April 14th – Upriver/Recalada

April 14th, 2020


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.

-National Holidays: Next National Holiday is Friday May 01st, Labor Day.

-Covid-19 National Quarantine: The President announced that the National Quarantine, with severe restrictions on people’s movements is to remain in force until April 26th at the earliest. The feeling is that the severe restrictions on movement have proven successful keeping the contagion low. Therefore severe restrictions now will allow for a sooner lifting and return to normal version of life.

-Agriproducts Markets: Prices for most grain products produced in Argentina remain depressed due to the worldwide pandemic. Nevertheless, export licenses are still being requested and issued for significant volumes. The trade is moving. Today export licenses for 500,000 metric tons of wheat were issued.

-Upriver/Recalada: The proposal put forward to the Sanitary Authorities and CoastGuard last week has been accepted. As from now all Liner Vessels, Chemical Carriers and Tankers upon arrival at Recalada will be granted direct entry and will not be screened upon arrival at Recalada. Free Practique will be granted directly at port of destination after exhaustive checks by local authorities. This change is caused by the delays these vessels have incurred. Specially those arriving with less that 14 days especially proceeding from Brazilian ports. The container terminal slots were severely tested. Tramp vessels, especially bulk carriers will still need to be screened at Recalada prior boarding pilots when their arrival time is under 14 days from last “affected port”.

-Upriver/Dredger: The dredger that is working at the mouth of the Mitre Canal has now reverted to opening and granting passage to vessels both out and inbound during the two daily high tides. It was originally estimated to be operational until mid May but the estimations now are that it will continue working until mid June, 2020.


Trust that you are reading our DRAFT REPORT sent during the morning. The maximum sailing draft from San Lorenzo and Rosario is 9.33 meters (30 feet 07 inches).

The max allowed draft at the main upriver Parana Ports is expected:

in the range of 31’05” by end of April

in the range of 32’00” by beg of May.

in the range of 32’05” by mid of May.

-Necochea: The port remains open since April 09th at 1615 hrs.

-Necochea and Bahia Blanca: The grain surveyors’ union are still keeping a “work to rule” and will only attend vessels in normal working hours. Monday to Friday 0700/1900 hrs. Saturday 0700/1300 hrs.

Will keep you posted.

Best regards,
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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