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13/09/2017 0:00 - Agricultural Commodities Market
Grain vessels entering Rosario ports grew 90% over the last 20 years

Large investments in the oilseeds complex of the Greater Rosario Area since 1995, when dredging and beaconing activities began in the Paraná river, resulted in a 90% increase in the number of grain vessels entering the waterway up to the Santa Fe Port, including a 30% increase in tanker vessels. This is a result of a 486% increase in oilseed processing capacity over the last 20 years.

In 1996, 1,025 grain vessels and 733 ocean tankers entered the waterway. 20 years later, these figures had increased to 1,973 vessels and 958 tankers. The increase is largely tied to a significant rise in oilseed processing capacity, which went from 27,100 tons per day in 1995 to 158,750 tons per day in 2015.

The following article summarized vessel activity in the Hidrovía Paraná-Paraguay from 1996 to 2015. Data was collected by Hidrovía S.A. and made available by offices within the Ministry of Transport. Table N° 1 summarized the characteristics of different types of vessel classifications.


Before going ahead, it should be considered that until 2013, traffic reports included information on all vessels. Since 2014, only vessels with a draft more than 15 feet deep are included, given that they represent most of the flow. We should also remember that the following data is expressed on net register tons, which represent moorsom tons of loading capacity discounted of those areas without commercial use (i.e. crew spaces, machinery, etc.).

Table N° 2 shows the number of vessels entering the waterway by type in descending order of relevance (as of 1996).

By looking at Tables N° 2 and N° 3, we can obtain other relevant conclusions:

a) According to Hidrovía SA, the total entrance of ships with a draft of over 15 feet deep in 2015 equaled to 4,460 units, 19% above the level for 1996.


b) Grain vessels grew the most out of all ship categories, with a 92% rise in the number of vessels between 1996 and 2015.

c) The growth in the number of grain vessels travelling through the waterway is mainly related to strong investments in the grain complex of the Greater Rosario Area. Its crushing capacity increased 486% between 1995 and 2015.


d) These investments also gave way to an increase in the number of tankers carrying vegetable oils, biodiesel, and other liquid bulk freights. In 2015, 958 tankers entered the waterway, 30% more than in 1996.

These numbers are a testament to the benefits of the increase in crushing capacity of the vegetable oils industry located in the Greater Rosario Area. Given its exporting profile, it has represented a significant boost to activity in the Parana-Paraguay waterway


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