Panama Maritime, the main event of the maritime industry in Latin America brought together the most important leaders of Panama’s shipping industry, as well as experts from more than 50 countries, 100 exhibitors and 30 speakers.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) general secretary, Kitack Lim, inaugurated Panama Maritime XIII World Conference Exhibition on March 12 and he talked about the current state of the maritime industry, its challenges and the new norms that will be implemented mainly to protect the marine environment. The secretary congratulated Panama on the 100 years of its Ship Registry.
For her part, Flor Torrijos, the event organizing committee president thanked people for coming. At the end of the inauguration ceremony a series of awards were given to outstanding personalities of the industry, highlighting the Panama Canal administrator, Jorge Luis Quijano, who was elected as the “Maritime Personality of the Year.”
More than 300 delegates from the shipping sector, bunker and port industries, shipyards, qualifiers, auxiliary maritime industry, agencies, adjusters, inspectors, maritime lawyers and brokers came to the conferences.
Renowned speakers like the South Korea Shipping Association and the Greece Shipping Association, representatives from companies such as Oldendorff Carriers, Wärtsilä Norteamérica and Chemoil Corporation talked about the impact of LNG and the shipping industry, the implementation of the Ballast Water Agreement and the economic effects of the Canal Expansion in the maritime and logistics industry.
Panama Maritime takes place every two years and is organized by the Panama Chamber of Shipping (CMP) and the Panama Maritime Law Association (Apademar), in collaboration with the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).