Puertos y
transporte intermodal

 

 

Welcome to this website,
of which the Spanish part
is intended to be a “follow-up”
of a book of 2001:
“Contenedores, Buques y Puertos,
partes de un sistema de transporte”.
(“Containers, Vessels and Ports,
part of a transport-system”).

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LA GRIETA, THE “CRACK” WHICH COULD BE THE BEGIN OF SELF-DESTRUCTION IN ARGENTINA?

This time I have made an entry in this blog, which is intended to be a place of analysis of matters related with TRANSPORT AND PORTS.

This time I feel obliged to write about the concept “GRIETA” or "CRACK", a word that is omnipresent in Argentina in all explanations about social facts of the Argentines.

In the mass media, family birthdays, messages with school friends, etc.

Most opinion makers use this gimmicky device to explain their “opinions” of all events that have to do with “politics”.

The word “crack” is always mentioned in “Mobilizations”, Strikes, Public Debates and cultural expressions.


After watching one of the six hours long televisión-programs during the afternoons of Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of september, I decided to write a VERY RARE NOTE IN THIS BLOG:

I WISH TO INVITE THE INHABITANTS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, to think about what is said and written about ARGENTINA and Argentines in the world.


Some of those things are very nice, others are going to receive many critics of my readers, but there are psychiatrists who recommend reading it as a very necessary "remedy" in these days of convulsion and chaos.


In the first place, that Argentina is a BEAUTIFUL country that has all the potential to be one of the best countries of the planet, which has the capacity to feed 5 times (or much more) of the number of people living in the country, with a climate that is good, with people of a high degree of intelligence.

This is so, if we remember that until the middle of the 50s it had an education system that served as an example of the 6 countries that began to form the European Union.

At that time it was predicted that within a decade, Argentina would be among the top 10 economies in the world.


Many Argentines who emigrated, reached positions of high categories in countries of the so-called first world.

Argentina is a country that has no racial or religious problems, which put many of those countries in danger.


Now the ugly part, which many will not like:

In the sixties, the Japanese had a joke, which said that some of them complained to God when he started creating the world, because he had given everything to Argentina and little to Japan.

To these "complainers" he replied, YES BUT I STILL DID NOT PUT PEOPLE.

Not long ago, in another country, Spain, there was talk of the EGO of Argentines, saying that an Argentine who wants to commit suicide, climbs to the top of his EGO and then throws himself down.

And another thing that also deserves attention, are jokes in Peru that told the poor that they should go to Argentina, because there they were immediately given homes in what they called "pueblos jovenes"(shanty towns).


Returning to one of the programs of Maxi Montenegro on Tuesday:

In several of the debates, with different political opinions, where everyone wants to talk and no one listens, Maxi intervened very correctly.

That's why I sent him a tweet, advising him to summarize the main parts of that program.

First he had to inform the viewers something of the "best" participants and then show his correct interventions in his program, always leaving the identifications on the screen, so that people can understand well what it was all about.


Then I watched another program, where the same thing happened, until there was a very short but excellent intervention by Mr. Hugo Perico Perez, a well-known ex-soccer player.

For this intervention I put an entry in my Facebook:

The country needs more people like Mr. Hugo Perico Perez, who participated with a clear CLAIM to THE JOURNALISTS OF ALL THOSE PROGRAMS, THAT ALL THOSE PROGRAMS MUST HAVE THE MAIN OBJECTIVE TO FIND WAYS TO CLOSE THE CRACK.

YOU MUST CLOSE THE CRACK IF YOU WANT TO SAVE THE COUNTRY. Antonio Zuidwijk


This immediately received this comment:

Juan Carlos Fusero Very good your comment Antonio.

And this gave me the courage to continue with the topic:


Now I ask all my contacts that they try to form an action on all possible Facebooks, to start something like was done in another occasion, which managed to organize a similar public claim in the Plaza de May not long ago.


It is unfortunate that there are still opportunists in ALL POLITICAL PARTIES, WHO TRY TO “BRING WATER TO THEIR OWN MILLS”.

THEY SHOULD STOP TRYING TO TAKE WATER ONLY TO THEIR OWN MILL.

ALL PARTIES ARE TO BLAME.

THEY SHOULD CLOSE THEIR MOUTHS FOR A WHILE AND FIRST SHOULD TRY TO FORM THE BASIS TO MAINTAIN GOVERNABILITY.

THE CRISIS IN ARGENTINA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MODERNIZATION PLAN OF THE PORT OF BUENOS AIRES.

In this blog, www.antonioz.com.ar I have written a lot about this "Plan".

After the major changes which just have been announced by the aurhorities, some points should be brought to their attention.

In this note the main points have been reflected.

The epic of the M.V. "REPUBLICA ARGENTINA".

During the difficult voyage of the M.V."REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA", which is searching a safe port, it has encountered head-winds and storms.

And now it entered a HURRICANE, just at a time when the ship is in a sea full of rocks.

If the ship touches one of the rocks, it will sink.

What should a Captain do in this situation?Captain Macri who is in command of the ship "REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA" decided to request the assistance of a “PILOT”, to assist him in the navigation between the dangerous rocks.

Captain Macri has the full confidence only of a third of his crew, the complete distrust of another third party and the rest do not give their opinion, waiting for the results of how the captain is handling his ship in the hurricane.

It is those "undecided" who will decide with their vote if the Captain will continue in command on the next trip.

(In this real case they will decide if he will continue or not in 2019 as President, if he has the strength to continue the difficult task). Captain Macri decided to choose F.M.I as a pilot.But while the pilot was climbing to the bridge, he left the engines "FULL AHEAD", without a change course. This was a serious mistake.

