Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) inspections on medicine chests and medical equipment

The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) has issued a
Merchant Marine Notice informing that Flag and Port
State Control surveyors on Panamanian jurisdictional
waters will be carrying out inspections related to medicine chests and
medical equipment.


Both Flag State inspectors and Port State Control inspectors have been instructed by PMA to take special attention in verifying that onboard exist a medicine chest, medical equipment and guidelines taking into consideration the number of persons on board, the type and nature of the ship, destination and duration of voyage.
These inspections have commenced from January 1, 2013 and will be carried out within the
Panamanian jurisdictional waters.
As per PMA Merchant Marine Notice:
“The Flag State and Port State Control surveyors shall ensure the control of labels, expiration dates, conditions for the conservation of medicines and the corresponding prospects, as well as the proper functioning of the equipment.


Personnel in charge of on board medical assistance, must have satisfactorily completed a medical first aid or medical care training in accordance to the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW, 1978); Rule VI/4; Section A-VI/4, Paragraphs 1-6.
The training should be based on the content of the recent editions of the International Medical Guide for Ships, the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods, the Document that
will serve as guidance for the training of Seafarers and the medical section for the International Code of Signals.”


Prepared by: Translator Revised by: Compliance and
Enforcement Deputy Chief
Approved by: Compliance and
Enforcement Chief
Control N°: F-RIN-04-01 Version: 04 Date: 24 July, 2012 Page 1 of 1
The purpose of this Circular is to inform users that the Flag and Port State Control (PSC)
surveyors on Panamanian jurisdictional waters shall verify the on-board existence, of medicine
chests, medical equipment and guides, whose specifications shall prescribe and be submitted
to periodical inspections, taking into account the number of persons on board, the type and
nature of the vessel, destination and duration of voyage.
The Flag State and Port State Control surveyors shall ensure the control of labels, expiration
dates, conditions for the conservation of medicines and the corresponding prospects, as well as
the proper functioning of the equipment.
Personnel in charge of on board medical assistance, must have satisfactorily completed a
medical first aid or medical care training in accordance to the requirements of the International
Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978
(STCW, 1978); Rule VI/4; Section A-VI/4, Paragraphs 1-6.
The training should be based on the content of the recent editions of the International Medical
Guide for Ships, the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods,
the Document that will serve as guidance for the training of Seafarers and the medical section
for the International Code of Signals.
The Republic of Panama counts with companies in charge to equip medicine chests on ships
according to the voyage and type of vessel, as well as issuing the corresponding certifications
in order to comply with the international conventions ratified by the Republic of Panama.
Furthermore, Flag State inspectors and Port State Control (PSC) inspectors are instructed to
take special attention to this subject from January 1, 2013.
January, 2013 – Modification of first paragraph and addition of last paragraph.
October, 2012
Inquiries concerning the subject of this instrument or any other, should be directed to:
Directorate General of Merchant Marine
SEGUMAR-Panama
Panama Maritime Authority
Phone: (507) 501-5348/5350
PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY
MERCHANT MARINE NOTICE
PanCanal Building
Albrook, Panama City
Republic of Panama
Tel: (507) 501-5348
jortega@segumar.com

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