Sembcorp Marine has secured a $150m (SGD200m) engineering, construction and procurement (ECP) contract from the Brazilian Ministry of Defence’s state-owned company Emgepron.

Sembcorp received this contract through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA) and Sembcorp Marine Specialised Shipbuilding (SMSS), and the establishment of Special Purpose Entity Polar 1 Construção Naval SPE.

Under the new ECP contract, the company will build a support vessel, called NApAnt, for the Brazilian Navy to enable scientific research deployment in the Antarctic.

The construction of the vessel will start this year, with delivery expected in the third quarter of 2025.

Once constructed, NApAnt will replace the ageing ocean support vessel (NApOc) Ary Rongel (H-44).

The vessel is anticipated to add operative aspects to the Brazilian Antarctic programme.

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Brazilian Material of Navy general director admiral Jose Augusto Vieira Da Cunha De Menezes said: “The acquisition of the new Antarctic Support Ship by the Brazilian Navy is of strategic importance for the country, thus providing the maintenance of the Brazilian presence in the Antarctic continent and the continuity of the scientific research that has been carried out at the Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station.”

The 93.9m-long, 18.5m-wide vessel has a draft of six metres and weighs around 5,800t. It is being constructed in compliance with the ice field standards, referred as P-6.

According to Sembcorp Marine, this project will be executed by EJA yard in Brazil.

EJA will draw from global network of Sembcorp Marine’s pooled resources, including SMSS experience in design and construction of specialised vessels.