Introduction A number of indications suggest that shipping compliance in Argentina can be stressful. The requirements for operators regarding inward clearance are usually unclear and patience is required to understand how regulations are likely to apply. This is particularly true with regard to regulations concerning: the inspection of holds and tanks; garbage management plans; fumigation; […]

New regulation The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has issued a new regulation addressing ballast water treatment for vessels arriving from foreign ports. Pursuant to Regulation 85-E/2017, vessels calling at Argentine ports must apply a chlorination process to their ballast tanks as a measure to prevent the introduction of invasive aquatic species that could […]

Introduction The Parana River, which flows through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, is South America’s second-longest river and renowned for its strong current and shallow waters. Pilotage is compulsory for over 400 kilometres of the waterway and regarded as a public service. However, this service has been undertaken by private companies since the 1990s. While the […]

Introduction The majority of bulk carriers calling at Argentine ports must clean their holds after discharging and before loading the next cargo – normally grains and associated sub-products. Most charterparties include cleanliness clauses, which usually state that holds must be cleaned to the satisfaction of the surveyor appointed by the charterer or shipper. In general, […]

Introduction When a vessel arrives at an Argentine port, the migration authorities will proceed with crew and passenger clearance as to whether they stay onshore or at berth. If the only people on board are officers and crew members, it is more likely that there will be no issue with the clearance, as they do […]

Introduction A new Civil and Commercial Code entered into force on August 1 2015, which governs civil and commercial matters in Argentina. In this context, Argentine law – which follows the civil law system – has replaced the Commercial Code (1859) and the Civil Code (1869). The new code makes improvements to Argentina’s legal framework, […]

The Paraná River is renowned for its strong current, shallow waters and sandbanks, which are constantly shifting and exposing vessels to the risk of grounding. If a vessel runs aground, it is likely that the navigation channel will become obstructed due to its narrowness. In such case the coastguard will determine whether a suspension of […]

Introduction On May 28 2015 the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 will come into force in Argentina – 12 months after its ratification. It will add a new component to existing legislation in the sector. The convention, which entered into force in 2013, consolidates existing International Labour Organisation conventions and constitutes one of the main international […]

Introduction On December 10 2015 Mauricio Macri became president of Argentina. After less than a month in office, the new government introduced new international trade regulations. During the previous 12 years, former presidents Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had promoted several protective measures, including: restraining traders from importing foreign products; limiting access to […]