In view of the ongoing developing situation and different communications and instructions being issued by Sanitary Authorities of the Argentine Government we have chosen to send a consolidated daily report at the closing of working hours with an update of the day’s news.
-National Holidays: Friday, May 01st 2020, Labor day. Next Monday, May 25th, May Revolution.
-Covid-19 National Quarantine: The National Quarantine, with severe restrictions on people’s movements is to remain in force until May 10th. Some smaller cities are making circulation restrictions a little lighter. But large cities, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Santa Fé, Cordoba and Mendoza, amongst others are maintaining restrictions as before.
-Export licenses: Yesterday, April 27th, licenses were issued for 150 thousand tons of maize and 37,000 tons of soya. Today April 28th 233,000 mtons of maize, 135,000 mtons of soya meal and 25,000 mt of soyabean oil.
-River Parana dredging: The dredger DASA I continues working at San Nicolas. There are still no estimates of how long she will be working. It is worth noting that passage of vessels in the area is not obstructed. Will keep you posted.
-Bad weather: Recalada pilots was closed today 0725 until 1625. Zona Comun closed at 0820 hrs and reopened 1530 hrs. It has been blowing hard, raining strong all over the middle pampas area, including Buenos Aires. Regretfully this water will not help the Parana River draft. Southern Brazil remains with very low rainfall and that is where the water must come from. The rain did cause the input of trucks to the Upriver terminals to drop after the weekends encouraging input.
-Bahia Blanca: The grain surveyors’ union are still keeping a “work to rule” and will only attend vessels in normal working hours. Monday to Friday 0700/1900 hrs. Saturday 0700/1300 hrs.
-Necochea: The port closed this evening, April 28th at 2035 hrs due to high waves and strong winds. The storm affecting the south western Atlantic is massive.
Will keep you posted.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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