October 21st 2021
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, October 22nd, until Monday, 0800 hrs, October 25th)
– HQ Buenos Aires:
Manuel Garcia Claveria +54 9 11 5578 4559
Germán Andrés Stoppo +54 9 11 6434 1673
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
Soya oil: There is a sustained demand for soya oil in the markets from origin Argentina. Shipments for parcel/s up to 9,000 mtons with December shipment dates have been negotiated. Destinations are yet disclosed but everything points at India after the strong reduction of import levies.
Crew changes in Argentina: The Government Immigration Department has announced that crew changes are allowed starting October 20th. As of sending this there is no news from Sanitary Authorities regarding tests and conditions for inbound crew. Tests will be required for boarding crew members along lines which will be similar to entering tourists, namely:
Details of required conditions and terms for departing crewmembers have not yet been disclosed.
Again, final requirements are still to be published by the Sanitary Authority.
River Parana draft: There is an improvement in the draft at Upriver ports thanks to a surge of rain water that is coming down the River. The surge is larger, and longer, than has previously been expected and is now forecast to last into, at least, middle days of November. This means that maximum draft from San Lorenzo, Rosario, Lagos berths may well reach 9.30 meters over a couple of weeks. This always subject to favorable conditions in the River Plate with winds and tides that do not empty out the Parana River.
We urge you to consult prior load completion of vessels bringing inbound cargoes to Upriver ports.
Scrubbers. The restriction to use open-loop scrubbers was regulated/prohibited on Aug 2020 (Disp 15/2020), but shortly afterward the application of this regulation was ‘suspended’ by the authority (Disp 20/2020). Therefore, at present time no specific regulation/restriction applies regarding the use of scrubbers in Argentina waterways, at least, until further notice. Besides scrubbers, any other wash water discharge is strictly forbidden in riverway and seaports and to be carried out as per MARPOL Annex V.
Crew changes made at previous port/s 14 days prior arrival in 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.
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.
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