April 7 (Reuters) – Copagaz has signed an agreement to become Brazil’s first private distributor to import cooking gas, or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), by boat in a deal with Argentina’s Transportadora de Gas del Sur (TGS), an executive told Reuters. .
The move reflects a shift in Brazil’s fuel market as state-controlled company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras, sells assets and reduces its dominance in the country.
Copagaz, Brazil’s biggest cooking gas distributor, will buy 7,600 tonnes of LPG in three cargoes for delivery between April 8 and May 1 at the Tergasul terminal in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, said the company’s vice president of operations, Agnaldo Inojosa.
In 2019, Copagaz was the first private company to import cooking gas from Bolívia, using trucks. Previously, Petrobras, which will sell eight oil refineries, was the only Brazilian company that has so far imported petroleum cargoes. (Reporting by Marta Nogueira, written by Sabrina Valle Editing by Marguerita Choy)
BOGOTA (Reuters) – South America is the most worrying region for COVID-19 infection, as cases are increasing in nearly every country, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.
“There is no such place of infection as in South America,” Director Carissa Etienne told a weekly press conference.
Brazil may have experienced the most merciless surge and scientists predict it will soon surpass the worst wave of a record January wave in the United States, with daily deaths rising above 4,000 on Tuesday.
“The situation in Brazil is alarming across the country,” said Covid-19 incident director Sylvain Aldighieri. “Our immediate concern is also for Brazilians themselves in the context of this overwhelmed healthcare service.”
Brazil needs access to more vaccines now and should be able to receive them through global partnerships, said Aldighieri.
PAHO could extend its assistance to Brazilian states if requested, he said, adding it was already helping with virus sequencing, oxygen procurement and testing.
Intensive care units are nearing capacity in Peru and Ecuador and in parts of Bolivia and Colombia cases have more than doubled in the last week, said Etienne, adding the southern cone is also accelerating in some cases.
The US, Brazil and Argentina were among the ten countries experiencing the highest number of new infections globally, he added.
America recorded more than 1.3 million cases of the new coronavirus and more than 37,000 deaths last week, said Etienne, with more than half of all deaths reported globally.
“We cannot mitigate public health and social interventions without good data and justification,” said Etienne, adding that slowing down and stopping transmission “requires decisive action from local and national governments.”
More than 210 million doses of the vaccine have been given across America, Etienne added.
Bolivia, Nicaragua and Haiti may be affected by delays in deliveries of the India Serum Institute vaccine, said sub-director Jarbas Barbosa, but the World Health Organization is calling on the Indian government to ensure a delivery agreement.
* Brazil's real leads gains as inflation increases
* Argentine peso the sole loser
* Latam stocks up in early trade
By Ambar Warrick
April 5 (Reuters) - Most Latin American currencies rose on
Monday as the dollar retreated slightly from recent gains, while
Argentina's peso dropped after President Alberto Fernandez
tested positive for COVID-19.
Chile's peso hit a more-than one-month high, while
Brazil's real led gains among its peers on waning
pressure from the greenback, which retreated slightly from
recent peaks after stellar U.S. payrolls data.
The real also benefited from increasing inflation trends in
the country, which have spurred monetary policy tightening
measures by Brazil's central bank.
Still, the real has lagged its peers by a wide margin this
year, as the country struggles to roll out vaccinations amid a
rising death toll from COVID-19.
Increased bullishness on the dollar and rising Treasury
yields have also weighed on emerging market currencies this
year, with those in Latam bearing the brunt of the pressure due
to a damaging resurgence of the coronavirus in the region.
A mild pullback in U.S. benchmark yields benefited emerging
market currencies on Monday.
"Our view to start the year was partly based on the enormous
gap between the green and black lines, indicating that the USD
was too weak relative to the global outlook," analysts at TD
"That gap has been closed, and now a new open has opened up
in the other direction. It's not huge, but we think there's room
for a USD pause in the interim."
Argentina's peso lagged its regional peers on the day
after President Fernandez tested positive for the virus,
although doctors called the case mild.
