Panama Merchant Marine Circulars

 

Panama

Merchant

Marine

Circulars

The Panama Maritime Authority has recently issued the following Merchant Marine Circulars which are detailed below:


MMC 234: lnterim Recommendations for Panamanian Flagged vessels using PCASP while arriving, staying and departing from International Ports .
1. The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to inform Panamanian Flagged vessels which use






PCASP to take in account the guidelines established on the International Maritime Organization (IMO),


MSC.1/Circ.1408, “Interim Recommendations for Port and Coastal States regarding the use of Privately


contracted armed security Personnel on board ships in the High Risk Area”, in order to avoid delays and


troubles while arriving, staying and departing from ports, offshore terminals, anchorage or roadstead


located areas within the territory or under the jurisdiction of a port or a coastal State.


2. The Panama Maritime Authority by means of MMC.228, establishes guidelines for the use of Privately


Contracted Armed Security Personnel onboard Panamanian flagged vessels that need such services while


transiting through High Risk Areas which are also established in MMC.230.


3. The Panama Maritime Authority highly recommends also all the PCASC users to review the


documents published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) web page, in the Maritime


Security Link, which contains information regarding Port and Coastal State requirements for Private


Armed Guards, or contact directly the Port Authorities to comply with all the requirements before the


arrival of the vessel to the Port.


4. For further assistance please note below the contact points:


Maritime Ships Security Department SEGUMAR PANAMA


Tel (507) 501-5037/4224 (+507) 501-5350 / 5348 / 5032


Fax (507) 501-4202 authorizations@segumar.com


Email: nardila@amp.gob.pa Evenings, Weekends and


threat@amp.gob.pa, Holidays.


isps@amp.gob.pa


December, 2011


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083

MMC 235: Adoption of Panama to the 2010 Manila Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended.


1. The purpose of this circular is to inform about the adoption of Panama to the 2010 Manila




Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and


Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 78, as amended. This amendment will enter in force on


January 1, 2012. This amendments was approved by Resolution ADM. No.148-2011 of November


18, 2011, promulgated in Official Gazette No. 26932-A of December 15, 2011.


2. The Panama Maritime Authority has adopted on Resolution JD 087-2010 the following


certificates issued in accordance with the provisions of the 2010 Manila STCW 78 amendments:


2.1 Electro-Technical Officer (Reg. III/6)


2.2 Electro-Technical Rating (Reg. III/7)


2.3 Able Seafarer Deck (Reg. II/5)


2.4 Able Seafarer Engine (Reg. III/5)


3. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its


eighty-ninth (89) session (11 to 20 May 2011) considered a series of issues that required urgent




clarification about the 2010 Manila amendments, under Circulars STCW.7/Circ.16 and




STCW.7/Circ.17.


The most important clarifications are:


3.1 Revalidation of certificates issued in accordance with the provisions of the Convention


in force prior to 1 January 2012 and the issuance of certificates to seafarers who


commence approved seagoing service, an approved education and training programme or an


approved training course before and after 1 July 2013;


3.2 Transitional provisions which do not relate to certification issues;


3.3 Security-related training provisions;


3.4 For seafarers holding certificates issued in accordance with the provisions of the


Convention which applied immediately prior to 1 January 2012 and who have not met the


requirements of the 2010 Manila Amendments, the validity of any revalidated certificate


should not extend beyond 1 January 2017; STCW.7/Circ.17.;


3.5 For seafarers holding certificates issued in accordance with the provisions of the


Convention which applied immediately prior to 1 January 2012 who have met the


requirements of the 2010 Manila Amendments, the validity of any revalidated certificate


can extend beyond 1 January 2017;


3.6 For seafarers who commenced approved seagoing service, an approved education and


training programme or an approved training course before 1 July 2013, the validity of any


certificate issued should not extend beyond 1 January 2017, unless they meet the


requirements of the 2010 Manila Amendments;


3.7 For seafarers who commenced approved seagoing service, an approved education and


training programme or an approved training course after 1 July 2013 the validity of any


certificate issued may extend beyond 1 January 2017.


4. We take this opportunity to reassure the Panama Maritime Administration interest and


commitment to the maritime industry.


January 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Seafarers


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507)501-5052


Fax: (507)501-5047


gentemar@amp.gob.pa
 
 
MMC 236: Segumar New York Qifice
 
Subject: Segumar New York Office



1. Taking into consideration the needs of the users of our registry, the increase of our fleet, and our


commitment to offer and provide the best quality service; this Administration developed a plan in


order to provide technical offices in different locations around the world. In the last months, actions


have been taken in order to fulfill this goal.


