Shipping

A vision of Panama’s maritime future

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

The Panama Chamber of Shipping (CMP) specialized on the Isthmian shipping sector, recently made public its “Country Maritime Future” (“Visión Marítima País 2019-2024”) presenting it to the Presidential candidates of the May general elections. This is an integral, inclusive and objective proposal that seeks that it be taken into account within the government plans of the presidential hopefuls.

According to the CMP document, Panama’s competitive […]

Panama Chamber of Shipping central figure in maritime-logistics hub

Canal ampliado

After the signing of the Torrijos-Carter treaties, in the late 1970’s, shipping agents on both sides of the Isthmus of Panama saw that new rules governing their operations were imminent.So they created the Panama Chamber of Shipping to have a unified voice in unfolding events affecting the sector.

First president elected to the new entity was the late Edmond Wachtel, then owner of the Wilford & McKay Shipping Agency.For […]

Panama site of regional shipping event

The 48th Annual General Meeting, Exhibition and Conference of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) was held in Panama this year, hosted by Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT).

Election of officers took place in the presence of more than 300 members from ports, shipping companies, shipping agencies, logistics companies and firms representing many related activities.

The membership was representative of most Caribbean islands, Central America, South America and […]

Emotions run high at shipping event

Horatio Maclean at the MIT offices.

Much emphasis was placed on training young people, but the emotions stirred among participants at the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Shipping Association were a surprise.

They were caused by the story of a young third-year student of shipping and logistics at the Caribbean Maritime University of Kingston, Jamaica, Horatio Mclean.

Horatio accompanied the Jamaican delegation to Panama. He began his story by explaining […]

Maersk looks cautiously at containerized maritime transport forecast for 2018

Maersk Line has assured that international transport tariffs are reversing after rising for most of this year, raising questions about the sustainability of the recovery of world trade, Bloomberg has reported.

Oversupply problems for decades have bogged down the demand for containerized maritime trade in the third quarter, Steve Felder, executive director of the Maersk South Asia unit based in Mumbai, said in an interview.

“We have started to see some sectors with downward pressure,” […]

Panama and Vietnam sign agreement on seafarers

For the benefit of seafarers of the maritime administrations of Panama and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, as well as to reinforce cooperation ties between both nations, an agreement was signed within the framework of the 30 Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly.

The cooperation agreement for the recognition of the training and certification of seafarers, based on Rule I /10 of the International STCW’78 Amendment, as amended, was achieved after one year […]

Enticement required to promote Panamanian seafarers

Miembros de APOM en la Plaza de la Catedral.

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

For many years Panamanian seafarers and graduates from the Panama and Colon International Maritime University have fought through the auspices of the Panamanian Association of Merchant Navy Officials – Asociación Panameña de Oficiales de Marina (APOM) to be part of the national merchant navy, which currently has 8,200 ships registered. However, not even 1% of these ships’ crews have Panamanian nationality.

The APOM blames the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) which historically […]