José Firmo

Porto do Açu, and Vice-President, International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)


José Firmo took over as Porto do Açu Operações’ CEO in November 2019. With more than 30 years of experience in the O&G services area, Firmo has built a solid international career having worked in several companies of the sector. Previously, he was president of Seadrill Brazil and later Senior Vice President for Western Hemisphere at Seadrill in Houston. He also dedicated 22 years for Schlumberger as Managing Director of the company's operations in Brazil and as VP for Latin America. He also developed relevant institutional roles as CEO of the Brazilian Association of Oil Service Companies (ABESPETRO) and President of the Brazilian Petroleum, Gás and Biofuel Institute (IBP), a position he held until October 2019. 

Sessions With José Firmo

Tuesday, 31 October

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm (GST) / 31/oct/2023 07:45 am - 31/oct/2023 08:30 am

    Panel: The Role of Ports as Clean Energy Marine Hubs

    Ports will only become part of the maritime energy transition if they can attract the public-private investments needed to create the infrastructure for zero carbon fuels, half of which will need to be transported by ship from the new exporting countries to consumers. Future port energy hubs cannot afford to lose the competition to other land-based centers for producing and disturbing these new energies, otherwise shipping itself will lose access to these fuels. This session explores the role of ports as clean energy marine hubs.