Panama Maritime Authority

Panamanian Shipping industry fights back

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

The maritime industry has been under siege over the last five years with a series of scandals. They involve the sale of seamen’s certificates by Orion Maritime Trading, with the blessing of the then Panama Maritime Authority Administrator, Roberto Linares; the nefarious Law 41 of June 14, 2013, restricting significantly the access of foreign investors to maritime auxiliary industries and then Greece’s financial problems that have hit hard that sector in [...]

Companies from U.S., Europe and China interested in port of Aguadulce

Guimara Tuñón Guerra

By Franklin Castrellón

Port operators from the United States, Europe and China have expressed interest in the project of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) to develop a multipurpose terminal in the area where once operated the Port of Aguadulce, Guimara Tuñón Guerra, deputy director of Ports of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), told The Bulletin.

The tender for “best value” for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a multipurpose terminal in that area was [...]

AMP opens to U.S. investment proposals

After several years of not participating in public investment projects in Panama, U.S. companies could return with proposals on state procurement in the maritime sector.

The first step in attracting U.S. investment was taken with a meeting between representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Panama and the directors of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

The AMP team was led by Jorge Barakat, AMP administrator; James Perez, Economic Affairs Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Panama [...]

Port located for auxiliary maritime service sector

El nuevo puerto estará situada bajo el Puente de las Américas

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) began the process of planning, design and construction of a pier on the Pacific for operations of the auxiliary maritime industry. The project would take shape through the modality of a public – private partnership.

A statement from the AMP said: “True to its role of developing auxiliary maritime industries, the AMP began the process of planning, design and subsequent construction of a dock for auxiliary maritime industries, located on [...]

AMP tenders for multipurpose port in Aguadulce

El puerto de Aguadulce está localizado en el estero de Palo Blanco, en el Golfo de Parita, a 200 kilómetros de la ciudad de Panamá

The port of Aguadulce ceased operating in 2008, but a new bid for tender to modernize it may generate an economic windfall for the area

By Franklin Castrellón

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) on June 25, 2015, opened the tender for “best value” for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a multipurpose terminal in the Pacific-side area of Aguadulce.

Proposals are due to be submitted on October 22, 2015, between 8:30 and 10 a.m., [...]

AMP administrator meets with Japanese maritime industry

In the framework of the meeting of the Panama Canal Advisory Board, Jorge Barakat Pitty, Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, made a working visit to the headquarters of the Tokyo MOU, located in Tokyo, Japan, where he formally transferred the application to become an observer member of this important Memorandum of the Asia-Pacific area that keeps Panama on the “white list.”

The Tokyo MOU started operations on April 1, 1994, and is comprised of [...]

World’s largest container ship enters the Panama Registry

MSC Oscar - portacontenedores más grande del mundo

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has announced that the Merchant Marine Department has inscribed in the Panama Registry the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar. The AMP says this is a reflection of the effort made by the present administration, to attract newly built vessels.

“We are proud of the MSC Oscar because it is the largest container vessel ever built, and it is also the one that has the most meaning for me, [...]