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Corruption complaint lodged against former AMP manager

Roberto Linares

Por Franklin Castrellón

The former administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Roberto Linares, must explain to the Attorney General’s Office the reasons that prompted him to grant exclusivity to issue certificates to officers and seamen of the Panamanian ship registration and validate those of third countries.

When making the complaint on July 16 against Linares and those who participated in the exclusive grant last July 16 alleging “scam and fraud”, the Panamanian [...]

CMA-CGM to build 28 container ships

Construyen 28 barcos para naviera CMA-CGM

French shipping company CMA-CGM has announced construction of the first of a series of 28 container vessels for the Asian coast that have a capacity of 9,400 to 10,900 containers.

CMA-CGM said that this type of ship is the first built by the Chinese company DSIC (Dalian PRC) and are 300 meters long and 48 meters wide, a design to maximize load capacity, but with the latest technology.

The French shipping company reported that 28 [...]

ACP analyzes building port in Corozal

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is considering building a new port under administrative concession at Corozal, in the area of Balboa.

If the board of the ACP approves the project, it is estimated that the tender process could be held in October.

Jorge Luis Quijano, Administrator of the ACP, said in an article on Prensa.com that “it would be a full concession, where the holder would make the investment, or it would be a concession [...]

Consuls can no longer keep ship registration money

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-president of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo de Alvarado, is promoting a bill to reform the way Panamanian consulates work, so that the money they receive for registering ships will be passed directly to the national treasury.

Saint Malo said during the installation of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the National Assembly, that the Panamanian merchant navy finally belongs to the Panamanian State and that the resources it generates [...]

Seafarers’ license monopoly eliminated

Otras organizaciones ahora podrán certificar a los marinos

As part of the changes taking place in the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) it has been proposed that the Panama International Maritime University present a plan for it to complete the certification process or “assesment” that regulates the Code of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.

“The state could also invite other companies to participate in the program that the administration of former President Ricardo Martinelli decided to give exclusively to Orion Maritime”, says Prensa.com [...]

After P-3 failure Maersk seeks an alternative plan

reguladores chinos bloquearan de forma inesperada la Alianza P3

Maersk Line announced it is working on alternative plans to reduce costs and address overcapacity in the market for maritime freight.

This comes after Chinese regulators unexpectedly blocked the alliance of the world’s three largest container shipping companies, known as the P3 alliance.

The decision of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce was a surprise to Maersk and other participants in the P3 alliance – the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and CMA CGM of France, [...]

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 [...]