Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another Tanker and Cargo Vessel Software Supplier Targets Energy Sector

SIS Concentrates on Expanding Brazilian Market
Shipping News Feature

BRAZIL – NORWAY – Star Information Systems (SIS), headquartered in Trondheim, has been providing fleet management software aboard ships including tankers, bulk cargo carriers, container ships and chemical and gas carriers for fifteen years but now the Norwegian company is using its experience of the technical requirements of ship and oil and gas rig clients to expand further into the Brazilian market.

SIS intends to take advantage of the ever growing energy market in the region to establish a new base in Rio de Janeiro to serve Brazil’s thriving offshore sector which has been spurred by the discovery of huge oil and gas reserves in the country’s pre-salt basin, opening up an array of opportunities for national and international offshore operators.

SIS has been servicing clients in the region for the past five years, but is now investing in a permanent office to ensure that its customers in the region get the best possible service from a dedicated, local team of five to six Brazilian based SIS professionals. As well as offshore, the recruits will also be focusing on the country’s dynamic shipping sector. Senior advisor Hans-Kristian Fjaerem has been working with SIS for over twelve years and he sees massive potential for the market and the company saying:

“We have had activities in Brazil for some time, but we felt the exceptional growth of the market, particularly with regard to the oil and gas sectors, meant that the time was right to commit to a permanent base. We’re looking to build a full-service company there providing all the services that we currently provide from Norway, that’s advisory services, project management, support, implementation, training and sales across all of our software modules.

“These cover CMMS and asset management, QHSE, fleet supply management, project management, document management, KPI’s dashboards, and more. Having a local team on the ground, with local industry and language abilities will give our Brazilian and international customers a valuable point of access to SIS and our product range, while helping us to take advantage of an exciting and fast developing marketplace.”

SIS has a portfoilio of several major existing clients in the region including Siem Offshore, which currently has five rig support vessels operating in Brazilian waters, and Teekay Petrojarl, one of the world’s largest marine energy transportation, storage and production companies, and spokesmen from both companies supported the latest SIS development and welcomed the opportunities that SIS’s consultation and training services offer to its staff and clients.

Photo: Petrojarl Cidade de Rio das Ostras, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO). This Teekay ship operates for Petrobras in the Aruana Field off the southeast coast of Brazil in over 900 metres of water.