Justin Jacobs, RIO DE JANEIRO: At the mouth of
Rio de Janeiro's iconic Guanabara Bay, a queue of ships waiting
to berth at the city's main port shows the strain rapid
economic growth in recent years has putting on Brazil's
infrastructure. The port, one of Brazil's busiest, is vital to
keeping this bustling city running. It is also an important
staging ground for companies developing offshore oil and gas
projects in the nearby Campos and Santos basins.
For the oil and gas industry, clogged ports here and
elsewhere threaten to slow development activity, adding another
potential bottleneck to operations as companies try to develop
billions of barrels oil discovered offshore Brazil.
The government has promised to support the expansion and
modernisation of Brazil's port infrastructure. In December last
year, president Dilma Rousseff launched the Logistics Programme
for Ports, a major investment and reform plan for the