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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

TUG BOAT SITUATION DELAYS OPERATIONS IN ARGENTINEAN PORTS

For two months Argentinean tug boat crews have been forcing tug boat operators in their collective bargain agreements to establish the following work hours for port manoeuvres:

Monday-Friday 0700-1100 hrs and 1300-1700 hrs.
Saturday         0700-1100 hrs.
Sunday and Holidays no work.

The above situation is causing severe delays to vessels calling at Argentinean ports.  It is uncertain how long this situation will last.  If the charter party does not cover such delays, operators should evaluate if an additional clause should be added.

Source:  Sociedad Naviera Ultragas Ltda., Santiago