July 21st – Gas Import blocked

July 21st 2023

Gas Import blocked


ANTARES: We attach to this News a flyer with the full detail of all our staff and offices for your ready reference.


Weekend duty staff: (Friday July 21st, until Monday July 24th, 2023 0800 hrs.)

HQ Buenos Aires:

Horacio Vazquez            +54 9 11 5578 4554

Nicolás Fichi              +54 9 11 5578 4559



Franco Gabriel Ostojic     +54 9 11 6656 1678

Kevin Masia                +54 9 11 6919 2280

Walter Nestor Travaglini   +54 9 11 3156 1680


National Holidays: Monday August 21st, 2023


Grains and Markets:

Japan is looking for soya beans (Panamax) on October dates. Vietnam is wanting a soya meal Supramax of Soya bean meal on October, also.

Malaysia is wanting a Panamax of maize in October, Saudi Arabia is in the market for maize (volumes unreported) during November.

Metal workers strike:

The metallurgical workers have declared a 48 hour strike starting July 20th at 06:00 hours. The Siderar (Puerto Buitrago) and Siderca (Puerto Rocca) berths both have their stevedores affiliated to this union so no work will be performed during the period. The strike is a wage related conflict.

Gas Import blocked by the Government at Bahia Blanca:

The LNG tanker FLEX ARTEMIS which was due to call at Bahia Blanca to discharge gas into the local network has been blocked by the Government.

Although the vessel was reported as proceeding from Montoir, France it has been discovered that she called at this port to lift a cargo of 56,000 tons of LNG that was transshipped from another LNG carrier which had loaded Russin LNG. Because the original origin of the gas, coming from a sanctioned country, has determined to be Russian the Government cancelled the import permits. The mt FLEX ARTEMIS is now waiting (fully loaded) at anchor at Bahia Blanca Roads.


YPF crude Terminal at Sierra Grande (Punta Colorada):

YPF’s investment to export crude from the Vaca Muerta shale oil field is moving forward.

Public hearings are to be held at Sierra Grande-Punta Colorada to inform the local inhabitants of the technical details of the crude terminal to be constructed there.

The whole system consists of an oil pipeline staring at Loma Campana (Northwestern Patagonia) that will be 700 km in length and lead to Punta Colorada where a crude terminal will be built. At Punta Colorada storage for 7,000,000 barrels will be constructed. Lastly two SBMs will be laid off shore with a planned throughput 2,400,000 barrels per week. The SBMs are planned for loading Suezmax tankers.


Bunker deliveries at Zona Comun:


As always, the STS operation is up to the discretion of the Master’s of the vessels involved.


Will keep you posted.

Best regards,

Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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