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November 4, 1954
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Approved For Release 2002/01/03 : CIA-RDP80-00926AO07600020001-7 U.S. Officials Only CONFID0311TIAL CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT 25X1 A COUNTRY Paraguay/Argentina/Chile/Peru/British West Indies/ REPORT NO. French West Indies, SUBJECT Port Conditions and Shipping Information PLACE ACQUIRED (sr SOURCE) DATE ACQUIRED (By SOURCE) DATE (OF INFO.) 25X1X THIS is UNEVALUATED INFORMATION St slut TO 1 CO N0. 00/C NO. 2 ORR NO. OAS NO. Oct NO. 6 I/ DATE DISTR. h o4 NO. OF PAGES 2 NO. OF ENCLS. SUPP. TO REPORT NO. 1. P may. Goods being shipped from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Asuncion are handled either via. the weekly rail service or by boat. Most of the cargo is carried by river steamers or lighters of the Flota Mercante del Paraguay and the Compa a Naritima Dodero. These ships, which have a hold capacity of about 1500 tons, sail weekly. Sailing schedules are generally unaffected by weather conditions except between October and March, when the water is. low and steamers must reduce cargo capacity as much as 50%. Buses, trucks and heavy lifts too large for the river steamers are carried on lighters. The river voyage by steamer ordinarily takes about 7 days but lighters under tow take from 15 to 20 days. The crane limit at Asuncion is 17 tons. 2. Argeentina. Faults in the port facilities and communication operations are responsible for delaying ships at Argentine ports* not the volume of grain moving, which is smaller than 20 years ago. In August 19514 at the port of Rosario, where 26 ships were waiting to be loaded at one time, one vessel had been delayed for over a month. While rain was partly responsible for delay at Rosario, this condition did not apply at Bah?a Blanca or Ifecochea, where there were even longer delays. 25X1A d 25X1A U.S. Officials Only COIITIAh 07 TN[ YNtICS sts7ts. OiTMIN TN(NtANIN$ Of TIRO 10. StCTSONS To 25X1A me 704. OT TNt O.S. CNt. As ANSN-(S. Its TSANSNISSI/N OR AST C. LATIM Of ITS CONTSNTS TO M 49CCIPT w AN NNANTN0111890 Pt0894 IS Approved For Release 2002/01/03 : CIA-RDP80-00926AO07600020001-7 p opted For Release 2002/01/03 : CIA-RDP80-00926AO07600020001-7 U, S. 0171C LAW 01ILY C0IiPIEEi TIAL 25X1A Peru. At Callao as of.September 1954 cargo was being discharged into lighters from both sides of.ships,in order to hasten the ships' clearance from the port. This gxact e~results in containers being broken dIO to the use of rope1 slings an& the rising and falling of lighters while the unloading process Is 1)eing carried out. Sometime.s,.a,eargo will remain in a lighter for several days before being unloaded into Customs. This procedure is frequently indulged in by Pacific Line Yessels because that line owns a number of lighters. The port authorities are tryin to prevent this practice.ffhisdata supplements paragraph 7 of Goods still could not, be removed from Customs except in exchange for a clean receipt. This practice has again been brought to the attention of the port authorities in an effort to obtain corrective action. a. Guadeloupe . The channel to the harbor has been? straightened; vessels up to 201j,000 tons. may enter. A new concrete wharf with _?berths for four 10,000-ton vessels as been co leted and four additional wharves are under construction. Martinique. Harbor warehouses have been improved and new equipment . ~.. . is~ now in' use 756. 192 Vii.. 756. f42 . 5H . ;756.1411?? . - 756.545 j j 7,56; 545. ', .543 44E G ,156.5 E,F Approved For Release 2002/01/03 : CIA-RDP80-00926AO07600020001-7 LIBRARY SUBJECT & AREA CODES c LO2-o6 5 ' ? 11/5 ' 25X1A