Enseada Shipbuilding


Enseada Shipbuilding operates to meet the needs of the deep-sea oil drilling industry, through the formation of new technological partnerships. It has a delivery portfolio valued at US$ 6.5 billion, including the conversion of the hulls of four oil rigs (FPSOs) for Petrobras, as well as the development of six drill rigs for Sete Brasil.

With over 4,400 members, the Business is investing in the construction and remodeling of shipyards in Brazil:

In Bahia, it is implementing the state-of-the-art Paraguaçu Unit (video) worth R$ 2.6 billion and expected to be delivered by early 2015. This project, in turn, has given rise to actions for the development of the supply chain with the Federation of Industries of the State of Bahia and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. It represents the largest private investment in the state in the past 10 years;

In Rio de Janeiro, it operates the Inhaúma Unit (photo) in the Caju District, leased by Petrobras since 2010. The company has revitalized 97% of the facilities, as well as renovating and purchasing equipment, and has performed preliminary services on the P-75, P-76, and P-77 hulls;

At the São Roque Unit in Bahia, located at the other side of the Paraguaçu River, workers are cutting the plate for the topside of the first rig.

The company's shareholders include Odebrecht, OAS, UTC, and Kawasaki. The latter maintains an ongoing technology transfer process with Enseada, offering professional training and consulting in several areas.

Paraguaçu Unit Illustration, Bahia
Paraguaçu Unit, Bahia
Paraguaçu Unit, Bahia
Paraguaçu Unit, Bahia
São Roque Unit, Bahia
Inhaúma Unit, Rio de Janeiro

Awards and Distinctions

Enseada Shipbuilding was awarded honorable mention in the category of Innovation in Offshore Engineering, as part of the Be Inspired Awards competition promoted by the software manufacturer Bentley, for its rig accommodation project.


Years prior to the works done for the Paraguaçu Unit in Bahia, the offshore engineering teams from Odebrecht had already established a presence in the Maragojipe Region. In 2007, the Rio Paraguaçu Consortium (formed by Odebrecht Engenharia Industrial, Queiroz Galvão, and UTC Engenharia) began the construction of the P-59 and P-60 self-elevating oil platforms for Petrobras at the São Roque site. In 2011, the platforms were launched in Rio Paraguaçu from a floating vessel - a barge -, as part of an unprecedented and innovative operation.

Even during the construction of the platforms, and in light of the growing demands of the shipping industry and the challenges posed to Brazilian engineering beginning with the development of pre-salt oil and gas production, the Group participated in the formation of the Estaleiro Enseada do Paraguaçu (EEP), in 2010. In partnership with OAS Investimentos and UTC Participações, Odebrecht intensified its activities in the construction, integration, and repair of offshore units, such as platforms, specialized ships, and drilling rigs, through a new Business. That same year, the EEP leased Petrobras´ Inhaúma Unit, located on the shores of Guanabara Bay (RJ), in order to revitalize the facilities and to convert four oil rigs.

In 2012, Kawasaki Heavy Industries joined the group as a shareholder and technological partner, and the new company set out with a solid business offering, a delivery portfolio valued at US $6.5 billion, and a distinctive project: the construction of the Estaleiro Enseada do Paraguaçu, in Bahia.

In 2014, the Business started to go by the name Enseada Shipbuilding, operating with a new brand. With the change, the business units became known as the Paraguaçu Unit and São Roque Unit.