Shipbuilding Industry in Latin America
100 Years (1950 – 2050)

Ing. Raúl E. Podetti
Ing. Carlos M. Brañas

The authors, Brañas and Podetti – together with regional collaborators – provide an integral vision of the shipbuilding industry with a Latin American scope. For this work, the support of the IPIN was very important and the results of this analysis will be presented in the future meetings.

Same as the rest of the publications, the research is divided into four parts: History, Industry, Politics and Future. The first three refer to the most relevant aspects of this activity in the last 70 years (1950 – 2020), focusing on the most recent ones.

The last part takes the bases of the other three and goes over a series of proposals and future impactful projections for the next three decades, therefore completing the century suggested on the thesis.

This work continues the one started by Podetti in his book Argentine Maritime Industry – 100 Years (1937 – 2036), expanding now to the Latin American naval industry. In order to do so, Brañas and Podetti received support from the regional leaders of the segment under common guidelines to standardize information and provide a global overview and relevant comparisons.

One of the most ambitious goals of this volume is to create a database of the Latin American marine constructions and to link them to each country’s development and politics. This cause-effect analysis based on hard data will be very useful for the purpose of understanding why, in the same region, some countries do better than others.

In order to simplify the comparative analysis, the variables will be generated work and value produced in shipyards and naval workshops.

Some of the political topics the book will talk about are: financing, incentives to the local industries, vessel imports and roles of the State (Regulator, Owner, and Builder).

However, this will not be merely a statistical nor historical work. What this unique, multinational, participative work truly seeks is to help the leaders of this vast region to benefit from others’ experiences and thus enhance their politics for the years to come.

While the authors do not believe that belonging to one same geographical region makes for equal realities for every country involved, they do want to study those nations closer to Argentina. That way, each country works as a laboratory for state politics regarding the marine aspect. This is of great value for understanding ‘what the countries that do better do’ and specially to avoid doing ‘what the countries that do worse do’

In development

This research was carried out by Ing. Raúl E. Podetti with the collaboration of Ing. Carlos M. Brañas

Carlos M. Brañas

He was born in Buenos Aires in 1954 and got a degree in Nval Architecture and Marine  Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires. He started as an intern in Astarsa shipyards in 1973 and later graduated from the Argentine Navy as a scientific investigator.

He worked at the Nickman Group – a prestigious international marine engineering company that works with surveys – and since 1983 he has been working at an international shipping company designing, repairing, and developing management programs for large ship conversion projects abroad. In 1990 he founded Consulmar, a marine consulting agency very well-known in Argentina and worldwide.

He is a representative of Argentina at the Panamerican Institute of Marine Engineering (IPIN). He is also President of the Argentine Association of Marine Engineering (AAIN) and a member of the Institute of Transport at the National Engineering Academy and member of the Advising Committee of Shipbuilding Industry (law 27,418). Besides this, Brañas is a representative before the Administrative Technical Advisory Council of the Argentine Coast Guard (PNA)

Ing. Carlos Brañas