Ex AMP chief denies ship registration decreasing

The former administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Jorge Barakat, denied that Panama’s ship records are showing signs of decline.

In a publication on his social network Twitter (@JORGE_BARAKAT), he said that Panama’s ship registration was 100 years old in 2017, amid high standards of competitiveness and technical level.

By the same means, Barakat added “false information is coming out about the supposed decrease of the Ship Registry. We condemn this negative campaign. The Panama ship registry continues to grow and data from the IHS Global LTD show that in 2015 the fleet increased by more than 300,000 gross tons (TRB) a record.”

The ex-official clarified that the maritime sector recognizes IHS Global LTD as a reliable international source to measure the growth of the fleet”.

According to the above, he indicated that as of December 31, 2015, the Panama ship registry closed with 8,071 ships equivalent to 218.5 million GRT, which represented 18% of the world fleet, some 300,000 tons (218, 2 million TRB. IHS GLobal Ltd) classified this as more than in 2014.

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