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.
At the time of sending this circular information, pressure is being placed upon authorities to require 14 days quarantine (to be counted as from day of departure form last port in affected countries) on vessels arriving at first sea pilot station. Once that period is completed, and Free Practique granted, the vessel would be allowed to proceed. This is a Sanitary request basing itself on that Pilots would otherwise have to enter a vessel which may be contaminated and they will be placing themselves at risk. Other parties participating in the maritime sector such as launch services at Upriver are also pressuring asking for the same treatment. Liner companies are specially affected by this potential problem with pilots and they are now negotiating an exemption if this is imposed.
It is important to note that at this time Authorities (CoastGuard, Sanitary Authority, Ministry of Transport, others) have not issued any new regulations.
Nevertheless, local situations have developed and some ports are doing their own thing. (Bahia Blanca and Necochea for example).
Soonest new regulations are issued we will advise you.
-Necochea. The mv MOUNT OWEN and the mt CTG MAGNESIUM, have today March 22nd been granted free Practique and will commence loading tomorrow March 23rd. Please recall that the quarantine was forced on the vessels mainly by Stevedore Unions and municipal (local) government. Other vessels are at Roads waiting for the quarantine period to run through.
-Bahia Blanca. Different to Necochea (above) the restrictions have been ordered by the local port administration, but the 14 period is mandatory.
-Upriver. Apart from problems for vessels entering from Recalada, the local situation is more calm. Special protection has been increased for stevedores and surveyors boarding vessels but the situation remains manageable.
Will keep you posted.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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