Present in Brazil since the 1970s, and based in Rio de Janeiro since 1999, Oceaneering provides several services and technologies including diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and umbilicals.
Brazil is one of the world’s biggest deepwater markets and holds a substantial base of installed FPSO units off its coastline, with continued growth expected in the next five years.
Areas of Expertise
Oceaneering provides integrity management services for FPSO owners and operators across all aspects of hull, moorings, and topsides. Through the use of risk assessment, data management, and inspection and maintenance scheduling, we can support our customers’ FPSO assets throughout their entire lifecycle.
Oceaneering has three facilities in Brazil. A regional office in Rio de Janeiro, an operational Facility in Macaé and umbilical plant in Niteroi.
Rio de Janeiro
The Rio de Janeiro office serves as Oceaneering’s Brazilian headquarters. It is also where the R&D team is located.
Located in the city’s downtown area, it is a strategic location that is close to several important clients. Technical support for ROVs, as well as sales and commercial operate out of our Rio office.
Located in the industrial district, the 19,000 m2 in Macae hosts Oceaneering’s ROV, Survey and service rental and tooling business units. The location has a training center with an ROV simulator and ROV test tank, which allows Oceaneering to fully provide onshore training and equipment testing.
Macaé serves as an emergency oil spill response mobilization location with seven containers to control oil spills. It’s the only oil spill response kit that can provide this service in Latin America.
Oceaneering’s umbilical manufacturing facility is in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, at Guanabara Bay, near the famed Rio-Niteroi bridge. The facility was built in 1998 and commissioned in 1999. In its first year, Oceaneering manufactured around 100 km of production and injection umbilicals for the Petrobras-operated Bonito and Marlim fields.
The facility can deliver full project management, engineering, design and manufacturing. It houses a qualification lab, which tests for umbilical fatigue, tensile, hose impulse, hyperbaric, installation cyclic bending, reserve bending, crushing load testing.
Niterói manufactures both thermoplastic umbilicals and hoses, as well as steel tube.
Oceaneering’s Training Center was built in 2009 to meet demand for ROV Services, ST&R and Survey employees. Brazil is the third major training hub for Oceaneering. The complex is equipped with four classrooms, a simulator room, electronic and hydraulic labs. Some of the courses offered include: Intro to ROVs, Electronics, Hydraulics and HSE. The Training Center manages a Competency Program to map out employee career development.
Research and Development
Oceaneering’s research and development team in Brazil defines and executes technology development projects in partnership with oil and gas operators, with the infrastructure to comply with ANP regulations for R&D spending. Oceaneering provides innovative solutions in the areas of robotics, inspection, intervention and data management.
Oceaneering typically works on projects that takes a product or service from proof of concept to a working system. Examples:
- Flowline Remediation System (FRS) Testing
- Subsea tomography (radiography)
- ROV technologies