February 03rd – Grains Markets and Trading

February 03rd 2022

Grains Markets and Trading

ANTARES: We attach to this News a flyer with the full detail of all our staff for your ready reference. Both for our office in Buenos Aires and for San Lorenzo (Upriver).

Week end duty staff: (Friday noon, January 28th, until Monday January 31st 2022, 0800 hrs)

– HQ Buenos Aires:

Manuel García Claveria +54 9 11 5578 4559

Gastón Cabrera +54 9 11 5578 4556

– Upriver:

Agustin More +54 9 11 3156 1677

Franco Gabriel Ostojic +54 9 11 6656 1678

Walter Nestor Travaglini +54 9 11 3156 16800

National Holidays: Monday, February 28th and Tuesday March 01st, Carnival

Flag waiver Arg-Brazil: As we have informed previously the requirement for flag waivers on cargoes carried on trade between Argentina and Brazil (and vice versa) should be lifted as from February 05th 2022. This was needed because of an agreement/treaty in place since the mid-80s. Middle of 2021 year the Brazilian Government denounced this treaty and as per the terms agreed it will be lifted as of February 05th 2022. We shall keep you posted on developments.

Grains Markets and Trading:

The total soya crushed in Argentina during 2021 was 42.4 million tons. This is an increase of 18 per cent over 2020 which was NOT a good year due to the beginning of the Pandemic. The absolute record was 2016 when 44.5 million tons were crushed.

India’s oil imports are expected to increase by 6 per cent during the coming month. This stimulated by reduced import taxes to cover domestic shortages.

Garbage Control

Garbage Control in Argentina has reverted from Coast Guard back to SENASA. Coast Guard inspections were “benevolent” and infrequent, usually incorporated into PSC under MARPOL guidelines. With a return to SENASA there may be more frequent inspections. Masters are encouraged to pay special attention to stored quantities and securing of the garbage containers. These items were subject to special scrutiny by inspectors. The situation is being monitored closely and Masters will be pre-advised.

Tugboat service: Tugboats have returned to a “work to rule” after the expiry of the mandatory truce imposed by the Ministry of Labor. In Bahia Blanca and Necochea they work for 12 hours per day (every day) which start counting from the first service rendered.

Covid-19 in Argentina: New reported Covid cases today, Thursday 03rd are 42,437. The horizon is not yet clear but it is clarifying. Enough that schools are expected to return to normal by early March when the School year starts.

Crew changes in Argentina are not yet straight forward:

ON-SIGNERS and OFF SIGNERS: A situation has arisen between Government entities that has effectively complicated crew change issue.

To all intents and purposes crew will only be allowed to disembark when a serious medical issue happens.

In such a case a medical board will evaluate the situation and decide, but once again, crew changes are becoming very complicated to perform.


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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