June 02nd – River Parana Draft

June 02nd 2022

River Parana Draft

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National Holidays: June 17th and June 20th (extra-long weekend)


Further surveys performed on the River now establish a new determinant for northern berths at Rosario (TPR, Unit VI/VII, Cargill VGG and Cargill Punta Alvear) with a depth of 9.20 for that area at Zero datum. Meantime a dredger is working at the shallow area of Km 450.4 in San Lorenzo.

River Parana Draft Forecast as per INA Report basis shallowest points reported May 26th:

San Lorenzo’s shallowest point now located at BORGHI/BELLA VISTA 447,1 depth of 9 M at Zero datum
Rosario’s shallowest point now located at Alvear 404,3 depth of 9,2M at Zero datum
San Nicolas’ shallowest point now located at Arriba Obligado 311,6 depth of 9,9M at Zero datum

A small surge will be occurring during the second half of June that will be making the maximum sailing draft from Rosario and San Lorenzo be equal to San Nicolas.

Grains and Markets:
Jordan has purchased 60 thousand wheat for loading 2nd half August.
Egypt is also in the market, but only from EU origin.
India granted 2 million tons of soy oil to be imported duty free. Most of this to be sourced from ECSA.

Argentine Soya bean harvest:
A new estimation of the Argentine soya bean harvest puts the total at 43.3 million tons for 2022. This is an increase over the last estimate of 42 million tons. Argentina has an over capacity of crushing facilities. Given that the Paraguayan harvest is going to be very small it is expected that the crushing industry will be placing a heavy demand to keep themselves busy. The overall result is that soya meal will be plentiful for export along with soya oil.

Argentine Barley:
Barley is now an increasing export commodity from southern ports in Argentina. Mainly Bahia Blanca and Necochea. The hostilities in the Black Sea area have turned the focus to ECSA. Forecast for the coming harvest 2022/2023 are very optimistic as the demand increases and this grain makes a comeback. It also has the “advantage” that it can be sown in the same areas as wheat and is not levied with an export tax. The projection is of 5.4 million tons for 2022/2023, and increase of more than one million tons over 2021/2022. These figure are a total of malting and feed barley.

Jan de Nul Argentina:
Jan de Nul, now the principal contractor for dredging the Rivers Parana and Plate has brought a new dredger to add it’s operations. The “Pancho” is a small size vessel designed to work in smaller spaces such as harbors at access canals. The vessel can dredge to a depth of 20 meters. She will soon be joined by her sister “Cosette”. Both were built in the Netherlands.

Argentine Offshore prospecting and production:

Pressure groups are making themselves felt both in favor and against off-shore oil, but mainly gas, prospecting. The exploration and eventual exploitation of these off-shore resources is getting groups together to either object or else support the prospecting off-shore. Production prospects are optimistic, and the bidders of the areas have asked for extensions of their permits into 2024. The total area covers approximately 15,000 square kilometers.
The ports that are bidding to be home to the servicing are Mar del Plata and Bahia Blanca.

Pilotage tariffs increase recap 2022:
As from February 1st, River Plate Pilots announced an increase of about 5% on transportation expenses (ground and boat services).
As from May 1st, Parana River Pilots announced an increase of about 5% on transportation expenses (ground and boat services).
As from May 1st, Port Pilots have announced an increase of about 17% on transportation expenses (ground and boat services).
Additionally Port pilots have now “interpreted” the regulations in the same light as other pilots, and they will start charging for dropping and weighing anchors. These additional “maneuvers”, when they take place, will involve extra charges of (usd 14 x vessel’s FU ((LOA x BEAM x DEPTH)/800)), about USD 2,000.00 for Supramax vessels and USD 2,500.00 for Panamax vessels. While port pilots will start applying it this year, River Plate and Parana River Pilots have been charging additional maneuvers for several years already.

Bahia Blanca stevedores:
Bahia Blanca stevedores:

Stevedores are stopping work for one to two hours during each six-hour shift in protest claiming a Covid-19 bonus. This action has now been ongoing for a few weeks.

ARGENTINA – Crew changes:
Regulations for Crew Changes are being relaxed in almost all major Ports (except Necochea),

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the process is still quite long.

Process for Crew Change:

1.Joining and departing crew must have full vaccination scheme completed (two doses) 48 hours prior joining or departing vessel.
2.A sworn statement must be signed.
3.Joining and departing crew that do NOT have the full vaccination scheme must have an antigen test performed not more than 48 hours prior or a PCR test not more than 72 hours prior joining or departing the vessel.
4.Requests for visas to be issued at Consulates must be presented to Immigration offices, via Agents.
5.Disembarking crew will need to have a Covid health insurance that covers them for about one year in case the crew member is detected as infected after leaving the vessel and prior to leaving the country.

Estimated Time for On Signers without needing VISA: 5/7 (five/seven) days
Estimated Time for On Signers needing VISA: 10 (ten) days
Estimated Time for Off Signers: 5 (five) days


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