May 29th – River Parana dredging

May 29th 2022

River Parana dredging

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

River Parana Draft Forecast as per INA Report basis shallowest points reported May 27th:

San Lorenzo’s shallowest point now located at BELLA VISTA 450,4 depth of 9 M at Zero datum
Rosario’s shallowest point now located at Emp Canal Muelles Rosario/Alvear 410,1 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

There are no surges forecast for the coming months. River levels are expected to drop to 9.7/9.8 meters from the lower Upriver ports. We are returning to a scenario where San Lorenzo, Rosario, and San Nicolás will have differing maximum sailing drafts.

Grains and Markets:

Jordan has purchased 60 thousand feed barley for shipment early August. Origin not disclosed.
The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange maintains it’s forecast for a total harvest of 49 million tons of maize for the 2021/2022 season.
A report prepared by Arrow Shipbrokers and published in Lloyds Intelligence shows a significant drop in grain imports to Africa from Black Sea ports and the change over to ECSA ports as from the beginning of the war. Please see the graph below:

River Parana dredging:

Surveys performed early this week in the area of Km 450 of the River Parana (San Lorenzo) reduced the maximum sailing draft down by about 40 centimeters for berths in the center and north area of San Lorenzo. A dredger is now working in the area to clear the accumulated sediment. The GIOVANNI VENTURINI is expected to be working into the middle of the coming week.

Port of Diamante:
Diamante is a port that is considered the furthest “Upriver” of all the Upriver grain ports. It is located at Km 534.5 of the Parana River. It has an elevator operated by Cargill as well as an open berth.
Given the present low water levels of the Parana it has been little used. The announcement was made late last week of a preliminary dredging of the access canal in order to allow barges and smaller river vessels to enter. A second stage of dredging will be implemented shortly to improve access to larger ocean going vessels.
Exports from this port are principally grains and logs that are produced on the eastern provinces of the River Parana.

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),

ANTARES: We attach to this News a but for Nationals(*) needing VISA

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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Will keep you posted.

Best regards,

Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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