April 23rd – Upriver Dredging

April 23rd 2020

Upriver Dredging

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: Friday, May 01st 2020, Labor day. Next Monday, May 25th, May Revolution.

-Covid-19 National Quarantine: The National Quarantine, with severe restrictions on people’s movements is to remain in force until April 26th. It is taken for granted that it will be extended. Certain additional occupations will be exempted from the restrictions.

-River Parana draft restriction: Further to yesterday’s report the mv ASIA CONFIDENCE has arrived at Puerto Buitrago to commence discharge. Meantime the mv GNG CONCORD2 is at Zona Comun.

The weather forecast for the coming three weeks in all the River Parana catchment basin remain pessimistic. No substantial rain is expected to bring a larger volume of water into the Parana flow. This is also true for the River Uruguay, only navigable on its very lower stretches but still showing in its northern area great sandbanks. The dams on both rivers are reporting very low throughput of water.

-River Parana dredging: Still active with four/five dredgers working on shallow passes.

-Interrupted navigation:
mv STRATEGIC VENTURE sailing loaded downriver from San Lorenzo suffered engine trouble at Km 106, close to Zarate, during the afternoon. Navigation on the River was interrupted for a short period, about 2 hours, until the situation was solved. The vessel is now proceeding to Zarate Roads for inspection.

-Grain Markets:
Export licenses granted today April 23rd were few. 50,000 mt soya meal, 10,000 mt maize and 4,500 mt of wheat.

-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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