A productive trip to Europe for the AMP

The Government of Panama is expecting that 665 new vessels, currently in construction, will register in the national shipping registry, said the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) administrator, Jorge Barakat, after making an assessment of his October tour through Europe.

Amador Causeway.

Amador Causeway.

The administrator explained that in addition to that figure, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessels should be added, after an agreement was made in Geneva, Switzerland, with MSC president, Gianluigi Aponte, its CEO, Diego Aponte and finance manager, Alexa Aponte.

AMP General Secretary, Tomás Avila, took part in the Danish Shipping Forum, in Copenhagen, one of the industry’s most important meetings, which aims to engage key leaders of the private and public sectors and encourage them to work together to boost the potential of the world shipping industry.

The AMP stated that there was a meeting in Panama’s general consulate in Hamburg, Germany, in which consul Aida Clement explained to 50 German entrepreneurs the advantages of the Panamanian ship registry.

Port of Hamburg.

Port of Hamburg.

Cruise ship season

Barakat also announced that for the 2016-2017 season it is expected that around 230 cruise ships will transit the Panama Canal, making cruise ship tourism an important niche of the market and for that reason the AMP is creating a series of incentives through the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) to attract shipping companies.

In addition to this, in December the AMP will tender the construction of a cruise ship port on the Amador Causeway, a tourist area of Panama City, located in front of the Canal’s Pacific entrance. The port will cost between $60 to $80 million.

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