National Holidays: Thursday, March 24th. Memorial Day
River Parana Draft:
We attach the River Paraná long term forecast. A small surge is expected towards the end of March. Nevertheless, the drought in the River Parana catchment areas remains and there are no expectations of recovery of water levels in the short term. The latest report issued by INA (National Water Institute) does not expect a change in the weather patterns. The lack of rain over SE Brazil, Paraguay and Eastern Boliva will prevail into the foreseeable future. Until this changes the shortage of water in the River Parana will continue.
Grain and Markets from Argentina:
Markets are accommodating to the new circumstances in the Black Sea. Sourcing of immediate needs from the area is effectively cancelled while hostilities continue in view of the attacks of vessels.
India is reported to be in short term needs of vegoil. 380 thousand tons of sunoil were purchased for delivery from Black Sea ports. This will necessarily have to be covered by soyoil and palmoil. One immediate source of sunoil and soyoil is EC SAmerica.
Maize from EC SAmerica is also expected to cover the shortfall in supplies from the Black Sea.
Bahia Blanca labor conflicts:
The stevedore union in Bahia Blanca continues protests by stopping work for one hour each shift. The stevedores are wanting a wage increase and a bonus to be paid for work during Covid-19 pandemic.
Argentina-Brazil Flag Waiver:
As from Saturday February 05th the requirement for flag-waivers on traffic between Argentina and Brazil has been lifted. Previously all traffic between the two countries had required either Argentine or Brazilian flag vessels. In case a third flagged vessel was used a waiver had to be obtained. The agreement or treaty that regulated this was not renewed by the Brazilian Government, has expired and traffic is free for any flag vessel.
Bunkers in Argentina:
The bunker supply situation is tight. The PAE refining plant at Campana is closed for scheduled maintenance and will not renew production flow until mid-March. Heavy fuels (VLSFO) are in very low supply. This refinery supplies approximately 20 to 25 per cent of the market demand.
Crew changes in Argentina:
Crew will only be allowed to disembark when a serious medical issue occurs.
In such a case a medical board will evaluate the situation and decide.
PLEASE CONSULT US PRIOR COMMENCING PROCEDURES.
Crew changes made at foreign port/s 14 days prior arrival at Argentine ports: Besides many other documents and certificates, these below are of special concern:
-Owner’s Crew changes protocol at foreign countries.
-Owner’s note (with signature and stamp of the Captain and Owners company) clarifying that the crew change was carried out taking all due precautions, etc.
-Medical certificate issued by certified professional in the country where the crew joined, not the country of origin.
-Covid test, PCR, for on-signers at port of boarding (not country of origin).
Lacking any of above (besides all usual documents) pilots will not be allowed to board until a 14-day period is counted starting from the moment the last crew-member has boarded.
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