International Maritime Organization

Panama sets standards on maritime safety

After coordination among the various State agencies, environmentalists and the Panama Chamber of Shipping (CMP), for the first time separation of vessel traffic was established at three points of the national territory.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) unanimously approved the proposal of Panama to establish traffic separation, the first located in the Caribbean Sea and the second in the Pacific Ocean, in areas close to the North and South entrances of the Panama Canal.

These [...]

Warns the Pilots’ Association

ACP “could put Canal in jeopardy”

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

The president of the Panama Canal Pilots’ Association, Captain Rainiero Salas, has told The Bulletin that the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is changing the collective employment convention that was signed by both parties in 2011.

He says this could put in jeopardy the operations in the expanded inter-oceanic waterway.

It was agreed at the time of signing that operational procedures would be [...]

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Week in Review


President-elect Juan Carlos Varela said that the approval of a grant of 4.5 hectares is by “business people close to the president (Ricardo Martinelli)” for the distribution of jet fuel for aircraft at the Tocumen International Airport. Varela referred to the agreement that authorizes a direct contract for 20 years for the company Vertikal Corporation Inc., which the Cabinet approved just 25 days before the current government term [...]

Protecting the whales in the Canal

Four traffic separation schemes (TSS) will be implemented to regulate the commercial ships that enter and exit the Panama Canal and the country’s ports. The new routes will minimize a coincidence between the inter-oceanic way and the humpback whales’ migration routes. The initiative was approved unanimously last week at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London.

The TSSs will also reduce the speed of the vessels four months each year during the whales’ high season [...]

Panama Canal tugboat engineers protest in London

La ACP compró en España nuevos botes remolcadores

Panama Canal tugboat engineers announced that they will protest in London at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on an “arbitrary” self-regulation of the administration of the canal that they say affects their work.

The President of the Union of Marine Engineers (UIM), Luis Yau told the foreign press in Panama that they would travel to “London to meet with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and submit a complaint and picket at the IMO on [...]

No place for navy cadets to practice

No hay práctica para los cadetes

 By Capt. Demóstenes Sánchez

Of all the countries that have universities and naval schools that prepare merchant navy officers, Panama is the only one that does not have a school-ship where the cadets can do the necessary practice so they meet the requirements demanded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and earn their title as nautical engineers.

Currently, universities such as the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) and Columbus University [...]

IBIA welcomes early IMO study on 0.50% sulphur fuel

Búnker sin azufre

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) supports the UK government’s call for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to bring forward its review of the availability of 0.50% sulphur fuel.

As more and more locations declare ECA requirements, the latest being Hong Kong, the greater the demand for low sulphur fuel.

The shipping industry needs some definitive dates to plan implementations on board; the same information is required for the refining industry and the bunker sector.