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1005 - 10/14 - Navigation at Rio de la Plata - Reduction of the Maximum Sailing Draft at Martin Garcia Channel - Argentina
The following message has recently been received from lawyers in Argentina.
″BUENOS AIRES – 28th OCTOBER 2014
Martin Garcia Channel - Pilots Maximum Suggested sailing Draft
Please note that after an incident faced by MV Saga Falcon (presently aground and obstructing navigation), the Uruguayan Pilots Association have today reduced further the Maximum Suggested Draft to 8.84 m (29 ft) for transiting the Martin Garcia Channel (once same reopens).
This measure will apply until Coastguard performs new soundings and informs accurately which the available depths in the channel are.
Vessels exceeding such draft and up to max suggested sailing draft applicable for upriver ports with max 230 m loa, can transit up/downriver via Emilio Mitre Channel.″
Source of information
Vega & Co Trade and Shipping Lawyers
Tel. (005411) 4815-5792.
Cel. 0054- 911- 24672223.