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IMO workshop on maritime safety held in Panama

Participation of 32 countries in the region A regional workshop on maritime safety and the LRIT satellite long distance monitoring system was held for five days with the participation of 32 countries in the region.Participants learned about the latest developments in technology relating to maritime safety, the automatic identification system (AIS), ship security, alarm system (SSAS) and Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) with an exchange of experiences on implementation of the provisions of Chapter X1-2 and the ISPS Code, the evolution of electronic navigation, among other topics.This workshop was inaugurated by the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, Roberto Linares, accompanied by Sascha Pristron of the IMO, in Panama City on December 5.Source: The Bulletin Panama

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Panama one of 10 maritime powers

Panama was reelected in category "A" of theIMO Council The IMO electoral process was conducted by AMP administrator Roberto Linares. Panama was reelected in category "A" of the Council of the International Maritime Organization, (IMO) at the XXVII General Assembly of this organization in London, England.During the election process, the Panamanian vote was upheld by the administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) Roberto Linares. Of the 170 countries of the IMO, only 10 are in the select group of category A, considered the world's 10 maritime powers.The Panamanian official delegation was headed by Administrator Linares and included the Ambassador of Panama in London, Ana Irene Delgado and the director of the Panama Merchant Marine, Alfonso Castillero.A statement from the AMP notes that "the success of this election reaffirms the leadership of Panama whose flag has more than 9,000 registered vessels". "This has been the result of a major international diplomatic effort and constant contact with our customers and members of the IMO, which leads us to continue this aspiration of remaining in this distinguished category," said Linares.The Panamanian delegation had the opportunity to meet with the outgoing Secretary General of the IMO, Efthimios Mitropoulos and the new Secretary General, ...

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Panama Maritime Authority makes announcement on use of armed guards

Merchant Marine Circular 228 The Panama Maritime Authority has issued Merchant Marine Circular 228 which provides their requirements regarding the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel on board Panamanian Flagged Vessels.The General Directorate of Merchant Marine authorises the carriage of armed personnel onboard Panamanian flagged vessels according to the MSC.1/Circ.1405/Rev.1 and MSC.1/Circ.1406/Rev.1 which were adopted at the 89th session of the IMO Maritime Safety CommitteeTo view the Merchant Marine circular in full, please click here.Source: Panama Maritime Authority

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Panama: Maritime freight movement continues to grow in ports

Preliminary figures indicate 4.2 million TEUs moved in Panama's ports up until August Preliminary figures indicate 4.2 million TEUs moved in Panama's ports up until the month of August, 20% more than in the same period last year," said the administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Roberto Linares, at a recent World Bank workshop in Panama."Panama is seeking to become the Logistics Platform of the Americas using as a framework the objectives of the National Maritime Strategy (MNEs), which in turn are embedded in the Strategic Government Plan 2010 -2014," said the Secretary General of the AMP and Executive Secretary of the National Maritime Strategy Commission's Advisory Agency on National Maritime Strategy (CICEMN), Maria Isabel Spiegel de Miro.The words of the two were made during the Workshop entitled "Coordination Workshop for Members of the CICEMN," an event attended by the highest level representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, the Panama Chamber of Shipping, the Panamanian Maritime Law Association, the Panamanian Association of Business Executives, the Secretariat of Science and Technology (SENACYT), the National Customs Authority, the Panama Canal Authority, among other guests.The activity was sponsored by the World Bank through the Spanish Fund for ...

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Ballast Water Convention Looking to Panama to ensure that it comes into force soon

30 IMO member states have already ratified the Ballast Water Convention With 30 IMO member states having ratified the Ballast Water Convention, many are looking to Panama to ensure that it comes into force soon.Entry into force requirements say that 35% of the global fleet need to have ratified the convention in order for it to come into force a year later. The Convention still does not have the necessary percentage, being short by 8.56% with Panama, along with China (including Hong Kong) as the two countries who could make up the shortfall on their own.Panama is already part of the GloBallast Partnerships programme which aims to reduce the risks and impact of invasive species being transferred in ballast water. In a presentation to the GloBallast conference in Turkey this week, the country indicated its support for the convention and said it was working towards ratification, but gave no indication of when this might take place.According to some unofficial sources it has been suggested that Panama has probably has not signed the convention yet as there is no scientific solution for killing micro-organisms which has been recommended by the IMO as a scientifically based solution that will produce the very ...

