BRATECC | Number 07 - March 2020
Newsletter March 2020
BRATECC News – Update on COVID-19 – March 2020
To our valued BRATECC Members, Partners & Friends,

As the consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak continue to escalate, BRATECC has taken several precautionary measures to contribute to the fight against Coronavirus and minimize the risk to our staff and members. These measures are informed by the most current guidance from leading health authorities and experts, which we are monitoring closely.

Steps taken due to COVID-19:

  • Postponement of BRATECC Events
Following the instructions of the City of Houston, we have postponed the events scheduled for March, including the Best of the Year Award, which was planned to be held during CERAWEEK 2020 in Houston. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) which traditionally happens in May, has been postponed to the third quarter of 2020. BRATECC’s most traditional Annual Offshore Breakfast – held on Wednesday’s morning of OTC week – has naturally been postponed and will happen concurrently with OTC 2020.
Our events' sponsors, as well as those who had already registered for the events above are being contacted by our team. If you are a sponsor or registree and haven't been contacted yet, please contact us at

  • Staff & Board of Directors operating remotely
Our staff and Board of Directors are fully prepared to work remotely, accessing our business systems that ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our support. We are ready to provide you with BRATECC services regarding your membership, sponsorships and answer any questions you may have. 

  • Keeping our members and partners informed during the crisis
BRATECC has been in continuous communication with the appropriate authorities, partners, and the media in order to keep our members informed regarding the latest developments and what actions to take on the local and global levels. 

Next Steps:

BRATECC’s Team will continue keeping you informed regarding the developments of the pandemic. We will share more information about the new dates for the events as soon as the situation is contained, and it is once again secure for public gatherings to take place. The moment is one of care, awareness, and overcoming. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Ulisses Sperandio
BRATECC ‘s President
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Monthly News
White House, Senate reach historic $2 trillion stimulus deal amid growing Coronavirus fears
"Washington (CNN)The White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal on March 26th over a $2-trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the Coronavirus pandemic, capping days of marathon negotiations that produced one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures in the history of Congress."

"Stay Home Work Safe" order goes into effect in Houston area
"HOUSTON — Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Tuesday new numbers in the Houston area show the community "must take further steps" to help prevent the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus."

United announces no change fees for new bookings through April 30
"United Airlines is providing to all its costumers an extension of its change fee waiver for any travel from March 10 to April 30, 2020. As a consequence of that, if you would like to change your plans, there is no fee to do so, regardless of when you purchased your ticket or where you're traveling. This is in addition to our previous waiver."

For more information click here
China oil imports in Jan-Feb from Saudi Arabia rise 26% from year ago
BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China's crude oil imports in the first two months of 2020 from top supplier Saudi Arabia rose 26% from a year earlier, while purchases from No. 2 supplier Russia gained 11%, Reuters' calculations based on customs data showed on Wednesday.

China to take record volume of Russian oil as Europe demand collapses -traders
"MOSCOW (Reuters) - China is buying a record 1.6 million tonnes of Russian oil by sea loading in the next 2-3 weeks, taking advantage of rock bottom prices for the Russian grade combined with a collapse in demand in Europe, traders said on Wednesday."

How the COVID-19 Coronavirus is affecting the offshore industry
"The World Health Organisation has declared the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and many companies are taking precautions against the impact and spread of the virus. Offshore Technology examines the measures put in place and predicts the potential future impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus on the offshore industry."

Microsoft cria mapa em tempo real da pandemia do Coronavírus
"São Paulo — A Microsoft criou um mapa que mostra o avanço do Coronavírus (COVID-19) pelo mundo. Em tempo real, a página exibe os locais onde há novos casos da doença. O mapa é parecido com o criado no começo do ano pela Universidade John Hopkins, baseada nos Estados Unidos."

Contra-almirante Rodolfo Henrique de Saboia é indicado diretor-geral da ANP
"O presidente Jair Bolsonaro indicou na terça-feira, 17 de março, o Almirante Rodolfo Henrique de Saboia como o novo diretor-geral da Agência Nacional do Petróleo (ANP). Oficial da reserva da Marinha, Saboia era superintendente de Meio Ambiente da Diretoria de Portos e Costas da Marinha."

Faltam projetos no Brasil para captar recursos com green bonds
"O mercado voltou a crescer em 2019, com US$ 1,2 bi em emissões, de acordo com dados da Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI). E as tendências são a busca por recursos no exterior e a diversificação de setores com empreendimentos habilitados para emissão de green bonds."

Rio e BH entram para lista de cidades líderes em transparência climática
Belo Horizonte e Rio de Janeiro se uniram a outras 103 cidades nota A na lista do Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) de 2019, que reúne uma população combinada de 170 milhões de pessoas. As cidades lideram a transição para um futuro mais sustentável – e seguro do ponto de vista climático. 

No Brasil,  Estados terão R$ 432 milhões para enfrentar COVID-19  
"Ministério da Saúde anunciou a liberação de R$ 432 milhões aos estados para o reforço do plano de contingência encaminhado pelas unidades da federação para o enfrentamento do COVID-19. O recurso será encaminhado ao longo da semana e poderá ser utilizado em ações de assistência, inclusive, para abertura de novos leitos ou custeio de leitos existentes nos estados e municípios."

(Website with real-time information regarding the COVID-19 in the US)




(Informações em tempo real sobre o COVID-19 no Brasil)

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