August 09th – Bunker deliveries at Zona Comun

August 02nd 2022

Dredging on the River Parana

National Holidays: Monday, August 15th, San Martin Day

River Parana Draft Forecast:

Bahia Blanca Tugboats:

The Seamen’s Union in Bahia Blanca is calling a protest that started today August 9th.
Tugboat services will only be rendered between 0700 and 1900 hours until further notice.
For the moment this is a local protest that is limited to Bahia Blanca only.

Grains and Markets:

Jordan is looking for 120 thousand tons of barley in December or January dates, and The Philippines are wanting freight for 150 thousand tons October or November, barley also.
Both countries are also expected to be coming into the market for similar volumes of wheat but at slightly later dates.
Argentine market sources say that 49 per cent of the 49 million tons of the soya bean harvest has already been sold.

Diesel Oil Imports:

Local diesel oil production is still lagging behind market demand. The Government has authorized further imports which will be used in part to support the diesel oil used for generating electricity and also, to cover the market requirement to fuel road and rail transport. The principal importer is till “Cammesa” for electricity generation but also there will be participation of the “local oil majors”.

Concepcion del Uruguay:

Concepción del Uruguay is a port on the River Uruguay at Kilometer 187.1
The port is now developing traffic over the last few years with shipments of pine logs. This relatively “light” cargo is loaded up to the port’s maximum draft (varies daily) of about 7.5 meters fresh water. The completion cargo is then lifted at Ibicuy to amount to totals of about 30 thousand tons.
In order to attract more shippers to the port, and to align with the Government’s intention to deepen the River Uruguay, there is an investment plan being put into motion to improve access roads to the port.
Also, to increase the mooring frontage by 550 meters and allow berthing of Panamax vessels. Additional, shallower draft frontage of about 1,000 meters to offer mooring for barges.
Total forecast investment is USD 42 millions until 2030.

Weather the rest of the week. Bunker deliveries at Zona Comun:

Rough weather, that may interrupt STS operations is forecast for Thursday and Friday.
As always the STS operation is up to the discretion of the master’s of the vessels involved.

Will keep you posted.
Best regards,
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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