December 18, 2019 / 12:32 PM / a month ago

Brazil targets Maersk, Tide Maritime and Ferchem in Petrobras corruption probe

Maersk containers are seen at the Port of Santos, Brazil September 23, 2019. Picture taken September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil federal prosecutors on Wednesday said shipping companies Maersk, Tide Maritime and Ferchem were targets in the latest phase of a wide-ranging corruption probe for alleged graft involving shipping contracts with state-run oil firm Petrobras.

Prosecutors said in a statement that at least $3.4 million in bribes were allegedly paid in relation to 11 contracts between Maersk and Petroleo Brasileiro SA with a value of 592 million reais ($141.07 million).

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Louise Heavens

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