Sevan Marine said Monday it has hired a law firm to investigate alleged ties to a years long corruption scheme at Brazil’s Petrobras.
The company has engaged Norway’s Selmer law firm for the investigation and said it is offering its full cooperation.
“Sevan Marine as recently become aware of articles in the Brazilian press which refer to a former manager and agent of Sevan Marine being named in connection with the Brazilian authorities’ investigation into corrupt activities involving Petrobras and Operation Car Wash,” the Norway-based company said.
The company added that it has been in contact with relevant authorities about the matter.
Several former Petrobras executives have been arrested since Brazilian authorities began their probe into the state-owned company last year.
Former Petrobras downstream executive Paulo Roberto Costa told a Brazilian court that executives at several companies were inflating the price of Petrobras contracts and skimming off the excess funds.
Construction and engineering companies with ties to Petrobras have also been pulled into the investigation.
Earlier this month, former Petrobras director Pedro Barusco told a Brazilian court that a group of shipbuilding companies, including Keppel FELS and Jurong Shipyard, paid brides to win contracts with Sete Brasil, a state owned shipbuilder that provide’s vessels to Petrobras.
Barusco, who also served as the director of Sete Brasil, told officials that the companies paid bribes to Sete through intermediaries to win contracts for 21 deepwater drilling vessels worth about $800 million each.
Last week, Petrobras asked a U.S. district court judge to throw out an investor lawsuit tied to the corruption probe, claiming the company is also a victim of fraud.
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said he would rule on Petrobras’ request within the next two weeks.