Argentina’s port of Rosario hit by strike

Argentina’s port of Rosario hit by strike

Buenos Aires: One of Argentina’s major goods-shipping centres, the port of Rosario, was hit by a strike of essential boat captains on Wednesday, jeopardising export of soy and corn.

The captains, who are striking for more pay, are needed to help dock incoming ships to the country’s main grains port.

With the southern hemisphere soy and corn harvest season in full flow, there is a threat to world food supplies as Argentina is one of the major players in the global supply of grains.

And the situation could worsen as dockworkers were also considering labour action, also over pay.

Rosario is an inland port on the Parana River in the province of Santa Fe, and is located about 550km upstream from the Atlantic.

The striking captains are required to board incoming cargo ships to guide them to their berths.

Ships entering Rosario’s port area are dropping anchor along the Parana while the strike plays out.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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