January 13th 2022
Flag waiver Arg-Brazil
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 14th, until Monday January 17th 2022, 0800 hrs)
– HQ Buenos Aires:
Manuel García Claveria +54 9 11 5578 4559
Germán Stoppo +54 9 11 6434 1673
Franco Gabriel Ostojic +54 9 11 6656 1678
Pablo Faggiani +54 9 11 6656 1681
Walter Nestor Travaglini +54 9 11 3156 1680
Tugboat service: Tug boats are under a mandatory truce period imposed by the Ministry of Labor since December 21st. This period has been extended until Tuesday January 18th. It appears this will be the last extension. Negotiations remain ongoing. We will keep you posted.
River Parana Draft: The River Parana draft has taken an un-forecast significant drop over the last few days. The revised figures prepared by INA (National Water Institute) estimate that the drop will now last into February and that the recovery will be only during March. We strongly urge you to follow our DAILY DRAFT REPORT for updated news.
Heat wave: Most of Argentina is covered with a heat wave during this week. Electricity consumption has soared, the Government has sent all non-essential public staff to do home office in order to reduce consumption. Nevertheless there have been power cuts all over the country.
Covid-19 in Argentina: Covid cases continue on the rise. Some sectors of business activity are now being hampered by the lack of staff. Airlines are cancelling flights due to lack of crew, some port terminals have suspended shifts for the same reasons. Today’s reported contagion was 128,402 cases. Slightly down from yesterday.
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. In the meantime the “affected” parties have been placing pressure and looking for manners to keep their privileges. Due to this pressure it may result that there will be some and possible backlash in the market prior to February 2022. We shall keep you posted on developments.
Crew changes in Argentina: Restrictions have placed on all persons travelling who originate or transit via Africa due to the detection of the “Omicron” variety of Covid-19.
This is still an ongoing and developing situation.
Incoming crew are now allowed to join vessels provided the proper Visa and Sanitary arrangements are made at origin principally as per below:
*Visas are issued prior entry at the corresponding Argentine Consulate for nationalities required.
The list of nationalities that require visas is available at: this link
*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.
PLEASE CONSULT US PRIOR COMMENCING PROCEDURES.
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.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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