2020-05-13
Brief of COVID-19 News + events in Argentina and Uruguay dated 13/05/2020

Dear Sirs

Below pls find Brief of COVID-19  News – events in Argentina and Uruguay dated 13/05/2020, for your reference,

With comments and requirements for vessels calling Argentina and Uruguay after Brazil.

 

ARGENTINA

By new decree the Executive extended the compulsory isolation nationwide till May 24th-2400 hrs.

Activities related to foreign trade are so far excluded from the isolation process, operations in most ports are carried out without interruptions or delays

Anyway current status at each port as listed below:

 

General regulations

Sanitary authorities are requiring to receive, in advance, the following documentation additional to usual pre arrival requirements and with no exception,

being applied for all the vessels coming from abroad.

1.- Copy of Medical Log book

2.- Register of body temperature to all crew and passengers if any.

3.- Crew change movements as from 01/12/2019.

4.- MHSD (Medical Health Ship Declaration)

5.- Individual Health Declaration form & questionnaires form (attached)

 

So far list of countries considered by Argentina as high risk from Covid-19 are Europe, Iran, Japan, South Korea, United States, Brazil and Chile.

 

All vessels arriving to Recalada proceeding upriver, coming from any of the affected countries as listed below, (particularly Brazil and Chile)

not meeting the 14 days quarantine period, will be inspected by coastguard at Recalada PS so as to examine vessel´s entire crew.

If all crew is found asymptomatic and healthy, vessel will be allowed to proceed upriver where port sanitary authorities will grant

free pratique after double checking entire crew's health conditions

 

Current procedures as follows:

a.         Free Pratique form to be submitted by Shipping agent to Health authority Unit of vessels port of call at least 72 hours before the ship’s arrival to Recalada

b.         Health Authorities will evaluate the sanitary documentation and validate vessels prosecution to Coastguard, subject all crew are asymptomatic from COVID-19

                If symptoms or risks of COVID-19 arise, it immediately declares the quarantine of the ship and communicates it to Coastguard

c.         In case of no risk, Health authority will ask Coastguard to allow the boarding of Pilots and grant free prosecution of vessel to its port of destination.

d.         If the existence of any symptomatic case is verified immediately, Health authority will instruct vessel to navigate till Zona Comun where they board and declare

            ‘quarantine’ of ship, establishing the sanitary conditions for the disembarkation of the symptomatic passenger or crew that will be registered by Health authority.

            The measures to comply with the quarantine by all the rest of the crew will be defined by H. Authority together with the National Epidemiology office.

e.         Health authority will finally grant ‘free pratique’ to vessel upon arrival to its port of destination.

 

Crew Members / crew change

All borders are still closed, so no foreigners and not even argentine citizens are allowed to enter the country, except few cases.

In view of this, flights going in/out Argentina are almost null, so no crew changes can be effected.

In addition, crewmembers are not allowed to disembark at different ports.

 

Pilot Services – embarking/disembarking at Recalada

Borders in Uruguay are also closed, Ferry services from Argentina to Uruguayan ports have been cancelled.

River Plate pilots are traveling as ‘passengers’ on outbound ships, in order to be positioned at Recalada PS, this affecting their usual

travelling/logistics and availability.

As consequence additional pre-booking and coordination time might be needed before boarding at Recalada, this specially focus on River Plate

service Recalada/Zona Comun leg

 

 

PORT STATUS in ARGENTINA

 

UPRIVER (San Lorenzo/Rosario range)

Operations being performed on normal basis so far.

Pilots, towage, launch and mooring/unmooring services being rendered to ALL vessels on normal basis.

 

 

SAN NICOLAS -  New Port and Elevator piers

Operations being performed on normal basis so far, but lower productivity operations due to Covid19 health restrictions with stevedores.

Port authorities are in line with nationwide Sanitary protocol, providing berthing assignment to all vessels coming from abroad,

 

 

NECOCHEA

Grain receivers union (URGARA) working on normal basis now, they have lifted the measure of working during std time basis only.

So far Sanitary Authorities still requesting for ALL vessels arriving from abroad to comply with 14 days quarantine period in order to provide their services.

Stevedores also un line with Sanitary authorities request of 14 days quarantine for all vessels coming from abroad.

Stevedores and authorities might study some exemption for vessels coming from Uruguay, case by case basis.

 

 

BAHIA BLANCA

Port authorities and Stevedores unions are considering case by case basis to allow entrance and operations for those vessel

not complying with 14 days quarantine period.

So far this measure not affecting LNG/LPG vessels.

Grain receivers union (URGARA) working on normal basis now, they have lifted the measure of working during std time basis only.

 

 

CAMPANA/ZARATE

Operations being performed on normal basis so far, subject to current regulations/procedures stablished due to COVID-19 outbreak

 

 

Puerto MADRYN

Operations being performed on normal basis so far, subject to current regulations/procedures stablished due to COVID-19 outbreak

 

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URUGUAYAN PORTS / AIRPORTS:

*Borders are closed, it is NO possible to disembark any crew/passenger from any vessel at any Uruguayan port or anchorage.

*Since March 26th only Uruguayans or residents can be authorized to enter to Uruguay till further notice by any border or airplane.

 

Countries considered as high risk areas:

China, South Korea, Singapore, Iran, Japan, United States, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.

 

Vessels coming from Brazil or other areas, arriving to La Paloma, Delta, Alpha lighterage Zones  & Montevideo are being granted

with ‘Free Pratique’ subject all crew are asymptomatic from COVID-19.

 

In case Master reports Crew with fever on board:

-Vessel remain in anchorage position, doctor is sent onboard in order to check in situ health conditions of all crew.

-In case of no risk, Health authority will grant Free Pratique,

-Port pilot to embark only subject to Free Pratique confirmation, with all safety equipment and proceed to berth.-

-In case of any symptomatic crew is detected will remain on board insolated in separate room and check daily temperature of other crew.

-In case of hospitalization needed, crew to be disembarked via boat service and vessel will remain in anchorage position.-

 

Punta del este / Delta Zone – Montevideo Port

*Free pratique should be granted, information should be send to authorities 48/72hs prior arrival.

*Inward / outward clearance to be done

*so far No delays expected for Vessels arriving from Brazil, subject all crew are asymptomatic from COVID-19.

*Provisions and materials can be delivered on board by chandler

 

Pilots procedure

Vessels who have called a risk port less than 14 days prior arrival Uruguay will be considered HIGH RISK, anyway Pilots are boarding vessel

subject to Free Pratique Confirmation by Sanitary authorities.

This specially refers to those ships coming from Brazil, Argentina or Chile, so far being served without restrictions.

 

Countries classified as risk areas:

China, South Korea, Singapore, Iran, Japan, United States, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.

 

Montevideo and Nueva Palmira

Ports are working normal basis, subject to current regulations/procedures stablished due to COVID-19 outbreak

 

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Due to current COVID-19 outbreak and in line with Mandatory isolation in force, majority of our staff is now working from home.

This situation will remain same at least till May 24th so far, however it could be extended subject to current situation and Government announcements/regulations.

 

All our staff is monitoring incoming e-mails + phone calls 24/7, to make sure that our service is no affected on this period.

 

Best regards

OFICINAS CENTRALES
Agencia Marítima Dulce S.A.
Av. E. Madero 1020, 1er piso
(C1106ACX) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel.: (54 11) 4118 8000 (conmutador)
Email: info@amdulce.com.ar

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