February 15th – San Lorenzo News

February 13th 2022

San Lorenzo News

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).

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

River Paraná Draft:

INA, the National Water Institute has issued it’s medium and long range forecast.

Please find attached our Report for the coming months (February into mid-April).

Weather conditions remain very dry over the whole River Paraná catchment area, South East Brazil, Paraguay, Eastern Bolivia and Northern Argentina.

Kindly follow our Daily Draft Report sent every day.

Bahia Blanca Labor conflicts:

The stevedore union in Bahia Blanca is stopping work for about one hour on each six hour shift. The protest is about a wage increase and a call for a bonus related to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

San Lorenzo, ACA Berth:

After surveys following the navigational incident where a vessel collided with the berth the CoastGuard have established a limitation for vessels berthing . The maximum LOA permitted for the moment is 180 meters.

San Lorenzo, Quebracho Berth:

Another navigational incident occurred late Saturday night at San Lorenzo (Upriver). A vessel collided with a barge and part of the installation at Cargill’s Quebracho berth. The berth is operating normally since then.

Soyabean Harvest:

The expected yield for the soyabean harvest has been reduced to 45 million tons for Argentina. This is due to the drought and prevailing dry weather conditions. The same conditions are prevailing in Paraguay whose total yield for the up coming harvest is now expected to be 5 million tons. The harvesting of the soya is due to commence during late April 2022.

Grain Markets:

It has been reported that Peru is purchasing a full Supramax lift of soyameal for April dates from Upriver port/s.

Market sources indicate that maize open for sale at Bahia Blanca is offered at USD 30 per ton premium over same product at Upriver ports. This is due to strong demand for completion vessels coming from Upriver ports.

Crew changes in Argentina:

Crew will only be allowed to disembark when a serious medical issue occurs.

In such a case a medical board will evaluate the situation and decide.


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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