Most Latin American stocks rose in early trade. Brazilian
iron ore miner Vale was among the top boosts to the
Bovespa benchmark index after it announced plans to buy
Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies:
Latest Daily % change
MSCI Emerging Markets 1338.11 -0.01
MSCI LatAm 2317.50 1.61
Brazil Bovespa 116839.76 1.38
Mexico IPC 47574.09 0.69
Chile IPSA 4883.44 -0.04
Argentina MerVal - -
Colombia COLCAP 1320.36 0.27 Currencies Latest Daily % change
Brazil real 5.6490 1.15
Mexico peso 20.2600 0.17
Chile peso 713.8 0.45
Colombia peso 3642.03 0.33
Peru sol 3.7427 0.00
Argentina peso 92.2300 -0.25
(Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru)
The Southwest Atlantic Ocean attracts fishing fleets from around the world because of the wealth of marine life that swims outside of national waters. But despite concerns over overfishing, the region lacks the type of management organization or fishing governance systems that exist in many other regions of the world.
Uruguay, with a new government since last year, is trying to change this.
Fishing fleets from China, Taiwan, South Korea and Spain are concentrated in waters near the outer boundary of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. They search for squids and other species and often stop at the port of Montevideo in Uruguay.
The number of ships on both sides of the South American continent has grown steadily over the past two decades, causing disputes with the authorities. In Ecuador, Chinese boats were accused of fishing illegally last year. Meanwhile, the Argentine government caught three fishing vessels illegally in its waters.
This triggers the argument for regional initiatives to regulate fishing activities in areas outside the EEZ, which can help to establish catch limits, fishing seasons and closed reserves, and allow for keeping precise records of fishing activities and their legality.
Entering the second year of President Luis Lacalle Pou’s administration, Uruguay is working to advance such an initiative. This matches the government’s announcement last year of a new marine protected area that will cover 10 percent of the country’s waters.
Regional fisheries organization
Jaime Coronel, Uruguay’s national director of water resources, told China Dialogue Ocean that the country had been in talks with Brazil since last year on establishing a regional fisheries management organization (RFMO). “It is very important to have a control system in the region, like those in other parts of the world,” he stressed.
RFMOs exist in most of the high seas areas with large fisheries or complex ecosystems. They facilitate cooperation between governments and help improve the prospects for species under constant fishing pressure, such as tuna and swordfish. They are responsible for assessing resources, monitoring ships and adopting conservation measures, among others. Many have the power to manage resources according to an “ecosystem approach”. There are two special RFMOs for tuna that cover the Atlantic Ocean. But there is no RFMO for any other species that monitors the Southwest Atlantic.
Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), states have an obligation to work together to conserve marine life on the high seas, and develop management measures if they exploit the same resources as other countries. The state was even asked to form a regional fisheries organization.
This is particularly relevant given the RFMO has the potential to protect biodiversity, and countries have negotiated an important global agreement known as BBNJ (biodiversity outside national jurisdiction) – although the last BBNJ session, in 2020, was postponed by the pandemic.
The littoral states in the Southwest Atlantic have not yet agreed to any management and governance formulas for international waters, nor have they arranged to prevent foreign fleets in waters adjacent to national jurisdiction from taking advantage of the fish and squid there.
Coronel said Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry was in talks with Brazil on the creation of a Southwest Atlantic RFMO, which in turn raised the idea within Mercosur, a customs union made up of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. However, Coronel warned that all countries must agree if the idea is to advance.
States must regulate themselves to regulate catches outside national waters.
According to Coronel, at the last meeting of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Fisheries Committee, in February, Argentina said it was not willing to negotiate on an RFMO, but it would be done if the model was different. The country has not yet proposed an alternative system of government for areas outside national jurisdiction.
Coronel made it clear that Uruguay would not hold talks with Argentina for a month or more. This was partly to give Argentina the opportunity to find alternatives to the RFMO
Information exchange network
The head of the Uruguayan navy, Rear Admiral José Luis Elizondo, told China Dialogue Ocean that the country was also making progress with a working group on the American Maritime Authority Regional Operations Cooperation Network (ROCRAM).
Its aim is to create a digital platform on which countries can gather information on all vessels, including those conducting or supporting unreported and unregulated fishing.
Elizondo explained that efforts to overcome this activity are currently only being carried out by individual countries. Once operational, the platform will provide information about maritime traffic, especially ships transporting fish, fuel or other cargo from one ship to another.
The ROCRAM working group will try to raise awareness, find solutions and see how it affects unreported and unregulated fishing, because “it threatens the food security of our country,” added Elizondo.
