As from 1 February, several changes were made to the River Plate pilotage regulations which will affect all deepsea shipping.

Under the new rules the River Plate pilotage services will be performed with two pilots.

This will pertain to ships which have a draught greater or equal to 8.84 metres, or for those ships whose speed is such that they will not complete the transit within the eight-hour period as has been established by the existing regulations.

The changes were introduced following a recommendation issued by the Argentine Chamber of Pilotage.

The chamber addresses the ‘systematic violation’ of regulations at present in force, especially when this relates to the pilots’ stipulated duty periods.

The new regulations take into account the Argentine Coast Guard’s view that the Canal Punta Indio has become practically a one-way channel, producing a substantial increase in passage time.

The measures are also intended to preserve safe navigation and protect the health and safety of the River Plate pilots.

Contact: Howard Snaith on e-mail howard.snaith@intertanko.com