Minister of Maritime Affairs visits Japan

The Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) Jorge Barakat Pitty, made an official tour to Tokyo, Japan, where he met with representatives of the maritime-port sector.

The authority communicated with representatives of major Japanese shipping companies such as: MOL, NYK Line and “K” Line, as well as with members of the Japan Ship Owners Association.

The AMP administrator, Jorge Barakat with representatives of the shipping and port sectors in Japan.

The AMP administrator, Jorge Barakat with representatives of the shipping and port sectors in Japan.

Minister Barakat Pitty presented to the representatives the new platforms and technological systems that have been implemented by the AMP in the processing of technical certificate procedures, as well as the advantageous opportunities offered by electronic certificate issuance.

For Panama, the world’s leading ship registry, with more than 8,000 ships flagged, which represent more than 18% of the total world fleet, the Japanese fleet represents 30% of the total number of ships registered in the country. These figures reflect the confidence of Japanese vessel operators and owners in Panama, where 70% of all Japanese vessels belong to the Panamanian registry.

Added to the three electronic certificates currently issued by Segumar technical offices, for the next year, the total number of certifications issued by these offices will be electronic. Regarding seafarers, Barakat Pitty extended to Japanese users data on the benefits of the SAA (Automated Application for Seafarers) and said that the Tokyo and Kobe consulates will soon be Issuers of the Seaman’s book.

More than 300 representatives of shipping companies, operators and shipowners participated in a technical seminar offered by the AMP where they were given important information on the application of the Convention of Ballast Water, while they were shown the technical systems and the technological platform offered by Panama, as well as the competitive advantages offered by Panama and Japan for a solid long-standing relationship.

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