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FAQs About Restrictions and Requirements When Arriving at Recalada

FAQs About Restrictions and Requirements When Arriving at Recalada

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1. Are there any restrictions on vessels whose previous port call was from COVID-19 high risk countries? Prior to vessel’s arrival, specific documents and information must be submitted to the health authorities in order to obtain free pratique authorization from the Health Authorities. These documents need to be submitted to the Health Authorities 96 hours […]

New Procedure for Holds Inspection

New Procedure for Holds Inspection

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By Resolution RESOL-2020-861-APN-PRES#SENASA, the National Health and Agrifood Quality Service [SENASA by its Spanish acronym] adds to Resolution No 693/17 the “Supervision procedure of the Control System of Capability of Loading of Holds and Tanks of Vessels and Barges for the export of grains, their products and by-products” and the “Selection of Vessels Procedure.” This […]

New Speed Limit Between KM 406 and 435 of Río Paraná

New Speed Limit Between KM 406 and 435 of Río Paraná

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Due to the extraordinary ebb that Río Paraná has been experiencing, the Paraná Coast Guard establishes that, due to safety navigation reasons, vessels shall navigate cautiously and reduce speed to the minimum suitable for good government when there are other vessels moored, maneuvering or operating near berths, port terminals or river areas in order to […]

Argentina suspends the limitation on the use of open loops scrubbers

Argentina suspends the limitation on the use of open loops scrubbers

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Despite having forbidden –on August 10th, 2020 through Provision DISFC-2020-15-APN-DPMA#PNA– the discharge of washing waters from the scrubbers to waters of national jurisdiction, today the Argentine Directorate for Environmental Protection suspends this restriction. The cause of this suspension is the quarantine established in the country due to the health emergency triggered by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (aka […]

Vessels With Left-Handed Propeller System Must Request Tugboat Assistance For Mooring or Undocking at Timbúes Port, San Martín – San Lorenzo

Vessels With Left-Handed Propeller System Must Request Tugboat Assistance For Mooring or Undocking at Timbúes Port, San Martín – San Lorenzo

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Recently, San Lorenzo Coast Guard has reported that, due to navigation safety and environment protection issues, those vessels that count with left-handed propeller system, from now on, must request the assistance of a tugboat for mooring and undocking maneuvers. Vessels that have left-handed propeller —left-handed fixed pitch propeller or right-handed variable pitch propeller— present an […]

Coast Guard limits the use of open loop scrubbers

Coast Guard limits the use of open loop scrubbers

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Since the system of discharging washing waters of scrubbers is being studied by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in order to get information about their effects on the environment and avoid an irreversible damage on the marine ecosystem, the Directorate for Environmental Protection of the Argentine Coast Guard, by Provision DISFC-2020-15-APN-DPMA#PNA, forbids the unloading of […]

Recommendations for vessel’s captains that navigate the Main Navigation Waterway Santa Fé – Ocean

Recommendations for vessel’s captains that navigate the Main Navigation Waterway Santa Fé – Ocean

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As a consequence of the unprecedented ebb that continues affecting the Cuenca del Plata and, especially, the navigation of the rivers Paraná Medio, Paraná Inferior, Paraná de las Palmas and Río de la Plata, the Argentinian Coast Guard advises the captains and pilots on the potential risks that the omission of the safety rules established […]

COVID19 – ARGENTINA – Softening of the new protocol for vessels calling argentina

COVID19 – ARGENTINA – Softening of the new protocol for vessels calling argentina

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Further to our last Newsletter “COVID-19 ARGENTINA – Protocol for vessels calling Buenos Aires”, the National Ministry of Safety and the National Ministry of Health had recently introduced protocol N° NO-2020-18729360-APN-SSCRYF#MS, which establishes a reinforcement expansion to contingency plans at Argentine international ports in the frame of the epidemiologic situation caused by Coronavirus COVID-19. However, […]

The Hidrovia reports very low water levels at the worst possible time.

The Hidrovia reports very low water levels at the worst possible time.

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We would like to thank Messrs PILOTage S.A. Climate events with no significant precipitations are causing very low water levels on the rivers that make up the waterway known as “Hidrovia”, many of them falling below their historical minimum levels. Unfortunately, the situation is not expected to get better, at least in the short term. […]

COVID19 – Argentina: New protocol for the vessels calling Buenos Aires port.

