December 05th – River Paraná draft

December 05th 2021

River Paraná draft

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 Holiday: Wednesday, December 08th, 2021; Saturday, December 25th, 2021 (Christmas Day). It is customary that December 24th (Christmas Eve) is also declared a holiday shortly before the date.

Crew changes in Argentina:

Despite earlier optimism about crew changes the Sanitary Authority has now placed strong restrictions on all persons who travel originating from Africa by air or by vessel. Vessels arriving from Africa will be subject to close scrutiny due to the detection of the “Omicron” variety of the ever-present Covid-19.

This is still an ongoing and developing situation.

Nevertheless, incoming crew are now allowed to join vessels provided the proper Visa and Sanitary arrangements are made at origin principally as per below:
*Full vaccination performed at least 14 days prior entry to Argentina

*Negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior first boarding

*Antigen test performed upon arrival at “safe entry corridor” point (for example Buenos Aires Airport Ezeiza)

If, in case the boarding crew member does not have full vaccination (minimum 2 doses) before boarding then the person must be kept in quarantine for 7 days and may only leave this quarantine once a negative PCR test is performed.

Crew are allowed to leave vessels on Sanitary grounds. This is understood to be with a medical certificate, issued in Argentina, that certifies the crew member is “unfit for duty onboard”. One reason considered to be “unfit for duty onboard” is in case that due to “severe distress” the crew member cannot perform his duties. Another reason is in case the crew member has an expired work contract and can prove to Sanitary Authority that he cannot wait for the vessel’s next port of call.

River Paraná draft: The forecasts as issued by the National Water Institute (INA) expect a deterioration of the water levels as from mid to end January 2022 at Upriver ports. The previous reports had suggested a forecast for steady levels but this has now been changed. Nevertheless the levels are not expected to change significantly. The are may still be affected by occasional surges that bring temporary improvements on a short term basis.

Maize 2022 harvest: The sowing for the coming Maize season is now underway. The final estimate from the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange in regards to the surface for maize is now 7,300,000 hectares. This is an increase of 500,000 hectares over the surface applied for 2021.

Wheat/Argentina: 45 per cent of the wheat area has been harvested. Yields are better than expected so the overall harvest may be over 20.3 million tons that had been forecast.

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.

Will keep you posted.

Best regards,

Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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