Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine has secured a $150m newbuilding contract from the Brazilian Ministry of Defence for a replacement survey vessel.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will see the building of the new vessel start later this year with delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2025.

Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA), Sembcorp Marine’s shipbuilding subsidiary in Brazil, will build the vessel, which will be deployed by the Brazilian Navy for scientific research deployment in the Antarctic.