The Panama Maritime Authority visited Greece, meeting the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis and discussing Panama’s plans on simplifying even more vessel registration through its “Electronic Ship Registration System”.
Specifically, a delegation of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) led by Panama’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority Noriel Arauz, accompanied by Panama’s new Ambassador to Athens Ms Julie Limberopoulos and his technical team met with the Greek Shipowners’ Association, its president Theodore Veniamis and George Angelopoulos, vice president.
Given that Greek vessels hold the 8% of Panama’s total fleet, Greek representatives asked for getting a quicker response to their queries. Thus, Minister Arauz replied that they are in the process of modernizing the Ship Registry by creating a single integrated platform, which will be more efficient and technical.
Referring to Panama’s “Electronic Ship Registration System (ESRS)” the Minister commented that the current system will be merged with the one of the General Directorate of Public Property Registry of Ships (ownership titles and mortgage registration), to simplify the process of ship registration.
The new system will consist of innovations adapted to the existing technology and improvements to the registration process.
The integration in a single platform will facilitate the procedure for the user, which is Panama’s goal and make it more available to our customers. We have also begun an intense training of our technical offices-Segumar- and we hope you will soon see the results.
Recently, Panama and Greek Catholic churches jointly highlighted the importance and urgency of reducing shipping emissions and CO2 for the protection of the environment.