The Strike of the Oil Crushers Union
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: December 24th noon onwards and December 25th. Also December 31st noon and January 01st 2021. The Government today announced that Thursday 24th and Thursday 31st will be holidays for State employees. On this basis overtime will be due for Customs, Immigration, Senasa and such.
Strikes in Argentina: The strikes which began on December 09th remain ongoing. The unions today decided that the strike of the Oil Crushers Union will continue for another 24 hours with a further meeting tomorrow 18th pm. Neither side is willing to give way.
It must be stressed that the strike is now narrowing down to a head butting fight that is different to the other union (URGARA). URGARA are coming to agreements with employers and are going back to work. The situation is now focalized to the crusher’s union and employers. One must also understand that the other activities in the ports are working normally, same as mooring gangs, boat services, break bulk cargo, stevedores, wet cargoes, etc.
Renova – Not working. Vessel alongside
Cofco – Not working. Vessel alongside
LDC Timbues – Not working. Vessel alongside
ACA Timbues – Working. Vessel alongside
AGD Timbues – Not working. Berth free
Profertil – Working. Berth free
Minera Alumbrera – Not working. Berth free
Terminal 6 – Not working. Vessel alongside at South Berth
Arauco – Not working. Berth free
Quebracho – Not working. Berth free
TFA – Working. Vessel alongside
Cofco PGSM – Not working. Vessel alongside
ADM PGSM – Working. Berth free.
Pampa and Dempa – Not working. Berth free
ACA – Working. Vessel alongside
Vicentin – Not working. Berth free
San Benito – Not working. Vessel alongside
Unidad 6 y 7 – Working. Vessels alongside
Cargill VGG – Not working. Vessel alongside
Cargill Punta Alvear – Not working. Vessel alongside
Ldc Lagos – Not working. Berth free
ADM Arroyo Seco – Working. Berth free
Necochea: Two vessels in port. Both working normally.
Bahia Blanca: All grain loading operations are interrupted by Grain Surveyors Union. Agreement reached between ADM management and Grain Surveyors Union.
ADM Terminal would now return to work. TBC
Quebracho, San Lorenzo: Scheduled maintenance date during December to be re-confirmed once strikes are lifted.
Scheduled maintenance from January 25th till February 07th 2021.
San Nicolas, Puerto Buitrago, TERNIUM berth: The Ternium berth at San Nicolas (Puerto Buitrago) has now put back the dredging as of December 22nd. This is expected to last about four days.
Wheat 2020 harvest: The final estimate for the wheat harvest is now 16.5 million tons.
Barley and wheat: Tunisia has purchased 4 x 25.000t soft wheat, 4 x 25.000t durum, and 4 x 25.000t feed barley for shipment between Jan and Feb on a CIF basis. Different origins.
Pilot boat strike: The crews of the pilot boats remain on strike as from December 1st night. Because the service is interrupted the CoastGuard will cover the service with their own vessels/cutters.
Flag Waivers Argentina/Brazil: The Government put aside the requirement that vessels needing a flag waiver for cargoes between Argentina and Brazil be nominated 21 days prior commencement of the laycan. This is a very unusual move because the Government has moved directly against the vested interests that were profiting from this requirement.
Crew changes Argentina: The borders remain closed and crew changes are not permitted. Despite earlier optimism plans to restart internal flights as from October 01st have been postponed until further notice. On this basis it is difficult to be optimistic regarding the opening of the border restrictions and regular international flights within the coming weeks. The Immigration Department have reviewed the situation, but for the moment there will be no changes.
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 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 at the moment 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:
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.
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 does not require Chilean visa to come to Chile can apply to safe-conduct.
Once arrived to 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 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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