PANAMA WILL COUNT WITH A NEW MARITIME ORDERING SYSTEM
From December 1st 2014, the Republic of Panama, will count with a new Maritime Ordering System, after being approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the request made by the Panama Maritime Authority to implement a new Separation Traffic Device or Traffic Separation Screme (TSS).
Unveiled so during a press conference, representatives from the Panama Maritime Authority, Smithsonian Investigation Institute, The Panama Canal Authority and the Panama Maritime Chamber, who was the mentors of this initiative that born thanks to a coordinated work between the parties.
The PMA Merchant Marine Director, Mr. Alfonso Castillero, explained that the Separation Traffic Device seek to establish an approachable and organized way to navigable national areas, taking care of the Marines Resources, specially the cetaceans and trying to avoid maritime accidents.
The implementation of this Panamanian water system, will be notify by the IMO, also to the group of countries members, who will have to applied in their nautical charts the route to follow during their stay in Panamanian waters, both in the pacific and in the Atlantic.
The Panamanian Maritime System Holds that this initiative proves the sustainability that looks forward always to be updated, since there are others countries that have those systems, as Canada and the United States.
The mentor of this initiative was the Panama Canal Authority Port Captain, Mr. Fernando Jaen, who explained that the Traffic Separation Screme (TSS), Search to ordering the movement senses of the vessels avoiding collisions and groundings of cetacean with vessels.
Mr. Jaen has informed that to establish a route where the vessels can have a collision with the cetaceans and the season of the year where can they be easily, was determined under the researches made by the Smithsonian, Mr. Hector Guzman who made a study about the whales behavior in Panamanian waters.
During the study it was determined that to Panama the whales arrive in between August and November, with huge presences in the Perlas Archipelagos. In those months were recommended to reduce the vessels speed during their transit in designated areas by the nautical charts, in order to avoid accidents with the cetaceans, because the authority report around 13 incidents with these species.
In the press conference there were present, the Director and President of the Maritime Environment Chamber Commission, Mrs. Jocelyn Anchor, that was one of the project mentor, the PMA Merchant Marine Director, Mr. Alfonso Castillero, the Panama Canal Authority Port Captain, Mr. Fernando Jaen and the Smithsonian Scientist, Mr. Hector Guzman.As well were present, the PMA Deputy Director of Port and Auxiliary Maritime Industries, Mrs. Maria Eugenia Kaa, the Merchant Marine Accomplishment Chief Mrs. Tania Carlucci, the Maritime Deputy Chief of Navigation and Security Mr. Jose Macias, the Panama Maritime University Rector, Mr. Victor Luna and for Columbus University, the Captain Mr. Pedro Coiduras.