2. Finally, and with great pleasure the Panama Maritime Authority can formally announce the reassignment


of technical duties to SEGUMAR NEW YORK OFFICE.


3. From February 13, 2012, this new office will provide exactly the same services offers in Segumar


Panama Office. Users will be able to request the issuance of any of the certificates currently issued


by Segumar as well as any kind of authorization. Furthermore, this office will have full decision


capacity. With this opening, we will provide the fastest service to users of our registry near to New


York geographical area.


4. The contact details of Segumar New York Office are as follows:


Person in charge: Napoleon Smith


Phone: (212) 869 6440/41


Fax: (212) 575 2285


Email: new.york@segumar.com


Address: 369 Lexington Avenue, 14 Floor


New York, NY, 10017


Kindly address all your questions and or comments to the above E-mail.


We invite all users of our registry to contact any Segumar office for your better convenience.


February, 2012 – Correction of E-mail address


February, 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083

MMC 237: Panamanian Shipowners Association / Maritime Chamber of Panama

To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Legal



Representatives of Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant


Marine Consulates, Recognized Organizations (RO), Regional Offices,


Manning Agencies, Nautical Inspectors, Shipping Companies,


Recognized Trainings Organizations


Subject: Panamanian Shipowners Association / Maritime Chamber of Panama


Reference: Law 57 of August 6, 2008, Article 159


1. The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to inform Panamanian Flagged vessels that


the Board of Directors of the Maritime Chamber of Panama has recently approved


international shipowners, operators and managers of ships and other global maritime


services for membership in its International Chapter.


2. The Maritime Chamber of Panama is the voice of the Panamanian Maritime Cluster; from


shipyards, ports, ancillary services, bunkering, shipping agents, chandlers to, of course, the


local and international shipowners, with over 8,000 Panamanian registered ships


worldwide. The Chamber also serves as the link with the Canal authorities; the Maritime


Authority, managers of the Shipping Registry and the Directorates of Merchant Marine,


Ports and Seafarers; the Authority of Aquatic Resources, and to the local and international


bodies and agencies, such as Customs and Immigration.


3. The Panama Maritime Chamber, along with representatives from the Ministry of Labour,


Maritime Authority and seafarers organizations, actively participates in all tripartite


discussions regarding the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). The Chamber, together


with the Administration and the other Social Partners, works towards the appropriate and


effective preparation of the operational and legal framework for implementation of the


Convention requirements. As part of the Panamanian Tripartite Committee, the Chamber


participates in all meetings taking place in the Republic of Panama, in other countries and


in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.


4. Membership in the Chamber’s International Chapter provides, among many others, the


following benefits:
Representation:



The Chamber’s working committees are responsible for preparing plans, projects and new


legislation in support of its membership and the maritime cluster in general. They also work


in liaison with Government of Panama entities (the Canal, the Registry, etc.) to solve the


day-to-day problems, which might arise. The Chamber works for a more competitive and


fair business environment on behalf of its Membership.


Information:


The Chamber maintains a Web page with pertinent information and issues regular


publications and information briefs on any subjects that might arise. The Chamber


maintains a constant flow of information that benefits its membership.


Presence:


The Chamber’s international presence is accomplished through its participation in


exhibitions and conferences at regional and international levels, most of them with


participation of the Panamanian authorities. The Chamber offers its members the


opportunity to attend and participate in local and international trade missions , as well as


training and commercial events, while networking with local and international “movers and


shakers”.


5. Interested shipowners, shipping companies and other maritime managers are eligible for


memberships and are invited to visit the Web page of the Panama Maritime Chamber


www.camaramaritima.com and to apply for membership. The Panama Maritime Chamber


may be contacted at international@camaramaritima.com


February, 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083

MMC 238: Ship Protection Measures for Vessels transiting High Risk Areas

To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Legal Representatives



of Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant Marine Consulates


and Recognized Organizations (ROs).


Subject: Ship Protection Measures for Vessels transiting High Risk Areas.


Reference MSC. 1/CIRC. 1390


MSC. 1/CIRC. 1339


Merchant Marine Circular No. 206


Merchant Marine Circular No. 208


Merchant Marine Circular No. 228


Merchant Marine Circular No. 230


1. The Administration urges Companies, Company Security Officers (CSO) and Ship Security


Officers (SSO) of Panamanian flagged vessels to implement the necessary security measures


described in the latest edition of the Best Management Practices BMP , prior to transiting High


Risk Areas.


