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
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
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
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