Ex-Sembcorp Marine consultant gets 19-year jail sentence in Brazil

Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine has announced that a federal court in Brazil has sentenced Guilherme Esteves de Jesus, a former advisor to the company’s subsidiary Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA), to prison for corruption, money laundering and participation in a criminal organisation.

De Jesus was involved in corruption in connection with certain drilling rig construction contracts entered into by subsidiaries of Sembcorp Marine with Sete Brasil in 2012, and sentenced to 19 years and 4 months in prison. He was also fined. Brazilian Federal Prosecutors has filed further charges against him for money laundering, with proceedings still ongoing.

Both of Singapore’s major shipbuilders, Sembcorp Marine and Keppel Offshore and Marine, have been caught up in Operation Car Wash which began in March 2014. The investigations are centred around a bribes-for-inflated-contracts corruption scheme involving Brazil’s state oil firm Petrobras and rig company Sete Brasil.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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