May 19th – Parana River

May 19th, 2020

Parana River

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: 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.
At the main ports the sanitary measures remain unchanged and working well coordinated. The Ships Agency activities being related to foreign trade is one of the excepted from quarantine.

Pressure is being applied on Government Sanitary Authorities to make all vessels incoming from foreign countries, including border countries, to comply with a 14 day quarantine period. There have been one or two incidents where LINER vessels, that have called Argentina have had crew affected by Covid-19 and are now in quarantine in Brazil. It is true that Liner vessels are more exposed to contagion and it also true that LINER vessels have been less strictly controlled than other traffics. This may explain why this has happened.

Parana River draft: Yesterday, May 19th the Itaipú dam opened the flood gates as a way to help the water flow on the river Parana. This impressive video shows the release of the water.

Necochea: The port reopened on May 12th at 1025 hours due to improved weather conditions.

Will keep you posted.

Best regards,
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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