New CMP Board bets on the Canal

A new leadership of the Panama Chamber of Shipping (CMP) has been elected, headed by Rommel Troetsch. There were two candidates and the nomination was won by only two votes.

Harnessing the Panama Canal expansion to increase maritime business of the conglomerate, is one of the main challenges that the new Board faces.

Rommel Troetsch.

Rommel Troetsch.

The new Board was elected by members of the organization that has more than 200 member companies of different activities in the maritime sector.

In addition to that headed by Troetsch the other nomination was headed by Nicolas Vukelja. The elections involved 166 companies and the difference in the winning list was just two votes.

“As a country, we should build more port facilities that allow us to attract more ships, cargo and crew, demanding more services from the Panamanian maritime cluster,” Troetsch said.

He also intends to coordinate with maritime authorities to improve the conditions of doing business for the Panamanian maritime businessmen, including recommending incentives on the charges made by the authorities on local businesses.

Another goal is to organize the cluster of Panamanian shipowners. These are companies that own ships and boats that provide services with ships and barges, tugs, boats and other vessels engaged in the export of maritime services.

In addition, Troetsch said on the agenda is a review and proposal of regulations to provide legal and commercial security to different clusters of the maritime conglomerate.

The rest of the board is composed of Patricia Velasquez, Francis Zeitmetz, Javier Ortiz, Wendy Sagel, Rodolfo Sabonge, Pablo Torres, Jurgen Dorfmeir and Augusto Guardia. Troetsch replaces Vikash Deepak, who led the organization in the period 2015-2016.

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