COVID19 – Argentina: New protocol for the vessels calling Buenos Aires port.

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As Argentinian Government maximizes health and safety measures in order to flatten the infection curve of Coronavirus COVID-19, the General Ports Administration has introduced a new protocol regarding cargo vessels and passenger international cruises arriving the Buenos Aires Port. GENERAL PORTS ADMINISTRATION [AGPSE, by its Spanish acronym] IMPLEMENTATION PROTOCOL IN THE AREA OF THE BUENOS […]

COVID19 – Argentina: Sanitary Measures for Incoming Vessels

COVID19 – Argentina: Sanitary Measures for Incoming Vessels

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On March 30th, National Borders Sanitary Authorities informed that due to the pandemia declared worldwide of the COVID-19, all vessels coming from affected areas shall be sanitized by crew onboard and fumigated by a company duly authorized by the National Health Ministry. All measures adopted on those vessels coming from affected areas shall be registered […]

COVID19: Argentinean Ports Current Status

COVID19: Argentinean Ports Current Status

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On March 19th we have received information that several Upriver Ports announced their preventive closing. This decision follows the closing of national borders which came days after Argentina announced it would halt all flights from the United States and Europe and restrict the entrance of foreigners. Public and private school classes are still suspended until March 31. The […]

Dangerous Residues Regulation Repeal

Dangerous Residues Regulation Repeal

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Maria Paula Chaves On February 14th, the National Executive Branch has repealed Decree DECTO-2019-591-APN-PTE and Joint Resolution N°3 of November 12th of 2019 (See our Newsletter “Dangerous residues”), regarding the prohibition of transit, entrance and importation either definitive or temporal to the National Territory, Special Customs Area and Customs-Free Areas existing or to be created […]

Dangerous Residues

Dangerous Residues

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New Regulation Forbids its Transit, Entrance and Importation either to the National Territory As per Decree DECTO- 2019-591-APN-PTE it is substituted in its section 1 (among others) which now reads: “It shall be forbidden the transit, entrance and importation either definitive or temporal to the National Territory, Special Customs Area and Customs-Free Areas existing or […]

Argentinian Fleet up to 140 meters of length exempted from the pilot requirement

Argentinian Fleet up to 140 meters of length exempted from the pilot requirement

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Nadia Vega Under Decree 188/19, which was published in the Official Gazette, the Argentinian Government has exempted  ships from the pilot requirement during entrance and exit maneuvers in Ports Buenos Aires, Bahia Blanca and La Plata and rivers Paraná and Uruguay. To be exempted under the amended pilot regulations, the vessels must fly under the […]

Experimental and temporary regulation regarding Under Keel Safety Clearance.

Experimental and temporary regulation regarding Under Keel Safety Clearance.

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Rough translation: Letter issued by Mr Martin Pablo Ruiz Directo of the Navigation Safety Department. During meetings held with representatives of the Sub Secretary of Ports, Waterways and Merchant Marine and the Ministry of Security, it was analyzed a proposal by the Maritime and Port Activity Chamber of Rosario City which set forth the possibility […]

Changes in regulation for declaration of store and crew personal effects lists upon arrival to argentinean waters.

Changes in regulation for declaration of store and crew personal effects lists upon arrival to argentinean waters.

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By Alejandra Moreno The Federal Administration of Public Income (AFIP in its Spanish acronym) has changed the form to submit the Store List and Crew Personal Effects into a clearer, easier and simpler way of submitting this information. As we have informed previously in our Newsletters and our Guidance Papers which are usually distributed to […]

Ship Containers of up to 255 LOA are now authorized to sail the Parana River up to KM 125

Ship Containers of up to 255 LOA are now authorized to sail the Parana River up to KM 125

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By Tomas De Antoni Argentine Coast Guard has authorized through Order DISFC-2018-93-APN-DPSN#PNA that navigation of vessels with LOA of up to 255 meters carrying containers is authorized up to km 125 of the Paraná River, through Channel Ing. Emilio Mitre. Such authorization is provisional and on trial for the term of one year. The volume […]