Agreement does not affect Panama’s maritime space

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) said that the agreement signed between Ecuador and Costa Rica on maritime delimitation, does not affect the maritime areas of Panama.

“Recently, the governments of Ecuador and Costa Rica signed an agreement on the maritime delimitation, which only has an impact between the two nations, and does not influence the maritime areas of the Republic of Panama,” said the administrator of the AMP, Jorge Barakat.

The agreement signed between Ecuador and Costa Rica on maritime delimitation, does not affect the maritime areas of PanamaIn connection with navigation near the areas covered by the agreement, the AMP stressed that since 2003 the Government of Ecuador formally advised the Committee on Marine Environmental Protection (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of its agreement on the Galapagos Archipelago as a PSSA.

“In the case of waters under the dominion of Ecuador, there are very few large ocean routes crossing the waters within the mapped coordinates of the PSSA Galapagos, being distant and because they involve much additional time and substantial fuel costs,” explains the AMP through a statement.

The institution added that the area referred to in the Agreement between Ecuador and Costa Rica is the island area of Galapagos, where maritime activities developed are tourism, fishing, extraction of seafood, sectoral sports fishing and the transport of passengers domestically with boats adapted for short cruises between the islands.

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