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San Julián is a small town in the province of Santa Cruz of some 7000 inhabitants located in a mining area (Cerro Vanguardia).
There is also sheep breeding and a modest tourism activity based on the nearby animal reserves and also a small fishing industry; it is located on the Highway Nº 3 which links all the main patagonian towns. The closest commercial airport is in Río Gallegos, some 350 kilometers away.

Port activity:

For the last decade the port has been idle; however, ocean going refrigerated vessels enter to receive frozen squid or other, from vessels fishing in the area; transshipments are effected either alongside or at the outer and inner anchorages.

Description of berth:

A concrete jetty on pilings situated adjacent to Punta Caldera composed of a platform, 62 m long, 20 m wide, parallel to the shore with two outlying mooring dolphins at 60 m from each end, connected by metal gangways. The jetty lies about 100 m from the shore, connected by a causeway. The approach ashore is wide and paved and there is a port warehouse equipped with one forklift truck. During 2009, the electrical gear at the pier was renewed.

Access:

By northern channel on rising tide on bearings shown on chart.

Depth:

Northern access channel, about 1,20 m (4 ft) at datum. Alongside berth about 6,20 m (20 ft) at datum. Restrictions: Pilots recommend maximum draft around 6,40 m (21 ft) depending on tidal conditions, with daylight only entering/sailing.

Port equipment:

Mobile cranes: 1×50 ton, forklifts: 1×3 ton, 1×2 ton.

Roads:

With strong westerly wind anchorage SE of Cabo Curioso with about 8 shackles out is recommended. Pilots: No pilots stationed locally and must embark/disembark at outer roads of Santa Cruz or Puerto Deseado.

Slops / Sludge:

By truck.

Local communications:

San Julián Prefectura Naval Radio(Coastguard) call sign L4M. R/T on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 Mhz. VHF on channel 12, 14 (continuous).

Medical aid:

Available at District Hospital and 2 private clinics.

Hotels:

Three small residential hotels/hostels.

Transport:

Regular bus service via Highway Nº 3 north to Buenos Aires and south to RÍo Gallegos via intermediate cities. Flights once a week connecting to cities north and south but often irregular.

Loadline:

Seasonal winter. See ILLC.

Repairs:

Minor repairs only can be carried out.

Stores/victuals:

Early advise must be given as there is a limited quantity of most commodities.

Tides:

Semidiurnal.