Ecology

Positive results from creation of the Coiba National Park

In the Coiba National Park environment, marine diversity is stable, but outside the protected area there is an alarming decrease in several species. The Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) through the Faculty of Marine Science has been monitoring the reef communities in Coiba National Park for three years. This project is funded by the International Conservation Organization, a corporation that is based in the United States and has offices in Panama.

Interesting facts come out […]

Solar power and fuel oil substitutes towards 2020

Tanks to store fuel.

It was announced in 2016 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that the effective date for the reduction of marine fuel sulphur will be 2020. The reduction mandates that ships will have to use marine fuels with a sulphur content of not more than 0.5% Sulphur against the current limit of 3.5% Sulphur in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Emission Control Areas (ECAs) will remain at the 2015 standard of 0.1%S content

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Panama ready to implement the Convention for the control of Ship’s Ballast Water

El Convenio Internacional para el Control y la Gestión del Agua de Lastre y los Sedimentos de los Buques protegerá el medio ambiente.

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, adopted in 2004 (BWM), comes into force on 8 September, and aims to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another, establishing standards and procedures for the management and control of ballast water and sediments of ships.

Accordingly, all ships engaged in international maritime transport must carry out their ballast and sediment water management in accordance with […]

ACP rewards green customers

Un barco de GNL cruza el canal.

The Panama Canal Authority has launched a new program that incentivizes its customers to use more energy efficient ships when using the waterway.

The incentive, known as the Environmental Premium Ranking, is tied into a new customer loyalty program of sorts, offering discounted tolls for customers who use the Panama Canal more often. The environmental ranking allows qualified customers to improve their position with the Canal’s Customer Ranking System, which is taken into consideration when […]

IMO confirms deposit by Panama on ship recycling

As part of the commitment to improve measures for the protection of the marine environment, Panama deposited the instrument of accession to the Hong Kong International Convention for safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships, 2009, of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, England.

By letter dated September 19, the Secretary General of the IMO, confirmed receipt of the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Panama, which seeks to prevent, reduce and […]

Panama adopts ballast water agreement

Regulaciones para disponer del agua de lastre.

The full National Assembly of Panama approved, in third debate, the draft law by which the International Agreement for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments from Ships, 2004 (BWM) seeks to prevent the uncontrolled discharge of ballast water and sediments from ships.

To avoid contamination and effects on marine ecosystems, on February 13, 2004, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the International Agreement for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast […]

Prize for reducing gas emissions

Algunos barcos producen gases que dañan el medio ambiente.

The Panama Canal has launched the “Green Connection Award”, a new environmental initiative to recognize customers who meet and exceed environmental standards established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and/or other recognized international standards to help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

The Panama Canal will evaluate the eligible candidates based on five specific environmental parameters, which are: the Energy Efficiency Index Design (EEDI) the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) the amount of nitrogen oxides emitted by […]