Rio 16032011 Tuesday
Spent the whole day studying the intricacies of Brasilian beaurocracy. We start the day at the
Naval Yard presenting the ship entry permit to the Capitanaria where they refused to sign and
provide a “Saida” or exit permit to clear in and out of Brasilian harbours in this case Rio as
the 90 day permit for the ship to stay in Brasil had run out a few days previously.
So the paper chase began. From here we were sent to their main office around the corner to join
a large queue of suffering souls, but to our good fortune and the great respect this country seems
to have for its geriatricy, I was thrust forward as the token pensioner and jumped to the head of the line.
Our jubilation was short lived as the man who could sign was out. An hour had now passed and
when he did appear he declared we should do a grand tour of the Offices of State, starting with the
“Recita Federal” to get and extension of the Boat entry permit.
After a trip across town we entered a large impressive edifice, where having made our enquiries we
are advised that we would not be allowed up to his office because we were wearing shorts ! After
some discussion and Thomas pulling his shorts down as low as possible without exposing his
rosy cheeks, he was led off into the bowels of the building.
Sometime later he re-emerged to advise us that this is the wrong office and we must go to off to the
“Policia Federal” office on the Docks. A Taxi ride to the Cruise Liner end of the Docks, visitors
passes and we’re in. Half an hour later and clutching
permit for the crew to leave
down to the far end of the docks another taxi drive away and the “Duane” customs office to get
the extended stay permit for the boat
At a somewhat unimpressive breeze block lump at the Docks entrance we join a group of truckers
waiting to get off the dock. Here we are informed that both Officials who could sign are not here
as they are dealing with a Cruise Liner that had just come in. We learn from the truckers that this
mean they were being entertained with lunch on board and could be some time.
Waiting again Custums
One and half hours later, suitably baked in the afternoon Sun, a truck is despatched to pick him up.
The clock ticks on, Thomas returns with a bag of beers to ease the pain and we wait. At last, but
not so fast, there is now discussion about how they can renew something that doesn’t exist (Catch 22)
as the permit has already run out. Impassioned pleas that they could not be renewed before, as it had
run out over the weekend and Carnival period when all offices were closed
We were open came the reply, but whether it was Thomas’s smooth talking Portuguese or our
distraught looks they went for the sympathetic approach and “Stamp”, were off again and back to square one.
Back at the Capatinaria we hand in the ONLY the original boat exit permit papers we started out with
to see the result. Low and behold these were now accepted without question or a request for any of
our newly acquired paperwork and by
several beers, not necessary in that order.
Try doing that without Local knowledge and a fluent Portuguese speaker not a hope in hell!
It starts to rain as we head back to the Supermarket to stock up ready for our departure
(now we can leave) to Ilha Grande the following day. We get soaked but Thomas has ordered the G & T’s
as we arrive at the Yacht Club and wait for a break in the downpour. Nightcaps and nibbles then
collapse exhausted from the trials and tribulations of the day. The downpour and winds increase
throughout the night as we slumber oblivious.
Bob the Blog.