June 26th – Upriver Ports

June 26th 2020

Upriver Ports

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: Thursday, July 09th, Independence Day and Friday July 10th “Bridge Holiday”.

Covid-19 National Quarantine: As from July 01st until July 17th Buenos Aires and the suburbs will be submitted to an stricter quarantine.
The Province of Santa Fe has been relaxing the restrictions. This includes Arroyo Seco, Rosario, San Lorenzo and Timbues. But this means that all persons coming from City and Province of Buenos Aires will be subjected to a 14 day quarantine before being allowed to take up residence, even if it is for only one night. All towns have restricted access. Over the last few days vessels calling in the area have had to suspend or ask for extension to surveys because surveyors come from Buenos Aires.

*** 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 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


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 depth)/800.

Crew changes: Crew changes in Argentina and Uruguay are not possible until further notice. The borders are closed. No international flights allowed.

Recalada: Recalada closes often due to swell and high winds. Usual during the early winter months.

Necochea: The port remains closed since June 25th at 1740 hours due to high swell and high winds.

Bahia Blanca: Pilotage service is being rendered normally.

Locusts: The swarm has settled in Southern Province of Corrientes, across the River Parana from the Mid reaches of the River. Given prevailing weather and winds it could cross the border into South Brazil.
Plaga de langostas avanza por Argentina/ Imagen ilustrativa. (EFE)


Vicentin: All quiet today, or unreported.

River Parana draft: There has little rain in the main catchment area the River Parana in Southern Brazil. Rain is happening in Northern Argentina buy for the moment is expected to maintain the current draft. Longer term surveys of the water expect it to start growing slightly but steadily during the month of July and into our spring.

Export licenses: On Thursday, June 25th, licenses were issued for 151,000 metric tons of maize, 31,400 metric tons of soya meal and 17,000 metric tons of wheat byproducts.

Maize, soya meal and soya beans: 3,143 trucks counted at Upriver ports. 1,763 were maize and 1,190 soya. Cargill received 30 wagons of maize at Punta Alvear.
Bahia Blanca counted 1,052 trucks, of which 579 were maize.

The ratio is 32 tons per truck and 45 tons per wagon.

Will keep you posted.

Best regards,
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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