September 23rd 2021
River Parana Dredging and buoying
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.
ANTARES: We attach to this News a flyer with the full detail of all our staff for your ready reference. Both for our office in Buenos Aires and for San Lorenzo (Upriver).
Week end duty staff: (Friday noon, October 01st, until Monday, 0800 hrs, October 04th)
– HQ Buenos Aires:
Horacio Vazquez +54 9 11 5578 4554
German Stoppo +54 9 11 6434 1673
Sebastián José Ferrara +54 9 11 3156 1679
Franco Gabriel Ostojic +54 9 11 6656 1678
Sebastian Simonella +54 9 11 6434 1674
Walter Nestor Travaglini +54 9 11 3156 1680
*** National Holidays: Monday, October 11th, National Cultural Respect Day.
Trade EC SAmerica/India: Due to a change (sudden) in India’s sanitary regulations, as from now GMO soya meal is allowed to be imported. This modification of the regulations has been caused by a shortfall of regular suppliers for the Indian market and allows the import of soya meal made of GMO modified meal from Argentina and Brazil.
River Parana Dredging and buoying: A further contract has been signed with EMEPA for the buoying of the River Parana and the River Plate. EMEPA was the company within the Hidrovia consortium that took care of the buoying maintenance.
Covid 19 Restrictions and Crew Changes in Argentina: The Government has now allowed entry for foreign tourists to Ushuaia through “safe” corridors. This is the way to encourage what is left of the very meager cruise season around South America for 2021/2022.
Argentina wheat 2021/2022: There still remains a certain amount of concern regarding the Brazilian wheat receivers, but all the noise at the beginning of the week is calming down when the real proportions of the “panic” were measured. In the meantime the forecasts for the coming harvest are slightly below 20 million tons. The dry conditions over the winter have affected the yields although recent rain showers have raised hopes again.
Bahia Blanca – Tug service: Tug boats are now working for 12 hours per day, every day. The 12 hour work period will be counted as from the first service of the day. After this period is finished there will be no further services during the next 12 hours. Necochea has been applying this procedure for the last few years. This is due to a wage dispute between crews and tug boat owners.
Necochea – Quarantine period: Sanitary Authorities have allowed the quarantine period for vessels calling at Necochea to be reduced to 7 days ONLY in the case when vessels are coming from a previous port in Argentina with Free Practique. Otherwise a period of 14 days remains in force. The 14 or 7 day period is to be counted as from the date of departure from the last foreign port of call. In case the 7 day period is to be invoked the vessel must produce negative Covid tests on all crew. Tests are to be taken upon arrival at Necochea.
San Pedro: The port administration of San Pedro has agreed with all port and riverway authorities to offer their roads for anchorage to Owners. Less expensive than Villa Constitucion, the cost is per day USD 0.25 per ship’s Net Tonnage Register per each Calendar Day plus custom house overtime at all times while anchored. This anchorage is located at Km 273 to 274 left Margin of Parana River, space for six vessels (max loa 225m – greater loa will need special authorization). Suitable for: Waiting layup, hold and tank cleaning, Supplies, etc. The only operations not allowed are those that may cause spillage or pollution, like transshipment or bunkering.
Asian Gypsy Moth Inspections in Argentina: The inspections are being performed by SENASA (National Animal and Vegetable Health Service) at about one third of vessels having called agm-listed ports, performed alongside, in daylight and without delaying operations.
Crew changes made at previous port/s 14 days prior arrival in 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.
Crew Changes in Neighbor countries:
Crew changes Uruguay:On and Off signing crew are allowed entry into the country under very strict restrictions. On-signers must have a prior negative Covid 19 test 72 hours prior to being allowed entry. Crew members boarding are not allowed to stop at any stage between landing at the airport (Montevideo) and boarding the vessel. Once onboard the vessel they must comply with a 14-day quarantine onboard before being allowed to work. Departing crew must proceed directly from the vessel to the airport. Considering that there are now few international flights these requirements make it very difficult for crew members to enter or leave the country. Additionally, to this before a boarding crew member is allowed permit of entry the agreement of Sanitary Authority, Immigration and Coastguard must be obtained. The best way of achieving a successful crew change at Uruguay is to have the vessel do this OUTBOUND at Recalada/Montevideo anchorage when the vessel’s schedule is not bound so much by weather and port congestions.
Crew changes Chile: Chilean colleagues have supplied us with the following detail to proceed for crew changes in Chile:
Kindly note a protocol has been issued to allow crew changes while our borders are still closed for non-Chilean citizens, here you will find requiring points to be complied with:
OFF SIGNERS Authorities are allowing for crew members to disembark and take their flights from Chile to their final destinations with following conditions:
• Providing all information about the intended disembarking to the Health, Maritime, Migration Authorities via Agency at least 72 hours in advance including names, citizenship, passport number, name of vessel, and full repatriation flight schedule (attached file with data requested).
• Completing a 14 days quarantine period on board in good health condition since the vessel sailed from the last foreign port prior to disembarking in Chile.
• Submitting the on-line affidavit for travelers to prevent Coronavirus diseases (attached).
• Not presenting any symptoms of COVID19 (Health Service may order a health check at any time)
• Moving directly from the disembarking port to the airport or designated sanitary residence (in case 14 days of quarantine not completed). Max. period permitted in the hotel is 5 days.
• Wearing personal health protection items such as face mask, face shield, gloves and hand sanitizer while in our country.
ON SIGNERS Before trip. We need to send to Ministry of Transport a few points (attached file with data requested).
Once received and double checked, they will send the approval to Consulate where joiner will come from.
The crew member must going personally to the respective Consulate, for taking a picture, fingerprint.
If all going well, the consulate will notify to Immigration, Health Service and sanitary borders, that crew member can travel and get in to Chilean territory. Along with this a safe-conduct document will be provided. This document will be mandatory and must be presented on arrival to Chile. IMPORTANT: Only crew members who do not require Chilean visa to come to Chile can apply to safe-conduct. Once arrived in Chile. At any time, must wear facial mask and carry own protective items for COVID-19 Immigration would check that all documents are in order, if so, will be provided the SHORE PASS (crew member immigration card). The Health Inspector will make an evaluation of crew health, if do not have any symptom of COVID 19, her entry will be granted. In case to have any symptom or to result positive in the preliminary Covid test, would be isolated and the entry would be denied. Transportation from International airport to the port must be exclusive. So, domestic flights are not permitted and either intercity buses service (commercial). Also important for both, on signers and off signers, is to have a tentative flight schedule (complete route), this is necessary to start formalities with authorities. We estimate about 5-7 business days to complete formalities.
Will keep you posted.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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