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Riverbank collapse hinders grain exports from Argentina

A bank has collapsed along the Parana River, Latin America’s grain superhighway, forcing ships to travel with around 20% less cargoes.

Reuters reports that dredgers are working in the Parana to the south of the Rosario grain port complex to try to restore the necessary depth of water for export traffic, but they are unable to put a timetable as to when the dredging will be completed.

The water level on the river has already fallen to a near 50-year low, creating difficulties for bulk carriers navigating the waterway.

Elsewhere in South America Brazilian port workers are starting to fall ill as the coronavirus pandemic reaches one of the continent’s busiest shipping hubs.

At least three privately-run terminals Brazil’s Santos port have registered two cases each of Covid-19 in the past two weeks, according to Bloomberg. The financial newswire is also reporting that two boxships that have arrived at Santos in recent days are in quarantine with confirmed cases of Covid-19 among their crews.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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