President Varela committed to strengthening and modernizing the Panama Ship Registry


PANAMA – July 30,  2014

President Juan Carlos Varela, who was sworn-in President of the Republic of Panama July, 1 has designated Jorge Barakat, new Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and Alejandro Agustin Moreno deputy administrator of the same entity. Both officials were ratified by Panama’s National Congress. Mr. Barakat holds the title of Minister of Maritime Affairs and as such, is entitled to sit at the Cabinet Council, and the President has instructed that he do so, therefore the sector will be duly represented in the highest level of the Executive Branch decisions.

Mr. Barakat, has a Law and Political Science degree, Sigma Lambda, from the University of Panama; a Master in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration and graduate studies from Panama’s ULACIT University, receiving the degree of honor Suma Cum Laude. He is currently a professor at Panama’s International Maritime University teaching International Maritime Conventions and vice president of its board of directors. He has been deputy administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority from 2009 to 2011 and has a great knowledge of the International and domestic maritime sectors.

His deputy, Alejandro Agustin Moreno, is a prominent international maritime lawyer graduated from Santa Maria la Antigua University; a Postgraduate title in Contracting Specialization and International Financial Markets in Castilla de la Mancha University in Spain; also, he obtained the title of Introduction to the American Legal System in the University of Yale, U.S.A.

The new Administrator has designated former PMLA President and ship registration expert Tomas Avila as the new AMP Secretary General.

At the head of AMP’s Merchant Marine Directorate and the Panama Register is lawyer Fernando Solorzano whose career in maritime affairs and the Panama Ship Registry span over 20 years. Mr. Solorzano held the position of Chief of the Register from 2004 to 2007 when he became Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority until 2009. During his tenure AMP established Segumar’s 24/7 service and the revision of the maritime legislation. Mr. Solorzano's confirmation will guarantee continued stability to the administration of the Registry and Panama as a Flag State.

“My principal objective is to strengthen our first maritime institution, give it the indispensable human resources to support the Panama Ship Registry international technical operations and the Register’s relations with its users and ship owners and maintain a constant dialogue with Panamanian maritime guilds,” said AMP Administrator Barakat. “We are committed to respect and implement international conventions as we have always done,” he added.

The new executive team at the AMP is very experienced in national and international maritime issues and are already discussing many issues which will further enhance the registration procedures, which they expect to positively influence the world's first ship registry.


About the PMA The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) is the Panamanian autonomous agency, responsible for the compliance of international regulations, navigation controls and the obligation of Panama as a flag state and as such, oversees the world’s largest merchant fleet.