2. The use of Best Management Practices should be reviewed by the crew prior to entering highrisk


areas. The implementation of BMP could include, but is not limited to the following:


a) Watchkeeping and Enhanced Vigilance;


b) Effective use of monitoring and/or surveillance equipment;


c) Maneuvering practice;


d) Alarm or Alerts systems to demonstrate awareness to any potential attacker;


e) Use of deck lighting and illumination to demonstrate awareness to any potential attacker;
 
f) Denial of use of ship’s tools and equipment, and protection of equipment stored on the



upper deck;


g) Control of Access to Bridge, Accommodation and Machinery Spaces and Physical


Barriers;


h) Other equipment used for self-defense; and


i) Safe-Muster Points and Citadels, if determined appropriate.


3. All ship-owners and ship-operators signing a contract with a Private Maritime Security


Company (PMSC) should ensure compliance with Best Management Practices and


coordinate with the master and crew that all exercises are planned and conducted on board


prior to entering the High Risk Area.


4. All Panamanian flagged vessels should maintain a wide communication with the


Administration and to liase with the International Contact Centers according to the BMP in


order to counter piracy in the High Risk Areas of the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and any


other Region of High Risk, as determined by this Administration before, during and after the


transit.


5. All inquiries concerning international correspondence must be sent to the Maritime Ship


Security Department to the following e-mail address:


threat@amp.gob.pa


Monday to Friday


Phones (+507) 501-4224 / 5037 / 5028


authorizations@segumar.com


Weekends and Holidays


Phones (+507) 501-5350 / 5348 / 5032


April, 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083
 
MMC 239: Segumar Korea and Singapore Offices
To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Legal Representatives of



Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant Marine Consulates and


Recognized Organizations (RO).


Subject: Segumar Korea and Singapore Offices


1- Taking into consideration the needs of the users of our registry, the increase of our fleet, and our


commitment to provide the best quality service; this Administration has planned to open new


technical offices in different locations around the world. Furthermore, in the last months actions


have been taken in order to fulfil this goal.


2- Starting April 16, 2012, these new offices will provide the exact same services available at the


Segumar Panama office. Users will be able to request the issuance of certificates and authorizations


issued at any other Segumar office. In addition, they both will have full decision capacity.


3- The contact details for Segumar Singapore offices follows:


No. 16 Rafles Quay, 41-06 Hong Leong Building


Singapore 048581


Eng. Ricaurte Chacon


e-mail : rchacon@segumar.com


Phone : ( 65 ) 62218677 ( 8 )


4- The contact details for Segumar Korea offices follows:


No. 407, 4th Floor, Someret Palace Seoul


85, Susong-Dong, Jongo-Gu.


Seoul, Korea 110-885


Eng. David Bernard


e-mail : dbernard@segumar.com


Phone : (82) 2-734-8610/11/12


5- We invite users of our registry to contact the Segumar office of their best convenience.


April, 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083

MMC 240: Application Forms for the Continuos Synopsis Record (CSR) Application form 1 (CSR), Application form 2 (CSR), Application form 3 (CSR)

To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Legal Representatives of



Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant Marine Consulates and


Recognized Organizations (ROs).


Subject: Application Forms for the Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR)


Reference: SOLAS 74/78 Chapter XI-1 Reg. 3-1, 5


Resolution A.959(23) of December 5, 2003


Resolution MSC. 198 (80) of May 20, 2005


Resolution MSC 160 (78) of May 20, 2004


Resolution MSC. 194 (80) of May 20, 2005


Resolution 106-14-DGMM March 9, 2012


MMC. 183


_____________________________________________________________________________________


1. The purpose of this Circular is to update the instructions and procedures for the use of the


Application Forms for the issuance of the Panamanian Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR),


detailed in our circular MMC 183.


2. The Panama Maritime Authority kindly requests the use the following Application Forms, for the


issuance of the Continuous Synopsis Record. APPLICATION FORM 1 – APPLICATION


FORM 2 – APPLICATION FORM 3. The Forms sent for application purposes to this


Authority must be typed and completely legible in order to avoid mistakes in the transcription of


the information to the Certificate.


3. The Original Application Forms (1, 2 ,3) duly filled, signed and sealed by the applicant, as well


as the Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR), issued by this Administration must be kept on board


the vessel at all times. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that the Application


Forms No.1 and No.2 are filled out correctly. In case one or more items do not apply or are not


available, the same must be marked with “NC” (NO CHANGE) or “NA” (DOES NOT APPLY).


4. When any change (s) related to the entries listed in the Panamanian CSR has taken place, such


change (s) shall be included in Application Form No.3.


April - change in reference


April, 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083
 
MMC 241: Civil Liability Convention Certificate (CLC
 
To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Legal



Representatives of Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant


Marine Consulates and Recognized Organizations (RO).


