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FEATURE: DANGEROUSLY DRY
The negative impact
of this drop in
water levels is huge.
Not only does it
hamper ship traffic,
but it also doubles
shipping costs and
downsizes loadings
by 30% to 40%.
Gustavo Idígoras, president,
CIARA-CEC
shipped to global markets from the Paraná Basin.
While it is clear that this 77-year-low river level has
been caused by the worst drought in central and southern
Brazil in almost a century, experts do not agree on
the reasons for this historic and unrelenting dry season.
Some say it is due to a natural weather cycle, but others
believe it is linked to climate change.
Guillermo Miguel, president of the Port of Rosario
Entity Administrator (ENAPRO), told World Grain:
" We are now suffering the consequences of last year's
fires in the Amazon rainforest which destroyed local
humidity, parching the rivers of the basin. Rains are
scarce upstream mainly because of land clearing, and
so the Paraná and the Paraguay rivers are drying up. "
Local meteorologist Matías Bertolotti disagreed,
saying that this ebb is an extreme weather event that
occurs once in a lifetime and cannot be simply linked
to climate change.
" In fact, climate change indicators were anticipating
increased water levels on the Paraná Basin, so this shrinkage
would be even against climate change signals, " he
said. " Events linked to climate change occur more often,
every five or six years, and this is not the case. "
No relief in sight
Paraná's level at Rosario, which concentrates 78%
of Argentine's oilseed processing capacity, as of late
September was between 0.50 meters and 0.68 meters
when the reference value is 2.47 meters. But the water
level at this port was even lower in August, when it fell
to 0.30 meters.
" The water level has been rising these days because
of local rains in the mid and lower Paraná Basin, but
if it doesn't rain in Brazil, where the Basin begins, the
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river will shrink again to negative
levels, " Bertolotti said.
The situation is even worse
at the Paraguay River, one of
Parana's tributaries, which
carries most of Paraguay and
Bolivia's grain exports. On
Sept. 18, its water level
at
Asuncion dropped to -0.47 meters,
the lowest since 1931 and
more than 10 feet lower than
normal sailing draft.
According
to
the
National
Water Institute of Argentina, rivers
along the Paraná Basin will
continue shriveling at least until
the end of 2021 with values that
might be even worse than those
registered in 1944 (-1.40 meters)
throughout November.
Shallow waters have caused ships to run aground,
slowing down grain exports and increasing costs.
In 2020, 14 vessels got stuck along the highway and
152 barges got stranded near Ituzaingo, in Corrientes
Province. This year, nine ships already have run
aground. Fortunately, all of them were removed quickly,
but if flow rates keep dropping, the situation might
grow worse.
The river's slump at Rosario has cut the amount of
crops that can be loaded at these terminals. Sesé explained
that the biggest cargo ships, such as Panamaxes,
which amount to 23% of the total number of ships that go
through Rosario, have a total capacity of 60,000 to 65,000
tonnes and are now having to leave port with around
10,000 tonnes less than normal to avoid getting stuck.
Smaller ships like Handysize and Handymax, which
comprise 36% of the total amount of ships at Rosario,
can carry up to 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes and are now
losing 6,000 to 7,000 tonnes as the low water level
complicates basic navigation.
" Now these ships must go either to deep-water
ports of Bahia Blanca and Quequen, farther south in
Argentina, if they carry grains, " Sesé said. " Or they
must go to the South of Brazil, if they transport soybean
meal, to top off their loads before setting out to
the Atlantic Ocean. "
Ebbing river levels cause farmers and export companies
to lose both time and money. Since 2020, it is
taking longer to load fewer grains, and although as of
late September there hadn't been supply gaps because
Argentina is fulfilling its grain contract sales, experts
are worried about the near future because the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has
just confirmed that there is an 80% chance of La Niña beNovember
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