THE PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY PARTICIPATES IN THE SECOND CONGRESS OF MARITIME AND CARGO INSPECTORS
With the participation of representatives from Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Dominican Republic, Spain, Uruguay and Panama, the Second Congress of Maritime and Cargo Inspectors took place. This congress took advantage of the situation regarding the Logistics Hub that is being developed in Panama.
Issues involving Panama’s experience in cargo movement and the latest news of the international maritime trade were addressed during this Congress. Among other important issues, the subjects covered include: cargo inspections and cargo insurance, the impact on freight as a result of the Panama Canal expansion, Processes of Inspection and Certification according to the Convention on Maritime Labor, Proceedings in Maritime Courts of Panama, New Technologies of the Classifying Societies (NKK), as well as the latest trends regarding the security of containerized cargo.
For the Panama Maritime Authority, represented by the Merchant Marine General Directorate, this type of event is of great importance since they can publicize the benefits of the ship registry and experience in the process of certification of ships according to the guidelines of the International Labor Organization, because the Panamanian Registry is a worldwide first class registry.
The Head of the Maritime Section of the International Labor Office in the International Technical Bureau Segumar, Mrs. Giovanna Villamonte represented the Panama Maritime Authority. She explained that this unit is responsible for issuing the Declaration of Maritime Labor Compliance Part I, of responding to the inquiries of shipowners, legal representatives, and the other recognized organizations that are related to the enforcement and compliance of the rules of the Convention on Maritime Labor.