IUU fishing and poor management of the high seas endanger the natural renewal of fish populations and even entire species. Even if it is stated, legal and regulated fishing provides protein and food security for the world’s three billion people, according to the United Nations.
Uruguay fish resources
Forty-five commercially valuable species were caught in Uruguay in 2018, according to marine biologist Andrés Milessi, coordinator of the Organization for the Conservation of Cetaceans (OCC) and the Oceanosanos project, which uses official statistics. In 2019, the top five are sea bass, hake, whiting, rouget, and blue hake.
Most are caught by trawlers working alone or in pairs, on longlines or, in the case of artisanal fisheries, gill nets.
Milessi told China Dialogue Ocean that the main species caught off the coast of Uruguay migrated between there, Brazil and Argentina. There is already a Joint Technical Commission between Argentina and Uruguay which studies and analyzes catches and establishes catch management measures, as well as makes recommendations on catch rates. But increased coordination between Southwest Atlantic countries will help migrate species between the three countries such as hake, Milessi added.
“We have to fish at a level that allows species to grow, reproduce and maintain healthy populations without achieving extreme destruction,” said Milessi. “To do this, countries must organize themselves to regulate catches, usually migratory, outside national waters.”
Sabina Goldaracena is a freelance reporter from Uruguay. The focus is on environmental and social issues related to the fishing industry.
This article appears courtesy of China Dialogue Ocean and can be found in its original form here.
The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily have to be those of The Maritime Executive.
Buenos Aires, 4 Apr (UNI) Germany continued their recent stellar form in the FIH Pro Hockey League with a 3-2 away win over Olympic champions Argentina in Buenos Aires. It was a different story in the women’s match, with Argentina winning on penalties against Germany to take two points from a possible three in Las Leonas’ first competitive game in more than a year, the FIH reported here on Saturday.
The action kicked off in the men’s competition, where a lovely moment from Constantin Staib later in life gave the German men a hard-earned 3-2 win over the hots. The result saw Die Honamas – who are aiming for a fifth consecutive Olympic podium when they take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics rescheduled later this year – move up to third in the FIH Hockey Pro League standings, adding three more points from six. which they claimed against the Dutch in Amsterdam last month.
Germany took the lead twice thanks to strikes from Christopher Rühr and debutant Luis Gill, but prolific corner-kicking master Jose Tolini was able to equalize at every opportunity. The decisive moment arrived with only four minutes of the match remaining, with Staib collecting the ball with his back to the net before firing a shot between his own legs and into the bottom left corner of the net.
Germany’s Mats Grambusch, who was named Player of the Match and played a key role in creating Staib’s humiliating winning goal, said: “To be honest, [Best Player] Awards don’t really matter to me. What is important to me is the three points we got today in a very, very difficult game. I’m happy about that. We just arrived four days ago, and with jet lag, being used to winter in Germany and unfamiliar with these temperatures, overall we’re very happy that we had this kind of performance today. “
Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi said: “This is the first game in a long time, so I think it is a difficult game for us, but it is a good feeling to be on the pitch again. We are developing, and tomorrow we hope to improve. our mistake today. “
A CAGGEY AFFAIR: The women’s contest between Argentina and Germany was an astute affair, with both teams struggling to create clear goalscoring opportunities in the opening two periods. The match opened in the third and fourth quarters, with Argentina captain Delfina Merino canceling a goal before Germany’s Nike Lorenz missed a glorious chance to win from the penalty spot late on.
A 0-0 draw ensures that both teams will take one point from the contest, but the hosts will steal the bonus points. Merino scored the decisive goal, but debutant goalkeeper Clara Baberi – who replaced regular Belen Succi on penalties – proved invaluable. Baberi conceded just two of Germany’s five attempts, setting things up perfectly for the very experienced Merino to seal the extra points as Las Leonas cemented their grip on second place in the FIH Pro Hockey League standings.
“It was a tough match,” said Julieta Jankunas of Argentina, named Player of the Match. “We are very happy we won. Germany are a very good team, so we saved two points and are now waiting for tomorrow to win again.”
Nike Lorenz from Germany said: “I think we definitely have to get more results in the circle. Our defense is very good, I think, so we need to keep working like that and only score a few goals.”