Panama asks EU to simplify maritime procedures

In order to exchange views about the safety of passenger vessels, norms to protect the marine environment and ways to simplify procedures related to Panamanian vessels in the ports of European Union (EU) countries, Jorge Barakat Pitty, Minister for Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), met in Brussels with European Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc.

The safety of passenger vessels is paramount.

The safety of passenger vessels is paramount.

“Panama appreciates the continued support from the European Commission, which has made possible the successful implementation of various systems, in particular the efforts made on the basis of the International Data Exchange, thus strengthening the safety of passenger ships. Having immediate access to relevant information in emergencies facilitates and improves coordination in search and rescue operations,” Barakat explained during the meeting.

The Panamanian representative assured the Transport Commissioner that in terms of the protection of the marine environment, “We have strengthened our ties with the EU member countries, since it is important to send an appropriate message to the international shipping industry about the need to move forward a unified proposal for the reduction of harmful emissions”.

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