January 30th 2022
Flag waiver Arg-Brazil
National Holidays: Monday, February 28th and Tuesday March 01st, Carnival
Grains Markets and Trading: South Korea has purchased a full Panamax cargo of SoyaBean Meal (60,000 mt more or less) from Upriver and completion for shipment End March-Early April 2022 dates.
Philippines has also purchased a full Panamax Soyabean Meal cargo with February shipment dates. Again Upriver plus completion.
On a more local scale Viterra (formerly Glencore) are intensifying negotiations locally in order to take control of the now judicially managed Vicentin. Vicentin declared chapter 11 during early 2020. A consortium of companies which includes Viterra, Molinos Agro and the Coop ACA are now managing most of the assets of the company and they are now looking for a permanent property agreement in order to control crushing and loading facilities located principally in Santa Fé province. This in addition to the 50 per cent stake in Renova plant which is a crushing and loading facility at Timbues (Northern Upriver).
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 are 63,884 for Friday 28th. Reported cases are dropping slowly. Nearly all cases are of the Omicron variety. Life seems to be returning to normal.
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 regulatory backlash 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)
*Even if the boarding crew members have full vaccination (minimum 2 doses) they must be kept in quarantine for 5 days and may only leave this quarantine once a negative PCR test is performed.
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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