Forerunner of Petrobras and Transpetro, Fronape celebrates 71 years

This weekend the National Oil Tanker Fleet (Fronape) celebrated 71 years of relevant services provided to the country. Founded on 25 April 1950,  Fronape is part of the origin of Petrobras, created three years later (1953), and of Transpetro, which incorporated the vessels and administrative structure of the fleet in 1998.  

The history of Fronape began to be written in March 1949, when Law 650, sanctioned by then President Eurico Gaspar Dutra, granted the National Petroleum Council  (CNP) the resources for creation of a Brazilian oil tanker fleet. The country needed vessels to import gas, diesel oil, fuel oil and kerosene.    

The pioneering DNA of Fronape has been kept alive during the course of our entire history. We were the first fleet in the world to obtain the environmental ISO 14001 certification, which recognized the safety level and excellence of our operations, and one of the first to be certified by the ISM Code.  

In 2020 Brazil became the first South American county to be part of the select group of nations to have navigation simulators approved by an internationally renowned classification society. Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL), vessel and oil rig certification society and accredited by the Brazilian maritime authority, granted A (highest level) certification to our Maritime and Waterway Simulator (SMH).  

In 2020 we also attained our best results in the historical series of Recorded Accident Victim Rate (TAR), our main safety index. We also recorded an Operational Availability Index(IDO) of 97.5%, which attests to the operational efficiency of our fleet. During the entire second half of last year and in 2021 we are maintaining our efficiency parameters, with an IDO of over 99%.