June 16th – Recalada & Zona Comun

June 16th 2020

Recalada & Zona Comun

In view of the ongoing developing situation and different communications and instructions being issued by Sanitary Authorities of the Argentine Government we have chosen to send a consolidated daily report at the closing of working hours with an update of the day’s news.

National Holiday: Saturday, June 20th, Flag Day.

Covid-19 National Quarantine: The National Quarantine has now been extended until June 28th. The press are saying that it is to be extended to July 12th.
At the main ports the sanitary measures remain unchanged and attendance is well coordinated. The Ship’s Agency tasks are allowed to continue with few restrictions and strict sanitary procedures are applied. Upriver ports are working close to normal with strict sanitary enforcement.

As mentioned before Bahia Blanca and Necochea are very rigid imposing in nearly all cases a 14 day quarantine on arriving vessels. The 14 days are counted as from departure from the last port of call.

*** IMPORTANT *** Recalada/Zona Comun. New procedures for arriving vessels: As from Sunday June 14th, the CoastGuard medics will not be attending at Recalada. Until then the medics would board inbound vessels at anchorage Recalada prior boarding pilots. The change is that now medics are now boarding vessels at Zona Comun, but only as from 0900 hours. It means that now the preliminary inspection has added cost. Each vessel must pay a launch service for the attending medics and additionally the pilots charge an anchoring fee. This will amount to additional cost as follows:
USD 1,200.00 launch service, Monday to Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays USD 1,680.00 plus USD ——– Pilot’s anchoring fee calculated as follows: USD 14.00 per Fiscal Unit of the vessel. FUs are calculated basis (LOA x Beam x Molded draft)/800.

Vicentin: The conflict follows on. The more the process wears on the more contradiction and opposition mounts. Yet it is unlikely that, unless Congress fails to pass the law, the Government will cease in their efforts to make it work. The owners, who filed for the local equivalent of Chapter 11 will challenge the Government’s proposed expropriation in Court.

Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Arabian State Purchasing Agency has bought 1.08 million tons of feed barley. This will be originated from European Union, Black Sea, North (excluding Canada) and South America. Discharge ports are both Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.

San Nicolas: The dredging of the north side of the New Port berth has been completed. As per the update today the work is still to carry on until all berths are dredged. Once this is completed the new soundings will be performed. The intention is to bring the maximum available draft to 10.05 meters at datum. Work is expected to continue for another 15 days more or less.

Necochea: The port re-opened on Monday June 15th at 0820 hours with improved weather conditions.

Bahia Blanca: Pilotage service is being rendered normally.

Will keep you posted.

Best regards,
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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