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 [...]

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 [...]

Agreement signed between UMECIT and the Isthmus Training Institute

Firma de convenio entre UMECIT y el Isthmus Training Institute

The Magister Sindo Vázquez. coordinator of the Faculty of Marine Sciences at the Metropolitan University (UMECIT) and Captain Samuel Ferreira de Souza of the Isthmus Training Institute (ITI) in Cartagena have initialed an agreement to promote scientific research and technological training in the field of marine sciences and related fields whose objective is to value the knowledge and growth opportunities related to research, scientific development and innovation in marine studies.

The meeting [...]

APL announces service between US and South American Pacific

APL lanza servicio

A new weekly service of APL will call at Valparaiso, Callao, Buenaventura, Balboa, Manzanillo, Jacksonville, New York and Charleston.

The head of APL Latin America Services, Efrain Osorio, said that “…this new service will provide a fast connection to the U.S. market for reefers and dry goods traffic, with modern equipment and priority for handling refrigerated cargo.”

The new service called Andes Express (AES), is provided by APL (American President Line) together with Mitsui [...]

Expanded Canal can serve 98% of containership fleet

Los Triple-E son uno de los barcos más grandes del mundo

The Panama Canal expansion will cater to 98% of the estimated fleet of container ships for the next four years (until 2018), the administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Jorge L. Quijano, told The Bulletin, responding to questions by this newspaper on limits of the third set of locks to accommodate the new generation of Triple-E container ships of Maersk Line.

With a length of 400 meters, 59 meters wide (beam), 73 meters high [...]

Northwest Passage shipping potential cooled by Canadian transport minister

El Paso del Noroeste Ártico no es viable

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt played down expectations that the Northwest Passage would become a viable shipping route any time soon, reports Alexander Panetta, of the Canadian Press.

“All the enthusiastic talk about shipping through the Arctic will remain mostly just that — talk — for the foreseeable future, says Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt,” Panetta reported.

During an appearance in Washington, Raitt played down expectations that the Northwest Passage would become a [...]