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Tensions rise after Argentina turns away British ships

Two British cruise ships that visited the Falkland Islands were refused entry to an Argentine port Two British cruise ships that visited the Falkland Islands were refused entry to an Argentine port, amid tension over the disputed archipelago.The Adonia, owned by P&O cruises, and the Princess Cruises vessel Star Princess were both blocked from entering Ushuaia in southern Argentina yesterday after both ships stopped at the Falklands on Saturday."We are very concerned to hear the Adonia and Star Princess have been refused access to the port of Ushuaia," a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said in London."There can be no justification for interference in free and legitimate commerce."British diplomats in Argentina are urgently seeking to clarify the circumstances surrounding this incident, and we are in contact with the company concerned."Tensions are running high between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands, which London controls but Buenos Aires claims, ahead of the 30th anniversary in April of the start of the war between the two nations over the South Atlantic islands.Argentina has also reacted angrily to the deployment of Prince William to the Falklands as part of his job as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot, and to a planned ...

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The UK P&I Club issues bulletin regarding Argentine customs practices

Officials in Argentinean ports are strengthening their resolve in the execution of their duties The UK P&I Club issues bulletin regarding Argentine customs practices as follows:It has come to the attention to the Club that some customs officials in Argentinean ports are strengthening their resolve in the execution of their duties.Regrettably this is not the first time the Club has had to advise members regarding the stern and precise practices of Argentine customs officials. The Club issued similar advice in bulletins 178 & 358 pertaining to fines arising from the apparent miss declarations of ships stores, bunkers, spares and the like.The situation seems to arise from the first incidence of inspection at the vessels first entry at an Argentinean port. Customs require a "stores list" which has to be submitted to the customs officials at the time of clearing the vessel. It is important that in addition to the usual lists submitted during customs inspections that the vessel should also include details of bunkers, lube oils, paints, chemicals, spare parts, stores, of food and supplies etc in their entirety.When a vessel is boarded at a later stage by Customs Officers to inspect what has been declared in the "store list" ...

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Argentina-Towage increase

Increased by about 26.5 percent as from 1 May 2011 Agents have been informed by local towage companies that the current port towage charges at ALL Argentine port will be increased by about 26.5 percent as from 1 May 2011.The following are examples of the increase applicable at Necochea and Bahia Blanca.Estimated impact on a panamax vessel (75.000 DWT), all values stated are expressed in USD:Necochea port:Current tariff: USD 38.995.- Straight time - fm 07 to 19 (Mon to Fri) and fm 07 to 13 (Sat) USD 54.592.- Overtime - fm 19 to 07 (Mon to Fri) and fm 00 to 07 (Sat) 40pct USD 62.390.- Overtime - fm 13 to 24 (Sat) and (Sun/holidays) 60pct Increased tariff: USD 49.330.- Straight time - fm 07 to 19 (Mon to Fri) and fm 07 to 13 (Sat) USD 69.062.- Overtime - fm 19 to 07 (Mon to Fri) and fm 00 to 07 (Sat) 40pct USD 78.928.- Overtime - fm 13 to 24 (Sat) and (Sun/holidays) 60pctBahia Blanca port:Current tariff: USD 41.524.- Straight time - fm 07 to 19 (Mon to Fri) and fm 07 to 13 (Sat) USD 51.905.- Overtime - fm 19 to 07 (Mon to Fri) and fm ...

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