnership with the Japanese group Toyo, which maintains the EBR shipyard in São José do North. The resumption of operations in Rio Grande would represent the creation of 600 jobs in a first stage, with about 1 thousand jobs in a second phase. Source: Jornal do Comércio

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