September 1st – Strike (URGARA) by grain surveyor’s lifted

August 25th 2023

Strike (URGARA) by grain surveyor’s lifted


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Grains and Markets:

The Government in Argentina is now spreading rumors of a new (fourth) “bonus” exchange rate for soya bean exports. One wonders where they think they will find the soya beans. As a measure of the soya bean shortage in the local market; Vicentin yesterday announced that they will be closing down their two crushing plants in San Lorenzo due to the lack of soya beans. More crushing plants are bound to follow as the shortage of soya beans, caused by the drought, begins to bite. Some estimates have it that before the end of 2023 up to 70 per cent of the crushing capacity at Upriver may shut down for this reason.

Iran eventually fixed their tender for a volume of 360,000 tons of soya bean meal with dates October through December. Origin yet unreported.

Indonesia is reported to be in the market for a Pamanax full of soya beans.

Strike (URGARA) by grain surveyor’s lifted :


The grain surveyours union (URGARA) have lifted their strike. Loading operations are now underway in all ports. This is a temporary decision and subject to ongoing negotitions.

Starting yesterday August 30th evening the grain surveyors union have gone on strike. Although this is a nationwide strike not all grain and fertilizer handling operations are affected. There are still many non union surveyors available and quite a few ports and exporters have availed themselves of their services.

The situation today at Upriver ports is as follows:

RENOVA NORTH: Vessel alongside loading, NON UNION

RENOVA SOUTH: No Vessel alongside

LDC TIMBUES: No Vessel alongside

COFCO INT. TIMBUES NORTE: Vessel alongside loading, NON UNION

COFCO INT. TIMBUES SUR: No Vessel alongside

ACA TIMBUES: Vessel alongside, not loading

AGD TIMBUES: No Vessel alongside

PROFERTIL: Con buque, operando normalmente

MINERA ALUMBRERA: Vessel alongside, not loading

TERMINAL 6 NORTH: Vessel alongside loading, NON UNION

TERMINAL 6 SUR: Vessel alongside, not loading

ARAUCO: No Vessel alongside

QUEBRACHO: No Vessel alongside

T.F.A.: Vessel alongside discharging, NON UNION

PAMPA ENERGIA: Vessel alongside loading, NON UNION

COFCO INT. PGSM NORTE: Vessel alongside loading, NON UNION

COFCO INT. PGSM SUR: Vessel alongside loading, NON UNION

ADM AGRO SAN LORENZO: No Vessel alongside

PAMPA: No vessel alongside

DEMPA: No Vessel alongside

ACA: Vessel alongside, not loading

VICENTIN: No Vessel alongside

SAN BENITO: Vessel alongside, not loading

TPR: No Vessel alongside

UNIT 6: No Vessel alongside

UNIDAD 7: No Vessel alongside

VGG: No Vessel alongside.

PUNTA ALVEAR: Vessel alongside, not loading

LDC GRAL.LAGOS SECOS: Vessel alongside loading, NON UNION

LDC GRAL.LAGOS LIQUIDOS: No Vessel alongside

ADM AGRO ARROYO SECO: Vessel alongside, not loading

Necochea and Bahia Blanca are both fully on strike.

Buenos Aires Container Terminal 5 (BACTSSA):

As mentioned previously. BACTSSA, Buenos Aires container terminal 5 has today had it’s last day. The terminal was managed by Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong. No vessels have called at BACTSSA since April 2021. This now leaves Buenos Aires port with effectively two terminals. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 managed by DP World and Terminal 4 managed by APM Terminals (Maersk). Initial plans mentioned by Buenos Aires AGP who leases the terminals to the operators are that the area will be used as an extended storage area for containers prior to the entry in to the mentioned terminals.

0109 -Buenos Aires Container Terminal 5 (BACTSSA)

BACTSSA/Hutchison – Basin D

Bunker deliveries at Zona Comun:


As always, the STS operation is up to the discretion of the Master’s of the vessels involved.


Will keep you posted.

Best regards,

Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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