About 60 ships encountered delays on Friday near Argentina’s grains hub of Rosario, after a vessel sailing on the Parana River ran aground and blocked the maritime traffic downriver towards the Atlantic Ocean, local authorities informed. The ship, identified as the bulk carrier 'Pilatus Venture', was eventually refloated and sailed downstream on 5 May.
Contracted by Glencore, the cargo ship was heading to Australia, when it was stranded on Thursday about 85 kilometers south of Rosario, on the Rio Parana, one of the country’s major trade waterways.
As no ship could move Friday, they hold shipments at port, according to the head of Argentina’s Chamber of Port and Maritime Activity, Guillermo Wade, as cited by Reuters.
At the time of the incident, the vessel was carrying 42,500 tonnes of soybean meal, as the seasonal harvest of corn and soy is beginning and port activity is increasing in Argentina. The country is globally the top exporter of soymeal livestock feed, Reuters reports.