I regret to have to report, that for health reasons and after a tough warning from a doctor yesterday, October 24th, I must start closing this blog.
It is also my intention to finish my participation in the "Debate" in the blog of the Nuestromar Foundation.
I have notified the President of “Nuestromar”of this, adding that it is my intention to make my blog accessible only to people who ask me, as many students do.
For them I will see if you can organize this with an input system with a "password".
My frustration is that my ideas were never accepted in any debate.
This made me feel ill and nervous. Now, after not having followed suggestions of many friends, the doctor painted me a clear picture, which I now must follow.
I copy here part of my note to Nuestromar, as a first explanation of what I will try to do:This new entry is addressed primarily to many people whom I have invited to participate in the debate, without succeeding.
I am going to ask them, to first read a presentation that I made in September 2016 at CPAU, where I gave a lot of information about my participation in the CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL OF THE SUB-SECRETARIAT OF PORTS AND WATERWAYS, FROM JANUARY 15th TO APRIL 23 rd 2016.
And then read the October 10, 2017 presentation at LANUS UNIVERSITY. See more
You will see how after a year of continuous efforts, which never received a reply, I could eliminate in the recent presentation in the University a long story of reasons why a single container terminal is sufficient in the complicated future of the Port of Buenos Aires !!
In September 2016 I still had to repeat much information given in 2013 and 2014, when I participated in PENSAR, THE THINK-TANK OF MACRI and what I transmitted in the Advisory Council of the S.P. and V.N., where these points were discussed in its meeting in April 2016:
Finally they have accepted and the plan now is for one container-terminal. And I will draw attention to some slides where I mention SOME POINTS I'VE BEEN SAYING SINCE 2013, so that they take note of the arguments why I suggest that ANY MODERNIZATION PLAN OF THE P.B.A., must begin with studies of CIRCULATION OF TRUCKS FOR THE ONLY TERMINAL.
And then I will say, please write down CERTAIN THINGS I SAY TODAY.
AND THAT YOU PROMISE ME that in 2020 you will STUDY WHAT FINALLY WAS DECIDED WITH A PLAN OF MODERNIZATION OF THE A.G.P., (Note TO MY UNDERSTANDING, BY LAWS IN FORCE, A.G.P. HAS ONLY AUTHORITY ABOUT PLANS FOR THE PORT OF BUENOS AIRES. AND THAT A PLAN OF THIS PORT, SHOULD BE PART OF ANOTHER PLAN, THAT OF ALL PORTS IN THE COUNTRY.
And that you then analyze ALL THAT WAS SPENT WITH THE PLAN of A.G.P. and to confirm that the decisions that were taken, were correct and the investments were justified!!!
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR THE INHABITANTS OF THE CITY OF B.A.: please check that the AGP PLAN has effectively LIMITED TO THE MINIMUM, THE DISADVANTAGES THAT EVERY PORT CAUSES TO THE CITY.
For that, you must do STUDIES of future TRUCK FLOWS, from the moment the truck leaves THE GARAGE OF THE OWNER, UNTIL THE TRUCK RETURNS, AFTER THE SERVICES THAT HAVE BEEN RENDERED.
THIS INCLUDES THE PLACES WHERE THE BONDED WAREHOUSES ARE AND THE STORAGE-AREAS OF EMPTY CONTAINERS, A MATTER THAT HAS BEEN STUDED AT MOST PORTS SINCE 1980.
And so I allow myself, in this last entry, to insist that, by covering the whole of the BASIN F, the best possibilities of making correct flows of trucks will be obtained.
And I will close with a note that I sent Monday to two friends who work in the government:
Congratulations on the great victory!
You will certainly be very happy with the victory!
This marks the moment that President Macri may begin to CHANGE WHAT SHOULD BE CHANGED.
I read a very good article on this is from Carlos Pagni.
FORTUNATELY, what I sincerely feared in some moments, that the "oposition" would confuse many voters, DID NOT HAPPEN.
FORTUNATELY this danger no longer exists and finally the "danger of a return" was eliminated.
In this sense I sincerely believe that the first thing to do now is to put the HOUSE IN ORDER.
With this I close this last entry.
FOUNDATION NUESTROMAR ("OUR SEA"), with a long history in Argentina, has put its blog, www.nuestromar.org at the disposal of professionals, who wish to participate in an open debate about the Modernization Plan for the Port of Buenos Aires.
Because I always have claimed that somebody should start such a debate, I sent my application immediately, which was accepted. On Saturday,July 15th, www.nuestromar.org published this with the title: The first contribution to the debate for the Modernization of the Port of Buenos Aires.
This was followed already on Monday July 17th by a contribution of Mr. Rodolfo Rocca, General Manager of the Port Authority of La Plata.
PORTSTRATEGY has published several important articles that refer to the Modernization Plan for the Port of Buenos Aires. On JULY 8th I sent a new proposal,The future roles of ports of the Atlantic- and Pacific-coasts in both hemispheres. But the "program was fully booked till October", when this text probably would have lost its goal.
But because PORTSTRATEGY admitted that this article has its merrits, I have decided to put it in this blog.
Why does Argentina need INTERMODAL TRANSPORT POLICIES? Read more.
Possibly some readers would like to have an idea of what is written in the Spanish texts of my blog. It starts with this text:
Books are not written to be read in 15 minutes and neither is this blog.
And to give an example: everyone will understand that you cannot describe in a few minutes, the serious problems that presently exist for ships that are loaded in Rosario, to reach deeper water south of Montevideo. Now these vessels suffer great and costly delays.
