International Maritime Organization

Panama chairs technical committee of the OMI

De izquierda a derecha Jorge Barakat Pitty, Paul F. Zunkunft y Arsenio Domínguez

The twenty-ninth ordinary session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) unanimously elected engineer Arsenio Dominguez, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Panama to the IMO and Chairman of Marine Environmental Protection agency (MEPC) as President of the Technical Committee of that body.

Panama’s nomination was supported by a diverse number of heads of delegations of the member States to the IMO Assembly, which included the Commandant of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Paul [...]

UMIP fails training agreement

UMIP incumple acuerdo de certificación con Euronav

A mutual cooperation agreement signed in 2011 between the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) and European shipping company, Euronav, one of the major operators of tankers in the world, was about to sink because of problems in the implementation of the program for certification of some of the courses within the parameters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Euronav, operating with nearly a hundred tankers and owning most of its fleet, also charters ships [...]

Panama could present candidate for Secretary General of the IMO

Cap. Orlando Allard

Panama could present a candidate to be secretary general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in a process that has just been opened, following the announcement last week by Koji Sekimizu, the current secretary general that he will not stand for re-election after his term ends in December 2015.

The possibility of Panama presenting a candidate was revealed to The Bulletin by absolutely reliable sources.

According to a report by the magazine Seatrade Global in [...]

Panama presents plans to the IMO

Panama made a payment of 2.7 million GBP ($4,553,386), corresponding to its annual financial contribution to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the current year, reaffirming the Panamanian administration’s commitment and its support to all the activities developed by this lead agency regarding maritime policies worldwide.

This event took place during the visit to London by the AMP’s Deputy Administrator, Alejandro Agustín Moreno and the Merchant Marine’s Director General, Fernando Solórzano.

As part of its [...]

Arsenio Dominguez appointed Panama’s permanent representative before IMO

Ing. Arsenio A. Domínguez

Engineer Arsenio Dominguez has been appointed as Panama’s new permanent representative before the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by President Juan Carlos Varela.

Dominguez’s designation is part of the government’s strategy, which seeks to maintain Panama as the leader country in ship registration. Panama is a registry with an efficient and transparent service, meeting the demands and needs of the international maritime market, and is always in compliance with the international conventions governing maritime activities.

In 1995, Mr. Domínguez earned a [...]

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 [...]