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, Independence Day and Friday July 10th “Bridge Holiday”.
Covid-19 National Quarantine: As from July 01st until July 17th Buenos Aires and the suburbs will be submitted to an stricter 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.
*** IMPORTANT *** Recalada/Zona Comun. New procedures for arriving vessels: As from Sunday June 14th, the CoastGuard medics will not be attending at Recalada. Until then the medics would board inbound vessels at anchorage Recalada prior boarding pilots. The change is that now medics are boarding vessels at Zona Comun, but only as from 0900 hours. It means that now the preliminary inspection has added cost. Each vessel must pay a launch service for the attending medics and additionally the pilots charge an anchoring fee. This will amount to additional cost as follows:
USD 1,200.00 launch service, Monday to Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays USD 1,680.00
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.
Crew changes: Crew changes in Argentina and Uruguay are not possible until further notice. The borders are closed. No international flights allowed.
Recalada: Recalada closes often due to swell and high winds. Usual during the early winter months.
Necochea: The port opened on June 27th at 0830 hours upon improved weather conditions.
Bahia Blanca: Pilotage service is being rendered normally.
Locusts: The swarm has settled in Southern Province of Corrientes, across the River Parana from the Mid reaches of the River. Given prevailing weather and winds it could cross the border into South Brazil.
Plaga de langostas avanza por Argentina/ Imagen ilustrativa. (EFE)
Vicentin: No reports on changes or further plans over the weekend. Wrangling continues but nothing central to the issue.
River Parana draft: Rains have been reported over South Brazil and more are reported for the next weeks by weather forecasters. This leads to believe that the River Parana situation will improve over with slight return of regular water flows, and the worst may be over. There is no great improvement but more a gradual return into the arrival of the Southern Hemisphere spring.
Export licenses: On Thursday, June 25th, licenses were issued for 151,000 metric tons of maize, 31,400 metric tons of soya meal and 17,000 metric tons of wheat byproducts.
Maize, soya meal and soya beans: On Thursday, June 25th, 3,143 trucks counted at Upriver ports. 1,763 were maize and 1,190 soya. Cargill received 30 wagons of maize at Punta Alvear.
Bahia Blanca counted 1,052 trucks, of which 579 were maize.
The ratio is 32 tons per truck and 45 tons per wagon.
Will keep you posted.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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