AMP opens to U.S. investment proposals

After several years of not participating in public investment projects in Panama, U.S. companies could return with proposals on state procurement in the maritime sector.

The first step in attracting U.S. investment was taken with a meeting between representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Panama and the directors of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

The AMP team was led by Jorge Barakat, AMP administrator; James Perez, Economic Affairs Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Panama [...]

Agunsa receives certification for maritime agency services

Agunsa has received the OHSAS 18001: 2007 international certification standard, a system for managing occupational safety and health in agency services governing ship handling, marine maintenance and docking and undocking of ships in port terminals.

The implementation of this system began in August 2014, ending with a Certification Audit from April 9 – 13, 2015 in Patache Bay, Iquique, in Chile, conducted by the ABS Quality Evaluations certification society, which audited all processes related to [...]

Maersk Line sees lag in Latin American ports

Maersk Line advierte que hay que mejorar los índices de productividad de los puertos en la región

In the short and medium term, it will be difficult for Latin America and Mexico to receive latest generation ships carrying 18,000 to 20,000 TEUs, even with the opening of the expanded Panama Canal.

This is the opinion of Julian Fernandez, regional business development director of Maersk Line.

He said the port system in the region is not prepared for this type of ship.

The major impediment of port systems in the region is the [...]

Panama Ports Company employees receive wage increase

Panama Ports Company (PPC) recently completed a collective bargaining agreement with its employees, who are 99.9% Panamanians, which it says is an unprecedented wage increase agreement to nearly 4,000 employees, “positioning them as the highest paid in the port industry.”

“The labor agreement, which entered into force in 2015, includes not only the equalization of wages for employees with the same functions, but also productivity bonuses for all employees who show a responsible, attentive and [...]

New bunker metering solutions for operations in Panama

El sistema de medición bunker de Endress+Hauser

By: Osmel Reyes

Every single day, bunker oil is pumped into the fuel tanks of tanker, cargo, bulk carrier and fishing ships. Particularly in Panama Canal, more than 10 000 MT [1] of bunker oil are delivered daily to tenths of ships.

The traditional quantity measurements via manual tank gauging or sounding use to be associated with a great amount of uncertainty due to error prone volume to mass calculation, as well as to the [...]

Wise words on Central American Logistics from the Aimar Group

“One if by land and two if by sea, and I on the opposite shore will be.”

These immortal words by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, were written in 1860, telling a version of a story of Paul Revere’s ride and of how the colonists were warned of an impending British invasion.

Today it reminds us of an important logistic point, especially when deciding whether to ship cargo via ocean or via land in Central [...]

Sopisco celebrates its 20th anniversary

Sopisco celebrates its 20th anniversary

SOPISCO PANAMA, SA is celebrating 20 years of serving the maritime community as agents at the Panama Canal and all ports of the Republic of Panama.

Its founder, Mr. Carlos Gomez, who after having accumulated vast experience in Cie. Gle. Transatlantique / French Line, one of the most prestigious shipping companies in the world at the time, felt it was time to make his own way and start his own company.

The big challenge for [...]