THE PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY’S ADMINISTRATOR MEETS UP WITH THE UMIP AND THE APOM IN ORDER TO DISCUSS THE MATTER OF SEAFARER’S ASSESSMENTS.

 

Panama, July 23rd.

Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty, the Panama Maritime Authority’s Administrator met up with Mr. Víctor Luna, rector of Panama’s International Maritime University (UMIP) and with some representatives of the Panamanian Association of Merchant Marine Officers (APOM – of its Spanish acronym) in order to discuss the topic of the assessments.

The valuation of the license issued by the Panamanian Registry – assessment – has recently been severely questioned because of the scandals regarding a company engaged in the issuance of this document.

Barakat explained: “We look forward to regulate, once for all, the valuation of the license of the Panamanian Registry. For this reason, we consider the UMIP to be a good option for the issuance of this document. This entity has the sufficient training and the prestige to carry out this task.”

During this meeting, the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, the Panama’s International Maritime University and representatives from the APOM established a Technical Committee, which will review different aspects regarding the functionality of the Panamanian merchant marine and of the seafarers.

Barakat reaffirmed that this Administration is “facing the challenges of the sea” (lit. Facing the sea) and in open support of the UMIP’s students. Though, above all, this administration is well aware of the training and the studies offered by this study house.

At the same time, Mr. Víctor Luna, rector of the UMIP, pointed that this institution has a suitable teaching staff, good equipment, infrastructures and simulators that allow a better training for the workforce that debuts on the international market.

Mr. Luna added that the UMIP, in spite of being a State university, is recognized internationally and it has national accreditation, for this reason, it offers a service according to the international regulations.

Mr. Alejandro Agustín Moreno, PMA’s Deputy Administrator, Mr.  Tomás Ávila, Secretary-General and Mr.  Fernando Solórzano, Merchant Marine’s General Director attended this meeting, on behalf of the Panama Maritime Authority. Mr. Luis Fruto and Demóstenes Sánchez, among others, attended the meeting, on behalf of the APOM.