Panama Maritime Authority

Megaport in Capira

Herman Gnaegui

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

The dream of building a port capable of handling post-panamax ships together with a logistic park has been a project of Herman Gnaegui since 2003. He presented a proposal to the press in 2006 and again in 2014. However, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has to date not received any requests to construct a megaport in Capira, located in the newly created province of West Panama.

Gnaegui, a former legislator who [...]

Ports of Panama move five million containers

Panama Ports en Cristóbal que ha movido 553.593 contenedores en los primeros nueve meses de 2014

In the first nine months of the year Panamanian ports have moved 5,046,758 containers, according to statistics from the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

The figure shows an increase of 95,164 containers, when compared with the amount moved through ports in the same period of 2013 when container movement reached 4,951,594.

Container movement is led by Panama Ports Company Balboa that had moved to September 2,299,283, followed by Manzanillo International Terminal with 1,550,464.

Third is Panama [...]

Panama’s Maritime Authority staff rescue Swiss national

Personal de la AMP, que participó del rescate en compañía de Vicente Gamio (tercero de izquierda a derecha) ciudadano de nacionalidad suiza cuyo kayak había sufrido el percance

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) announced that its staff at the Port of Pedregal in the province of Chiriqui came to the rescue of a kayak that had suffered a mishap in the area of Boca Chica.

AMP technicians were at Boca Chica performing routine inspections when they observed three foreign citizens in the sector of the lighthouse signalling for assistance in locating a companion.

The Supervisor of the Health and Safety Office of the [...]

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 Prensa.com [...]

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 [...]