November 18th – Upriver, Timbues ACA and AGD

November 18th 2021

Upriver, Timbues ACA and AGD

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.

ANTARES: We attach to this News a flyer with the full detail of all our staff for your ready reference. Both for our office in Buenos Aires and for San Lorenzo (Upriver).

Week end duty staff: (Friday noon, November 12th, until Monday, 0800 hrs, November 15th)

– HQ Buenos Aires:

Gastón Nicolás Cabrera + 54 9 11 6434 1673

Horacio Vazquez + 54 9 11 5578 4554

– Upriver:

Pablo Andres Faggiani + 54 9 11 3156 1681

Agustin More + 54 9 11 6656 1677

Walter Nestor Travaglini + 54 9 11 3156 1680

National Holiday: Monday, November 22nd, 2021

River Parana Upriver draft: The forecast for draft at the Upriver ports in the close and medium term indicates a reduction in water levels. The water level projection issued prepared by the National Water Institute (INA) below shows a drop in water levels into the end of January.

Argentine Wheat harvest 2021/22: Given the present amount, quality and values of the wheat harvest being lifted at the moment and the market projections it is considered to me more than likely that Argentine wheat will be exported to North Africa. Export taxes and limitations being put in place by the Russian Government on their wheat make Argentine wheat come into the range of the more distant markets.

Upriver, Timbues ACA and AGD: The infrastructure investments at Upriver ports continue. A new railway siding has been installed and permits access to ACA and AGD’s berths in Timbues from the national network. An experimental 45 car train has entered the terminals and successfully discharged the first cargo of maize from northern areas of the country during this week.

Crew changes in Argentina/Plate: The Argentine Government, both the Immigration Department and the Sanitary Border Control Authority have specified that crew changes are now permitted under the following terms: Boarding crew members must have the following Covid-19 related tests performed in order to enter the country and board vessels:
*Full vaccination performed at lest 14 days prior entry to Argentina
*Negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior first boarding
*Antigen test performed upon arrival at “safe entry corridor” point (for example Buenos Aires Airport Ezeiza)
If, in case the boarding crew member does not have full vaccination (minimum 2 doses) before boarding then the person must be kept in quarantine for 7 days and may only leave this quarantine once a negative PCR test is performed.
Departing crew members will have to conform to the same requirements as boarding crew.
i.e. Full vaccination or else the 7 days quarantine plus the negative PCR test prior authorization to leave.
What remains for the moment is for the Sanitary Authorities at each port to designate the “safe corridors” for crew members to access and depart from vessels.
As these areas are designated we will advise.

Crew changes made at foreign port/s 14 days prior arrival at Argentine ports: Besides many other documents and certificates, these below are of special concern:

-Owner’s Crew changes protocol at foreign countries].

-Owner’s note (with signature and stamp of the Captain and Owners company) clarifying that the crew change was carried out taking all due precautions, etc.

-Medical certificate issued by certified professional in the country where the crew joined, not the country of origin.

-Covid test, PCR, for on-signers at port of boarding (not country of origin).

Lacking any of above (besides all usual documents) pilots will not be allowed to board until a 14 day period is counted starting from the moment the last crew-member has boarded.

Will keep you posted.

Best regards,

Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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