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: Monday, June 15th, Güemes Day. Saturday, June 20th, Flag Day.
Covid-19 National Quarantine: The National Quarantine has now been extended until June 28th.
At the main ports the sanitary measures remain unchanged and attendance is well coordinated. The Ship’s Agency tasks are allowed to continue with few restrictions and strict sanitary procedures are applied. Upriver ports are working close to normal with strict sanitary enforcement.
As mentioned before Bahia Blanca and Necochea are very rigid imposing in nearly all cases a 14 day quarantine on arriving vessels. The 14 days are counted as from departure from the last port of call.
Recalada. New procedures for arriving vessels: As from today, Sunday June 14th, the CoastGuard medics will not be attending at Recalada. Until yesterday the medics would board inbound vessels at anchorage Recalada prior boarding pilots. The change is that now medics will board vessels at Zona Comun. To this effect CoastGuard has organized inbound vessels in convoys that sail from Recalada to Zona Comun. Departure from Recalda is at approximately 0100 hours with a plan to arrive at 0900 hours. Today many vessels were delayed by following this procedure. There will most likely be extra charges from pilots due to anchoring and possible delays if there are too many vessels at the anchorage. Will keep you posted.
San Nicolas: The north side of the New Port berth will be closed for dredging as from June 11th until June 14th. We shall be reporting back tomorrow on the result of this effort.
Timbues: Rail access to the terminals continues progressing. It is estimated that by August this year the first trials will be performed allowing access to the five terminals in the areas by railway.
Rail access to the terminals.
Vicentin: The saga still continues. The meeting held between President Fernandez and the Vicentin management has produced significant confusion. In all honesty it is not known well what was discussed or if any commitments were made. Many in Government circles insist on a straight out expropriation.
Export licenses: Licenses were issued on Thursday, June 11th for 86,400 metric tons of soya meal, 59,100 mt of feed barley, 17,400 metric tons soyoil and 6,800 metric tons of maize.
Recalada, Zona Comun, and Upriver ports have been closed during morning hours due to fog for short periods.
Necochea: The port remains closed since June 13th at 0120 hours due to high swell and strong winds.
Bahia Blanca: Pilotage service is being rendered normally.
Chile: Colleagues in Chile have informed us that ports are operating normally. The only port that is applying a 14 day quarantine is Puerto Montt, this in order to allay fears of the local population.
Will keep you posted.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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