We were established in 2007 in the City of Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, with an initial focus on consulting services and responses to environmental emergencies in Rio de Janeiro. We have been involved in the responses to oil spills in Brazil and abroad and have experienced continuous growth in recent years.
We have participated in the responses to major environmental incidents in Brazil, including the oil spill in the Campos Basin in 2011. Members of our management were also involved in the responses to the oil spill in Paranaguá Bay in 2004 prior to the formation of our company. In addition to oil spills, we participated in the responses to the environmental disasters caused by the dam collapse in Mariana, located in the State of Minas Gerais, in 2015 and Brumadinho, also located in the State of Minas Gerais, in 2019, we provided environmental emergency management services for the shipwreck of a vessel transporting 5,000 animals in 2015 and the running aground of the Stellar Banner mining vessel in February 2020. Moreover, we participated in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the largest offshore oil drilling environmental disaster to date, providing oil containment and recovery services.
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). Witt O’Brien’s Brazil creates value by providing specialized and interdisciplinary consultancy services in the areas of environment, safety and risk management, as well as in all stages of the life cycle of a potential emergency or crisis. Thus, the company promotes sustainability and operational resilience.
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.
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.