Paraná River: commercial navigation affected by a reduction in the bed

In the last hours there was a reduction in the bed of the main navigation channel of the Paraná River, to the South of the Santa Fe city of Arroyo Seco, between kilometer 380 and 392 of said river. Through the dredgers they are working on the site so that navigation can resume.

The Hidrovía concession company, in a press release, reported that there was an additional loss of more than 1.5 meters depth, due to natural causes, and that soon the dredges “Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca” and “Manzanillo” came to the site with the aim of reestablishing the navigability conditions of the river in said area in the shortest possible time.

Furthermore, they stated that “At the moment more than a meter depth has been recovered and the Manzanillo dredger continues to work intensively on the site. All the alternatives are also evaluated, including the possibility of changing the navigable trace of the channel in that area ”.

On the other hand, the company promised to continue working “continuously 24 hours a day to promptly alleviate the effects of this event and we will also continue, with our task to continue compensating for the extraordinary downpour of the Paraná River, which had no similar history for more than 30 years ”, they expressed.

The situation is affecting the commercial activity in said area, in full development of the harvest of coarse grains in the country, and which thus adds to the problem of the downspout of the Paraná, which according to the Rosario Stock Exchange would cause losses for more than 200 million dollars in the first four months of this year.

As he commented toInfobae Guillermo Wade, Manager of the Chamber of Port and Maritime Activities, “last Friday some ships noticed a low bottom in the Paraguayan pass, between kilometer 380 and 392 of the Paraná River. In the survey carried out, the depth at 0 was 9 meters in the channel, registering a significant drop in relation to the previous day. Since the mentioned day, work is being carried out to solve the problem, but part of the path is still obstructed ”.

Wade also explained: “Usually at this time the clearance of the office is 30 feet 4 inches and currently it is 29 feet 2 inches. In relation to what they are the Panamax, which are the design ships, for every 2,200 tons the ship is submerged 1 foot. So we subtract in a very fast account the 34 feet, which is the usual draft minus 29 feet, they are five feet apart and if we multiply it by 2,200 tons, that ship is sailing with 11,000 tons less than usual, between a 22 and 24% drop of what is loaded in a normal time “.

On the prospects of precipitation that will improve the downspout that the Paraná River presents today, Wade said, “The forecasts are that the amount of rainfall in the entire upper and intermediate basin will continue to be below normal as it happened in the last 3 years. Normally the rainy periods are recorded in summer, between December and March, and are the millimeters that help to recover the basin. Today all dams are working below operating levels. But even if they deliver a little more water, they cannot sustain a greater delivery of water flow, because they do not have it and they will also put the dam below operating levels. ”

The descent of the Paraná River led to numerous logistical, transport and industrialization problems. According to a projection made by the economic team of the Rosario Stock Exchange (BCR), this problem, which suffers the navigation and maximum load of ships and barges in port terminals, It would cause a loss of 244 million dollars in the first four months of this year to the agro-industrial export complex, and therefore it will have an impact on the national economy.

The agro-industrial sector installed in the Gran Rosario area concentrates 80% of Argentina’s theoretical daily soy and sunflower processing capacity. In addition, 67% of the grains, 96% of the flours and 93% of the vegetable oils exported by the country in the period were shipped from these port terminals last year.

According to specialists from the Rosario Stock Exchange, among the main problems that this situation brings about in relation to export logistics, industrialization, operations and the associated costs reported by the same companies in the sector, the costs related to the need to adjust arise the volume of cargo in the Gran Rosario and complete the cargo in other ports in the area and the costs of smaller ships that incur a false freight as they cannot complete their maximum cargo capacity.

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