DURING THE CELEBRATION OF WORLD MARITIME DAY, PANAMA BEARS WITNESS OF ITS EXPERIENCE IN THE IMPLEMENTING OF INTERNATIONAL MARITIME CONVENTIONS.
The Panama Maritime Authority participated in the celebration of the World Maritime Day 2014, held in Tangier, Morocco, from 27 to 29 October, 2014. The entity was represented by Mr. Fernando Solórzano, Director General of the Merchant Marine and Mr. Gerardo Varela, Director General of Ports and Maritime Ancillary Industries, who participated in this event as special guests and speakers.
At the event, issues were discussed that relate to the significance of effectively implementing the conventions of the International Maritime Organization. These conventions aim a sustainable development of the maritime sector.
The cycle of lectures was opened by Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the IMO. During these days, the application of international regulations of sensitive application to maritime fleets was assessed, among those regulations: the risks of navigation, the compensation funds in case of oil spills from ships, the traffic separation schemes for ships, the impact of international regulations on fishing vessels, the cost assumed by the States and the maritime industry due to the implementation of the conventions, strategies for port development, maritime casualties and the measures to be taken by States and by the vessels when the International Ballast Water Convention enters into force.
Panama bore witness of its experience in the application to its fleet of international conventions, which has been of significant importance for growth, strengthening and acceptance within the international maritime industry.