Panama Maritime Authority

AMP implements rules on weighing loaded containers

Barcos con exceso de peso han naufragado.

An amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) relating to weighing export and re-export containers has caused much anxiety to those dedicated to that activity. The industrialized countries seem to be prepared, but the third world nations still do not know where to start, even though shipping lines warned their clients in advance.

However, there are many questions still to be answered, for example: who is going to pay for the weighing? […]

AUPA’s new tariff increase suspended

AUPSA suspende aumento de tarifas

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

The Panama Chamber of Shipping has had a dispute with the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (Autoridad Panameña de Seguridad Alimentaria – AUPSA) since March 23, 2016 after this government entity announced an increase in its tariffs.

The AUPSA inspects transshipment cargo passing through the Panama Canal. Immediately after the announcement, the auxiliary maritime companies complained and AUPSA stopped the measure pending further consultation with those affected.

AUPSA and the Chamber of […]

ITF attacks open ship registries

ITF ataca registros abiertos de barcos

By Franklin Castrellón

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has taken the opportunity of using the “Panama Papers” to resume its attacks on open ship registries, noting that the only thing they can do to achieve some balance with the scheme of “tax evasion” is to sign agreements that guarantee certain terms and conditions of employment for ship crews.

In a statement issued on April 7 regarding disclosure of the so-called “Panama Papers,” the Secretary […]

Auxiliary industry will have a dock

Auxiliary industry will have a dock

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) fulfilling its role of promoting development of Auxiliary Maritime Industries, has announced on the web page www.panamacompras.gob.pa – the electronic system of public procurement – the tender for design and construction of a pier for Auxiliary Maritime Industries, which will be located in the area of the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal in La Boca.

This publication provides the opportunity for all interested parties, local and foreign, to participate, […]

AMP gives order to proceed on Isla Colon

Isla Colón.

“We are delivering the order to proceed on the construction and design of new offices of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and a new berth for the amount of $559,900 for the use of ferries, fishermen, residents and all users to have decent and secure infrastructure,” said the Administrator of the AMP,” Jorge Barakat Pitty.

“What we know is that it positively contributes to tourism in this beautiful place, Isla Colon of Bocas del Toro […]

AMP receives Polish delegation

El administrador de la AMP, Jorge Barakat Pitty con la delegación polaca.

A delegation from the Republic of Poland, led by the Deputy Chief of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Krzsystof Hinz, visited the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

The meeting was held with the administrator of the AMP, Jorge Barakat Pitty, the secretary general, Tomas Avila, and the director and deputy director of the Merchant Marine Department, Fernando Solórzano and Margareth Mosquera, respectively.

This approach by the Polish authorities, is […]

The US Maritime Administration visits its Panamanian counterpart

Jorge Barakat recibe a miembros de la delegación de Estados Unidos.

The Executive Director of the US Maritime Administration, Joel Szabat, accompanied by a delegation, visited the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

He held a meeting with the administrator of the AMP, Jorge Barakat Pitty, and part of his management team.

Barakat Pitty and the US officials discussed some of the changes that are taking place to increase security in maritime matters, such as the process of implementing new systems to increase security; in the issuing of […]