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Governor Axel Kicillof and president of Conarpesa, Fernando Álvarez Castellano, in Puerto Coronel Rosales (Photo: Global ports)

Conarpesa disembarks with millionaire investment in the province of Buenos Aires

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It will disburse U$D 4.8M in a logistics center and will build cold chambers. Part of its catches will begin to be unloaded at the port of Coronel Rosales and will be exported from Bahía Blanca. At the moment, it does not plan to process raw material in that province.

The president of Conarpesa, Fernando Álvarez Castellano, confirmed to REVISTA PUERTO that the company will deploy an ambitious investment plan in the province of Buenos Aires. This Tuesday, he met with Governor Axel Kicillof at the port of Coronel Rosales to provide him with details of the works that began in Punta Alta, which in a first stage require an investment of 148 million, but which contemplates a global disbursement of 600 million pesos (U$D 4.8M).
The businessman clarified that it is an investment in "logistics and operations", indicating that the production process of processing is maintained in Puerto Madryn and Rawson, whose plant in the city of the gulf was in full activity yesterday with the entry of shrimp from national waters.
“We are going to build large warehouses for the technical part of the ships and cold storage chambers. We have decided that we will make the biological stop of the ships in the port of Rosales because they have made everything available to us,” he stressed when confirming the incursion of Conarpesa in the province of Buenos Aires.
Also present during the meeting between Kicillof and Álvarez Castellano were the Undersecretary for Port Affairs, Juan Cruz Lucero, the Senator from Buenos Aires, Marcelo Feliú, the President of the Port of Bahía Blanca, Federico Susbielles, and the President of the Rosales Port Management Consortium, Rodrigo Aristimuno.

Photo: courtesy Global ports
Also present during the meeting between Kicillof and Álvarez Castellano were the Undersecretary for Port Affairs, Juan Cruz Lucero, the Senator from Buenos Aires, Marcelo Feliú, the President of the Port of Bahía Blanca, Federico Susbielles, and the President of the Rosales Port Management Consortium, Rodrigo Aristimuno.
Construction underway
“We had started the work ten days ago and they told me that Kicillof would be there and they asked me to be there to explain the scope of the investment. This is going to mean a reactivation for the port of Rosales", commented the fishing businessman, who explained that "we have been granted a concession where we will build totally new facilities and from there we will operate to repair the boats, and that is where we will do the biological stop when ships have to be brought to port,” he said.
Alternative port of discharge
In addition, the company executive announced that "during the year when it suits us to unload there we will do it, or when the port of Puerto Madryn is very stuck we will go to Rosales, it is a new option we have."
No one escapes the fact that, given the scenarios of recurrent union conflict that have been reported in recent years in Chubut, Conarpesa will now have the possibility of overcoming an eventuality of these characteristics.
Álvarez Castellano revealed that “the total investment with the storage chambers is going to be around 600 million pesos. The first stage is already underway, which takes about 150 million pesos, which is that of a large warehouse. And we are also going to start with the cold chambers to see if we can have it ready in 6 or 7 months”, he predicted that at the beginning of 2023 they would already be fully operational in Buenos Aires.

Exports from Bahía Blanca

As indicated, the chambers will allow the storage of more than 2,000 tons of fish. “We are going to rent the plant that I have in Caleta Olivia, so with this Rosales we have a Plan B. We had already been looking for the possibility of having another storage place further north,” he detailed.
“Obviously everything that is unloaded in the port of Rosales will be exported from the port of Bahía Blanca. However, Puerto Madryn will continue to be our main port, we will continue to operate there, but now we will have one more alternative," said the head of Conarpesa.
In Kirchner territory
Likewise, the fishing entrepreneur stressed that "from the province of Buenos Aires they offered us this possibility and we had been analyzing options, in fact, we thought of making the biological stop in Ingeniero White, and in Coronel Rosales we found a very good predisposition on the part of the president of the Consortium of the Puerto, Rodrigo Aristimuño, and he made everything available to us, so we decided to settle there, where we will be able to operate calmly and we will have plenty of space”, he analyzed when describing how they chose to deploy this millionaire investment in a territory governed by a faithful to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Processing will continue in Chubut
Fernando Álvarez Castellano ratified the full continuity of investments and industrial settlements in Chubut, pointing out that the Buenos Aires incursion is "logistical and operational. “There are times when many ships accumulate in Madryn and they keep us waiting a day or two to unload, so now we will have this other option. There is no other reason, it is strictly operational. My base port will continue to be Puerto Madryn, he insisted.
“The production process, the reprocessing on land will continue in Chubut. in Buenos Aires we are not going to build a processing plant, but rather workshops, supplies and a refrigerator. The raw material will continue to be processed, in principle, in Rawson and Puerto Madryn”, he stated.
Meanwhile, he once again distanced himself from the controversy that arose between the Chubut authorities and the national fisheries administration over shrimp management measures.
“I do not understand why this discussion has been generated. The boats from Mar del Plata, like all those that have national permits and fish in national waters, are free to unload wherever they want. They are within their rights to do so and if I were in their place I would do the same”, he reflected while considering that “Chubut will have the task of seducing them with incentives to unload and process it in the plants, but they will not be able to force them because the law is clear," he said.
Season start
Asked about the data from the first weeks of shrimp fishing, he said that “there is a lot of presence of L2 and L3, not so much of L1. They are acceptable commercial sizes and the quality is very good. The volumes are also interesting”, he analyzed.
Factory trawler "tangonero" and inshore "wetfish" fishing vessel (Photo: CONARPESA Group)
He maintained that the fishery shows promising indicators at the beginning of the season, “although what I see with concern is the commercial situation. Prices are going down. China says that now it will wait for who lowers the price the most to have it as a reference. I see that prices are going to have a significant drop,” he predicted.
“Today I was on Zoom with commercials from Spain and there are no sales. We lowered the prices a bit, but no sales operations were closed. We'll see how it evolves, and if sales don't pick up and we overstock, I'll have to stop the ships”, he warned.

Source: Revista Puerto

Edited by Malena Nahum


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