The captain must lower the speed and must first put the pilot in touch with what is happening with his vessel, so that the pilot can give his advice.

It seems that he is doing this now.

Great changes are announced at this moment.

Now Captain Macri must do the SELF-CRITICS THAT HE ANNOUNCED BEFORE A "SPIRITUAL RETREAT" HE HAD PLANNED IN CHAPADMALAL, which was not fulfilled.

One area where he can probably find PROOF OF ERRORS committed in the 31 MONTHS OF HIS GOVERNMENT, is how the MODERNIZATION PLAN OF THE PORT OF BUENOS AIRES has been addressed.

Following advice from his cabinet, President Macri appointed Mr. G. Mortola as his "navigation officer". (Trustee of the General Administration of Ports, S.A.).

But, according to many experts on the subject, Mr. Mortola DOES NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATES THAT THIS IMPORTANT POSITION REQUIRES.

There are several articles in www.tradenews.com.ar, and in a blog of the FOUNDATION OUR SEA”" www.nuestromar.org” which deserve to be read carefully.

In some comments you can find the evidence that since January 2016 serious mistakes have been made. Many know this, but few have brought this forward to public knowledge.

If Captain Macri wants to act as a good CAPTAIN, he should request his PILOT NOW WHAT HIS OPINION IS of this PLAN.

He should ask the F.M.I. to make an analysis of what is written in the articles of THIS BLOG, where problems of the MODERNIZATION PLAN OF THE PORT OF BUENOS AIRES are discussed.

It is a "PLAN" that has an estimated cost between US $ 1.000.000.000 and US$ 1.200.000.000.

In that PLAN much is spoken about the rights of 44 million inhabitants, to have a COMPETITIVE PORT.

But that seems absolutely IMPOSSIBLE with a PLAN OF MODERNIZATION WITH SUCH A TREMENDOUS COST, with the conditions that have been described.

The PLAN is of utmost importance for the COMPETITIVENESS OF THE COUNTRY and if errors are made again in the decisión, Argentina will continue to go around in the same mistakes that have been committed for 70 years, which are the fault of the present situation.

The lack of open discussions of what our Logistics Chains require, are the underlying causes.

THIS IS A DIFFICULT TASK, WHICH NEEDS A PROPER STUDY. The country must form THE EXPERTS WHO IN THE FUTURE WILL DEFEND THE PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS OF THE COUNTRY, IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE "LOGISTIC PLANS", SOMETHING THAT NEVER HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR.

THE PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS OF THE COUNTRY WILL PAY THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES IF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD INSIST WITH THIS PLAN.

These new experts must participate ACTIVELY IN THE VERY NECESSARY DIALOGUE TIGHT FROM HE BEGINNING, AS WAS PROPOSED BY O.E.C.D. AT THE START OF

THE NEW GOVERNMENT.

THE PRESENT PLAN IS TOTALLY INFLEXIBLE.

NOW ALL THE PORTS OF THE WORLD MAKE FLEXIBLE PLANS, taking in account that there are many “UNKWONS" of HOW MARITIME TRANSPORTATION WILL BE in the coming years, after the 9 years long crisis period ends.

THIS AFFECTS THE WHOLE WORLD AND IS OF EXTREME IMPORTANCE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE PORT OF BUENOS AIRES.

And among the "minefields" that make the situation of this country so difficult, there are the problems WITH LABOUR-UNIONS that the PLAN generates.

There is also much to analyze in that PLAN, which is worth applying to many other government plans.

PRIORITIES MUST BE FIXED where and how the little MONEY that is left, will be spent.

To those who have an interest in the subject, it is advisable to read in this website the article: WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED OF THE FAILED INITIATIVE OF THE EX-SUBSECRETARY OF PORTS J.METZ of January 2016 TO FORM HIS CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL?

I hope this suggestion will be accepted, as it is very likely that it is applicable in many cases.

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Newspaper La Nacion about "Transport-plans in Argentina

My note about the crisis which Argentina is suffering once more,might have been avoided if instead of the easy and "optimistic way", a difficult way wpould have been chosen.

This idea was published in the newspaper LA NACION, when the new government just had started. The titel I had chosen was:A POSSIBLE PLAN FOR THE PORT OF BUENOS AIRES, which the editor changed to INTERMODAL TRANSPORT. THIS ARTICLE CAN BE OPENED HERE.

New

“OECD Round Table Conference” held in Buenos Aires on April 10 th and 11th 2017.

Argentina’s Rising Grains Production Strands Vessels in River Traffic February 16, 2017 by Reuters, Author at gCaptain. See more.

This important article deserved several comments, which I asent in a letter to Mr. Guillermo Wade of CAPYM, (Cámara de Actividades Portuarias y Marítimas/ Chamber of Maritime Agencies of Rosario). See more.

A pending debate.

Does Argentina need Intermodal Transport Policies?

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THE "BELGRANO-PLAN NEEDS A STRATEGY AND LOGISTICS".

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The impact of the crisis in shipping on container lines serving the East Coast of South America (ECSA).



Ports and Intermodal Transport, Globalization and growth in World-trade.

Efficient logistics chains improve competitiveness of our producers and benefit both producers and consumers!

The advance of mega-vessels and the growing problems in our waterways.

From Sept. 7th to 11th, the Smart Rivers 2015 Conference took place in Buenos Aires. This has been the most important conference on Waterways that has been held in our country.
PREZI | University of Twente Study-group: collaboration between neighbour-countries.

Other topics of the old website.