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Panama Maritime Authority issues Circular regarding Piracy Reports

MMC - 231 The Panama Maritime Authority issues Circular regarding Piracy Reports as follows:Pirates attacks are classified in four (4) categories:1. Attempt: vessels approached by a pirate skiff.2. Fired Upon: vessels shot at by pirate groups; pirates unable to boardvessel.3. Boarded: vessels boarded by pirates, but not hijacked. This category also includes cases when anarmed robbery has taken place.4 Hijacked: vessels over which pirates successfully gain control; crew are taken hostagesFor more information, click here.Source: Panama Maritime Authority

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Panama Maritime Authority issues circular regarding High Risk Areas

MMC - 230 The Panama Maritime Authority issues circular regarding High Risk Areas as follows:The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to inform about the High Risk Areas that have been identified because of the constant report of Piracy Incidents, Stowaways, and/or Criminal Activity.Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC): All Panamanian flagged vessels are hereby requested to use the IRTC which includes the creation of separate eastbound and westbound transit lanes. Each lane will be 5 NM wide and will be separated by a 2 NM buffer zone.As the IRTC is subject to change, by military authorities, according to prevailing circumstances, Panamanian flagged vessels are urged to obtain up-to-date information from the Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Africa "MSCHOA" website: http://www.mschoa.org or NAV-warnings promulgatedfor that area.Best Management Practices (BMP): All Panamanian flagged vessels are requested prior to transit, or leaving a port within the region, to follow BMP and to contact the local information centres for up to date instructions or transit and reporting.It is anticipated that these BMP will be periodically updated based upon operational experience and lessons learned. Panama flagged vessels are urged to keep to the latest Best Management Practices and verify these with the designated information centres ...

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Ship owners: Foreign ships carry U.S. oil

30 million barrels transported within U.S. borders moved on foreign ships U.S. ship owners complain the Obama administration has routinely let oil from federal stockpiles be shipped on foreign-owned vessels, sidestepping federal law.As it rushed to transport millions of barrels to stabilize world oil prices earlier this summer, the administration has waived the 90-year-old Jones Act 46 times, The New York Times reported.The law requires that entirely domestic cargo be carried aboard U.S.-flagged ships except in extraordinary circumstances.The Times says American barges carried oil from the reserve just once this summer, while 30 million barrels transported within U.S. borders moved on ships, with foreign crews, from the Marshall Islands, Panama and other countries.That translated to lower costs and saved time for oil buyers, but took potential work from more than 30 U.S. cargo vessels and as many as 400 crew, U.S. ship owners said."The idea was to create American jobs and help the economy," said Christopher Coakley, vice president for legislative affairs at the American Waterways Operators. "But all the profit from the sale of the oil has gone to traders and oil companies and all the profit from movement of the oil has gone to foreign shippers and crewmen, ...

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Panama Maritime Authority issues revised circular re Guidelines for Fire Protection Systems

For the Maintenance and Inspection of Fire Protection System and Appliances The Panama Maritime Authority issues revised Merchant Marine Circular MMC-226 regarding Guidelines for the Maintenance, Inspection of Fire-Protection System and Appliances.This Merchant Marine Circular establishes new guidelines applicable to Inspection, maintenance, testing and survey requirements of all fixed and portable fire protection extinguishers, and other fire-fighting appliances. Certain maintenance procedures and inspection may be performed by competent crewmembers, while others should be performed by persons specially trained in maintenance; the onboard maintenance plan should indicate which part of the recommend inspection and maintenance should be completed by trained personnel. It should be noted that the general requirements contained in this Circular are not an all inclusive list of maintenance or inspection items for fire protection systems, fire fighting appliances, and emergency equipment.The specific requirements contained in this Circular address areas where the Administration feels there is need for further clarification.This Merchant Marine Circular supersedes MMC. No.122You can view the revised Marine Circular by clicking here.Source: Panama Maritime Authority

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Panama Maritime Authority issues circular re Maritime Labour Convection 2006

The purpose of this circular is to inform users about the current stage of adaptation of MLC 2006 The Panama Maritime Authority issues Merchant Marine Circular MMC-227 regarding Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006).The purpose of this circular is to inform users about the current stage of the adaptation of the national regulation according to the requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, (MLC, 2006) as well as the issuance of the Declaration of the Maritime Labour Compliance.To view more information, click here.Source: Panama Maritime Authority

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