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.
RIVER PARANA DRAFT: THIS AFTERNOON THE TRANSPORT MINISTRY WHO SURVEY THE DRAFTS OF THE SHALLOW PASSES ON THE RIVER PARANA CHANGED THE MAXIMUM SAILING DRAFT FOR BERTHS NORTH OF KM 388 (PASO EL PARAGUAYO) TO 8.93 METERS. THIS AFFECTS VESSELS LOADING AT DREYFUS ARROYO SECO NORTHWARDS. THE DRAFT WAS REDUCED DUE TO A DETECTED CRUMBLING OF THE SIDE OF THE CANAL. ONE OF HIDROVIA’S DREDGERS IS AT THE MOMENT ATTENDING THE POSITION AND WILL START DREDGING IMMEDIATELY TO CLEAR THE AREA.
National Holiday: Monday, May 25th, May Revolution.
Covid-19 National Quarantine: The National Quarantine will remain in force until May 24th. Buenos Aires and the surrounding areas (Greater Buenos Aires) will have stricter regulation limiting movement. The rest of the country where cases have been fewer will be allowed to relax restrictions. Shops will be permitted to open for certain hours amongst other aspects, but it will also be administrated by local authorities.
Export licenses: Licenses were granted today as follows: 360,000 metric tons of soyameal, 180,000 metric tons of maize, 60,000 metric tons of soyaoil and 13,000 metric tons of barley.
San Nicolas: An encouraging preliminary survey of the port area after the dredging by the mv DASA I indicated that at the moment the maximum sailing draft will be close to 9.60 meters as soon as the dredger DASA I finishes her activities in the area.
Upriver Rosario: The mv TENRO MARU, which had loaded iron ore at TPR, Puerto Nuevo Rosario, was taken off the berth, with tug assistance and remains anchored at Rosario Secondary Roads. She is on 10.20 meters maximum draft. It is not yet reported whether she will remain there or will be lightered. Will keep you posted.
Mv PHOENIX OCEAN: The mv PHOENIX OCEAN is anchored off Necochea with severe steerage problems. The vessel is reportedly being surveyed by CoastGuard, Class and insurance surveyors. Given that she is a gearless Panamax she will most likely have to be taken to a nearby port for lightering before repairs are undertaken. Will keep you posted.
Mv ARGENMAR MISTRAL: This vessel is due to berth at Necochea within the next few days. She lost an anchor while maneuvering at her anchorage prior entering Necochea to discharge. Due to the anchor being lost at sea it will be difficult to recover. Next moves are yet to be decided, but will be relevant to calling at Upriver discharge ports.
Necochea: Port remains open since May 07th, at 0820 hours local time.
Bahia Blanca: The grain surveyors union may call a strike as from early next in order to gain pay rises.
Will keep you posted.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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