The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum,
Biofuels and Natural Gas (“ANP”) initiated,
on August 11th., the Public Consultation no. 21/2017, with the
purpose of collecting inputs for review of the of ANP Ordinance no. 170/2002.
The Ordinance no. 170/2002 regulates the bulk
transport of oil, its by-products, natural gas, and biofuels by waterways, comprising
long haul, coastal, maritime and offshore and port support navigations, as well
as inland navigation.
Among the main changes proposed by the new
regulation are the definition and characterization of ship-to-ship operations
In addition to establishing the requirements
for obtaining ANP’s approval for each ship-to-ship operations, the text further
defines that the offloading of the platform to the site where the STS operation
is to take place should be treated as offshore support and contracted by means
of a services agreement by concessionaries or contractors for the activity of exploration
and production that are not authorized to operate as Brazilian Shipping Company
The public consultation will last 30 days,
and the public hearing will take place in October 30, in Rio de Janeiro.
The documents related to the consultation,
procedures for sending suggestions and participation at the hearing are
available at the following link: página http://www.anp.gov.br/wwwanp/consultas-audiencias-publicas/em-andamento/3936-consulta-e-audiencia-publicas-n-21-2017