Subject: Civil Liability Convention Certificate (CLC)


Reference: MMC-22 (Certificate of Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1968 Law


21 of July 9, 1980)


1- This circular has the purpose to inform users of the registry that effective immediately, and


always bearing in mind our permanent objective to provide the most efficient as well as the highest


quality service, we are pleased to inform you that the process of application to the Registry


Department and Consulates for the Civil Liability Convention Certificate (CLC) has now become


available to users of the registry online.


2- The aforementioned Form shall be fully filled out and signed, as well as including the sum of


USD$8.00 in seals of the National Treasury of Panama. It should also be accompanied with the


Blue Card and directly submitted to the Registry Department of the Panama Maritime Authority.


3- We take this opportunity to reassure the Panama Maritime Administration interest and


commitment to the maritime industry and users around the world.


April, 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083
 
MMC 242: International Ship Security Certificate (lSSC) and Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR) through Segumar Offices
 
To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Legal Representatives of




Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant Marine Consulates and


Recognized Organizations (RO).


Subject: International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) and Continuous


Synopsis Record (CSR) through Segumar Offices


1. Taking into consideration the needs of the users of our registry, the increase of our fleet,


and our commitment to offer and to provide the best quality service; this Administration


developed a plan in order to perform the duties of our Ships Security Department in


Segumar Offices around the world.


2. From May 1st, 2012, users will be able to request the issuance of the Continuous


Synopsis Record (CSR) and International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) through any


Segumar Offices.


3. The procedure and requirements to be fulfilled are the same ones previously established


on our Merchant Marine Circulars 183, 205 and 240.


4. The contact details of Segumar Offices are as follows:


New York


Person in Charge: Eng. Napoleón Smith


Email: new.york@segumar.com


Phone: (212) 869 6440/41


Fax: (212) 575 2285


Address: 369 Lexington Avenue, 14th Floor


New York, NY, 10017


Singapore


Person in charge: Eng. Ricaurte Chacón


Email: rchacon@segumar.com


Phone: (65) 622186778


Address: No. 16 Rafles Quay, 41-06, Hong Leong Bldg


Singapore 048581
Korea




Person in charge: Eng. David Bernard


Email: dbernard@segumar.com


Phone: (82) 27348610/11/12


Address: No. 407, 4th floor, Someret Palace Seoul


Seoul, Korea 110-885


Tokyo


Person in charge: Eng. Samuel Guevara


Email: suribe@segumar.com / segumar@panaconsul-tokyo.com


Phone (81) 30334993661


Fax: (81) 8130334993666


Address: No. 38 Kowa Building RM 805


4-12-2, Nish – Azabu Minato-Ku


Tokyo 106-0031, Japan


Piraeus


Person in charge: Eng José Racine


Email: jracine@segumar.com


Phone: (30) 210 4286441/42/43 (ext 213)


Fax: (30) 210 4286448


Address: 1-3 Filellion & Akti Miaouli (1st floor)


18536 Piraeus, Greece


5. We invite all users of our registry to contact any of the Segumar Office for a service of


excellence.


April, 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083
 
MMC 243: Authorization for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC)
 
To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Private Security Companies,




Legal Representatives of Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant


Marine Consulates and Recognized Organizations (ROs).


Subject: Authorization for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC)


Reference: MMC.228


MSC.1/Circ.1405/Rev.1


MSC.1/Circ.1406/Rev.1


MSC.1/Circ.1333


MSC.1/Circ.1334


Resolution No.106-13-DGMM


1. The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to officially communicate that on April 4th, 2012 was


published in the Official Gazette, the Resolution No.106-13-DGMM, dated March 8th, 2012, whereby the


Panama Maritime Authority establishes requirements for the Private Maritime Security Companies


(PMSC) to meet, in order to become authorized by this Administration. This Resolution will enter into


force on October 3rd, 2012.


2. This Administration encourages all Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) to comply with the


requirements listed on Resolution No.106-13-DGMM to be able to offer their services of Privately


Contracted Armed Security Personnel onboard Panamanian flagged vessels. For the English version of


Res.No.106-13-DGMM, please click here. – For the Spanish version of Res.No.106-13-DGMM, please


click here.


3. The Applications from the Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) must be submitted to the


Directorate General of Merchant Marine through a Legal Representative in Panama.


4. The Panama Maritime Authority shall not issue authorizations for vessels contracting services from


companies which are not duly authorized by this Administration after October 3rd. In the meantime all


authorizations to carry armed personnel will be issued following the guidelines listed in our MMC 228.


These measures have the sole purpose of having a better control over these companies and at the same


time to offer our users the best possible quality services.


April, 2012


Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:


Directorate General of Merchant Marine


Panama Maritime Authority


Phone: (507) 501-5033


Fax: (507) 501-5083

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