Panama Maritime Authority

Urgent action needed to correct deficiencies in ship registration

Panamá tiene la marina mercante más grande del mundo

Consultant makes recommendations

By Franklin Castrellón

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) should make a radical change to the administration of the Panamanian ship registry to improve the quality of its fleet – particularly in new buildings – and improve its competitiveness, after fifteen years of decline, revealed to The Bulletin an international consultant.

According to Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, up until June 2013, Panama ranked as first registry of the world merchant fleet with 8,221 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New administrator takes over Panama Maritime Authority

Roberto Linares resigns

Lawyer Jorge Barakat has taken over the administration of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) after the resignation of Roberto Linares.

The president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, said on Friday, July 4, that he was designating Jorge Barakat as AMP administrator with Alejandro Moreno as Deputy Administrator of the entity.

The administrator of the AMP is considered a minister without portfolio for the purpose of participation and assistance to the Cabinet, under [...]


AMP: Emerging signs of corruption?

When a government entity prefers to give concessions by the direct route, rather than through open competition in order to choose the best bidder, then there is a sign of possible corruption. And when this is done in an opaque process and unknown companies chosen that have no experience, then it is time to carry out an investigation.

That seems to be what has happened with the management of [...]

The secret dealings of the Maritime Authority

Questionable dealings in the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and even doubt on the competence of its administrator have been the focus of Panamanian TV media. This has been revealed in programs on Panamanian television stations Telemetro Channel 13 and RPC Channel 4.

Channel 13 carried an investigative report on the AMP compiled by a team led by journalist Lina Vega Abad.

RPC Channel 4’s “Open Debate” panel program took the questions further when panel members [...]

Logistics Department must be under the Presidency

At the workshops held between the public and private sectors, coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI) it was recommended that a Secretariat of Logistics be set up in coordination with the National Logistics Strategy.

Gisela Porras, consultant of legal framework for the IDB, said that if the National Logistics Plan became a ministry it would create more bureaucracy because it would have to absorb Customs, the [...]