2020-07-20
Brief of COVID-19 Updates in Argentina and Uruguay

Brief of COVID-19  News – events in Argentina and Uruguay dated 20/07/2020, for your reference,

 

ARGENTINA

By new decree the Executive extended the compulsory isolation particularly to Buenos Aires City and surrounding districts of

Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area till August 2nd - 2400 hrs. Other areas within the country to be announced case by case basis.

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:

 

Restriction for vessels coming to Argentina due to Covid-19

General regulations – Covid19 Protocol

Additional to usual pre arrival requirements and with no exception, Sanitary authorities request to receive in advance all documents as sworn statement,

listed on Notice here attached, according to Items 1 to 4 whatever be the case.

 

Vessels arriving from affected countries or areas so far considered by Argentina as high risk from Covid-19 :

Europe, Iran, Japan, South Korea, United States, Brazil and Chile; or arriving from any country but with less than 14 days of navigation

(no quarantine period), must comply with current Sanitary protocol where all crew will be tested onboard, upon vessel’s arrival to ‘Zona Comun’

Pilot Station, before getting the authorization to proceed navigation to port of call.

(pls see copy here attached – Point 2 - Vessels coming from risk areas without crew changes)

 

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 Ports

Vessel will not be requested to comply with 14 days quarantine period subject compliance of current Sanitary regulations as detailed above/attached.

In practice and as per last experience for vessels calling Brazil before Argentina, Sanitary authorities use to delay ‘some extra time’ (abt 24hrs)

to analyze and control whole vessels docs before granting Free pratique, particularly for those vessels coming empty waiting at Recalada before

proceeding Upriver.

 

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

Sanitary Authorities and Stevedores + Grain Unions are requesting 14 days quarantine period to ALL vessels arriving from any country abroad

(including those not listed as high risk from Covid19)

For those vessels loading upriver 1st, then completing her cargo at Necochea, Stevedores and grain UNIONs are requesting 14 days period to count

since last port of call abroad (i.e. Brazil), even vessel being cleared with authorities Upriver already.

 

BAHIA BLANCA

Same as above, Port authorities and Stevedores Unions are requesting 14 days quarantine period to ALL vessels arriving from any country abroad

(including those not listed as high risk from Covid19).

For those vessels loading upriver 1st, then completing her cargo at Bahia Blanca, Stevedores and grain UNIONs are requesting 14 days period

to count since last port of call abroad (i.e. Brazil), even vessel being cleared with authorities Upriver already.

 

There might be some exceptions for vessel calling Uruguay as last port before Bahia Blanca, but only to be considered case by case basis,

subject Sanitary Authorities approval (not guaranteed) to allow entrance and operations for those vessel.

So far this measure not affecting LNG/LPG vessels.

 

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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URUGUAY

COVID19 – Regulations

So far No quarantine restrictions for vessels calling Uruguay, coming from any risk country, subject to compliance

of Sanitary protocol and health measures in force.

 

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 lighter age Zones  & Montevideo are being granted

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

 

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.

 

Montevideo and Nueva Palmira

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

 

Crew changes

Temporarily allowed subject to current regulation, as per Instructions here attached

 

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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 August 2nd 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
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(C1106ACX) Buenos Aires, Argentina
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