And neither can one clarify in a few minutes, that those extra-costs will be for account of our PRODUCERS and that finally this problem affects the competitiveness of the whole country.
But there are really people who are in a "hurry" and for them I have prepared two short "presentations" to start this blog:
The first one is the "background" of this blog: Open here.
Within a logical sequence, these two important things are elsewhere in this blog.
Do you want to start well with the reading of this site, to understand the ABUNDANT lessons that have existed since 1970 and that we STILL HAVE NOT LEARNED? Then you must pay attention to a PPT written for “Intermodal Transportation classes” in 2010 in an ITBA / FUNDACIÓN LIBERTAD DE ROSARIO program, based on the best history of the CONTAINER.
It is the story of Arthur Donavan and Joseph Bonney's 2006: THE BOX THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, and it has been completed with some texts from 3 books of the Department of Transportartion D.O.T., with the title INTERMODAL FREIGHT-TRANSPORTATION. (Spanish text: open here).
As a second step, you have to read the presentation made in a M.B.A in the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) on November 12, 2015: Foreign Trade and Competitiveness, also with small adjustments. (Spanish text: open here).
As a third step I have adapted the third part of the M.B.A. of the UBA of November 12, 2015, which presented in a class of Professor Mr. Eduardo Parodi, currently an official in the Secretariat of Planning of the Ministry of Transportation: (Spanish text: open here).
Invited by Carmen Polo, Sub-secretary of “Planning” in the MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT and by Mr. Emilio Alzaga, I made the following presentation in March 2016:
HOW TO DEVELOP A PORT POLICY: (Spanish text: open here).
THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE “CITY OF BUENOS AIRES” WITH ITS “NEW PORT in 2019”. A pending debate. (Spanish text: open here)
On April 13th Cronista/Transport & Cargo published this article, which was reproduced in www.nuestromar.org: The port of Buenos Aires is planned with a concession of 50 years and US$ 1 billion investment.
To this article I made 3 comments in Nuestromar, which I will repeat in an extended form in this website, as a continuation of "Lessons that can be extracted from the failed Advisory Council of the Sub-Secretariat of Ports and Waterways".All CITIZENS of the country have the RIGHT that the Port of Buenos Aires be EFFICIENT, COMPETITIVE and INSERTED IN THE PLANS TO REDUCE POVERTY. The right to be "efficient and competitive" has been taken from the example in a similar case of 2014 by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which was universally accepted.
And I believe that all well-meaning people of the country will agree that it must be inserted in the fight against poverty AND THAT we should not spend US$ 1 billion of state investments in a Plan that offers no guarantees of success.
A port always has negative effects for a city and its surroundings.
Therefore, the CITIZENS of the C.A.B.A. and Greater Buenos Aires, moreover have the RIGHT TO DEMAND PROOF that in the planning of this "efficient and competitive" port, those solutions have been sought that will cause the least possible inconvenience to them. And for this, studies must be made of the cargo flows which are generated by the port and to DECREASE and not to INCREASE the multiple cases that exist now, where empty trucks or circuits where trucks with the same cargo, cross the city twice.
That's the reason why I made this first comment in www.nuestromar.org:
Who will defend the rights of 40 million Argentines to have an EFFICIENT AND COMPETITIVE Port ? And moreover the right of the citizens of B.A. that this port will cause the least possible inconvenience, which has a port always has for a city?
The other question I posed, was this: Will it be taken into account in the "light-motiv" (from the "leit-motiv" in German, "leading" motive) of the necessary ROUND TABLE CONFERENCES, that in a country with 30%, PRIORITIES OF INVESTMENTS MUST BE MADE?
And last but not least: Will bad decisions that already have been taken, be corrected?
Articles in PORTSTRATEGY related with “Lessons that can be learned from the failed Consejo Consultivo (advisory council) of the Under-secretariat of Ports and Waterways”.
Article Portstrategy May 2nd 2017by Mr. Olaf Merk. Read more.
My letter of May 12th to Mr.Olaf Merk and his answer. Read more.
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.
At the invitation of the Bar of Lawyers of Lomas de Zamora / University of Lomas de Zamora, I made a presentation on May 10th, 2016 on the impact that "the Laws of Transportation have had on the Competitiveness" of different countries.
An important part of this presentation is based on the study that was made by proffessors from the Universities of Nottingham and Lund. In 2013 they presented the results of their studies, which demonstrated the great benefits Intermodal Transport has had on the enormous growth of "World Trade" in the last decades.
One of the main objectives was to determine which of the two pillars of this growth has contributed more: Trade Facilitation, which eliminated many barriers to trade or Intermodal Transport, which drastically has reduced transport costs.
The 3 findings of these studies left no doubt:
The Universities did not intend to elaborate on the reasons why the central countries have benefitted most and simply informed that the most striking results were found in countries with ports with good rail connections and therefore the greatest benefits were found in "North-North traffics" (between core countries) and few in "North-South" or "South -South traffic".
Many think it is a matter of "infrastructure", but as you can read in other studies mentioned in this presentation, the core-countries have carefully studied all factors that have to do with "costs" to move a load or a person from one point to another, which are much more than the mere costs charged by carriers.
In this presentation, the emphasis is on the studies that were made about the relation between Laws of Transportation and Competitiveness and about the studies that showed the best positive results.
Observations, suggestions and constructive criticisms are welcome.