Panama International Maritime University

Luna’s reelection contested in unauthorized UMIP contest

Victor Luna was reelected as president of the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP). In elections Fulvia Garay and Roberto Pineda also participated. The process was performed even though the UMIP Superior Council had approved postponing it for more candidates to take part.

Pineda filed an action for annulment of the elections. In the action, taken to the University Electoral Committee, Pineda indicates that the Scrutinizing Board violated the Organic Statute because “it used a weighted [...]

UMIP fails training agreement

UMIP incumple acuerdo de certificación con Euronav

A mutual cooperation agreement signed in 2011 between the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) and European shipping company, Euronav, one of the major operators of tankers in the world, was about to sink because of problems in the implementation of the program for certification of some of the courses within the parameters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Euronav, operating with nearly a hundred tankers and owning most of its fleet, also charters ships [...]

Elections halted at Maritime University amid allegations of irregularities

In response to allegations and evidence that irregularities were committed in the election process to choose the rector and deans of the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) after four hours of extensive discussion, the Governing Council decided unanimously to suspend the call to elections made by the Superior Council on April 22, 2014.

It also decided to establish a committee to make the necessary adjustments to the rules governing the process, in order to enable [...]

UMIP should play a starring role in the National Maritime Strategy

Cambios beneficiarían a los estudiantes, la UMIP y al país


As was intended when it was created under Act No. 40 of 1 December, 2005, the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) is called on to take leadership in the training of professionals and technicians demanded by the National Maritime Cluster, the merchant fleet under Panamanian flag and the country’s development as a regional logistics hub.

Its constitutive law gives it the mandate to develop “technological and scientific programs and lead innovations for competitiveness within [...]

BMI verifies the UMIP training standards

BMI verifica estándares de formación de la UMIP

The Specialist Maritime Inspectorate of Belgium (BMI), completed an audit monitoring at the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) on content, curriculum, infrastructure and technology applied (simulators) and system quality of the university.

The objective of the audit was to verify compliance with the standards and regulations that qualifies the UMIP as a certified training center for BMI.

To carry out the audit process efficiently and smoothly, all university bodies participated.

BMI recognized the UMIP as [...]

New engineering simulator honors Dayra Wood Pino

Simulador de Calderas y Turbinas de Vapor.

The Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) opened a new boiler and steam turbine simulator which has been named in honor of Engineer Dayra Kariani Wood Pino, as a posthumous tribute to her memory.

Engineer Wood Pino died on August 4, 2012, in an unfortunate accident in Mexican waters aboard the tanker Valencia while performing her professional practice (sea time). This caused pain and consternation throughout the UMIP family.

The Academic Vice Chancellor of the UMIP, [...]

Increased labor demand in logistics, ocean science

Hay demanda de oficiales de marina mercante

In the maritime industry there is “a significant demand for professional labor from maritime careers related to logistics management and ancillary maritime industries in the area of ocean science,” said the rector of the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP), Engineer Victor Barahona Luna.

Statements of Luna Barahona were made during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Orientation Program of the UMIP.

He noted that “there are many professional development opportunities existing today, and they are [...]