ACA Terminal Timbues
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 Holiday: Thursday, July 09th (Tomorrow), Independence Day and Friday July 10th “Bridge Holiday”.
ACA Terminal Timbues: Today was the official inauguration of ACA Terminal at Timbues, with a “virtual” attendance by the President. The terminal has a storage capacity for 200,000 metric tons of grains and a maximum design loading capacity of 3,400 metric tons per hour. This will certainly be a challenge to vessel’s de-ballasting while alongside. For the time being, the terminal will be fed by trucks only, but it is estimated that the railway siding will be completed and functioning by late August/early September.
*** IMPORTANT *** Recalada/Zona Comun. New procedures for arriving vessels:
As from Sunday June 14th, the CoastGuard medics are not attending at Recalada. The change is that now medics are boarding vessels at Zona Comun, but only as from 0900 hours. It means that the preliminary inspection has added cost. Each vessel must pay a launch service for the two medics and additionally the pilots charge an anchoring fee. This will amount to additional cost as follows:
USD 1,900.00 launch service, Monday to Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays USD 2,080.00
USD ——– Pilot’s anchoring fee calculated as follows: USD 14.00 per Fiscal Unit of the vessel. FUs are calculated basis (LOA x Beam x Molded depth)/800.
The latest instruction is that inbound vessels will sail from Recalada so as to arrive at Zona Comun approximately 0800 hours so as to be inspected during daylight hours. On the other hand most vessels arriving at Recalada with more than 14 days since last port of call are frequently allowed to proceed to load port without stoppage.
Recalada: Recalada closes often due to swell and high winds. Usual during the early winter months.
Necochea: The port was opened on Thursday, July 02nd at 0830 with reduced swell and wind. It had closed on June 30th at 1345.
Bahia Blanca: Pilotage service is being rendered normally.
Export licenses: Today, Wednesday July 08th licenses were issued for 64,000 metric tons of soymeal, 30,300 metric tons of soft wheat, 7,000 metric tons of soyoil, 3,000 metric tons of malt and 3,000 metric tons of wheat flour.
Maize and soya: Upriver ports and terminals had an input of 3,051 trucks. Of those 1,390 were maize and 1,367 were soya beans. Rail input was 11 maize wagons and 37 wagons of soya beans at Punta Alvear. Bahia Blanca received 929 trucks. Of those 469 were soyabeans and 418 were maize.
Covid-19 National Quarantine: Between July 01st and July 17th Buenos Aires and the suburbs are being subjected to very strict quarantine.
The Province of Santa Fe has been relaxing the restrictions. This includes Arroyo Seco, Rosario, San Lorenzo and Timbues. But this means that all persons coming from City and Province of Buenos Aires will be subjected to a 14 day quarantine before being allowed to take up residence, even if it is for only one night. All towns have restricted access. Over the last few days vessels calling in the area have had to suspend or ask for extension to surveys because surveyors come from Buenos Aires.
One solution to this, although partial, is that a remote survey is carried out which allows the vessel to be granted an interim extension to be granted by Class and Flag.
Crew changes: Crew changes in Argentina and Uruguay are not possible TODAY. The European Union has announced that flights from Uruguay will be allowed to enter when they are resumed. When this is specified and flight schedules are pre-advised we will keep you posted. For Argentina there are no formal changes yet. Some airlines are planning a return soon to schedule flights due to start rolling in as from early July. Air France being the first.
Will keep you posted.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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