July 12th – San Nicolás Dredging

July 12th 2022

San Nicolás Dredging

National Holidays: Monday, August 15th

River Parana Draft Forecast:
Basis INA Report of July 12th and Depth Report of July 12th

River level is descending. Nevertheless, the forecast is that water levels will not be as low as during 2021.

San Nicolás Dredging:
Dredging of San Nicolas entry channel and the berths has been completed. The dredger AFONSO DE ALBUQUERQUE has now left the area. Final bathymetric measurements are yet to be announced, but the purpose of cleaning the channel and berths to 10.5 meters has been accomplished.

Argentine Sorghum to China:
Harvesting of the sorghum is now completed with an initial yield of 3.5 million tons. Of this total the forecast is that 2.5 million tons will be exported to China. This will make Argentina the 2nd supplier of sorghum to China after the US.

Farmer’s protest:
Tomorrow, Wednesday July 13th a farmer’s protest will be held. The protest will consist of a close down of agricultural markets for a whole day. This is a “symbolic” protest organized by farmer’s organizations to protest the lack of diesel fuel and restrictions on access to fertilizers and other materials which the farmers consider to be essential to their activities. No effect is expected to felt in respect of supplies of grains to the loading ports.

North Patagonia Railway:
An announcement has been made in respect to the development of the so called “North Patagonian Railway”. The purpose of this rail connection is to enable the carriage of the production of the Vaca Muerta oil fields from their location at the foot of the Andes to the port of Bahia Blanca (Puerto Galván). Pleas see the map below.

The railway connection was originally designed to connect Bahia Blanca with the potash mining project in southern Mendoza that was to be developed by Vale Mining, but eventually abandoned due to market changes. At the present moment Vaca Muerta crude is being carried by a crude pipeline to Puerto Rosales but a better connection is required. Bahia Blanca is considered to be the principal export outlet for the oil and gas fields.

Winds over the rest of this week. Bunker deliveries at Zona Comun:

STS BUNKER AT ZONA COMUN FOR NEXT DAYS: Brisky weather is forecast for the rest of the week and may produce periodic interruptions to STS bunkering operations.

Will keep you posted.
Best regards,
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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