THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THEPANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY VISITS TOKYO (JAPAN), IN ORDER TO MEET WITH THE MOST RELEVANT AGENTS OF THE MARITIME INDUSTRY OF JAPAN
In the context of the gathering of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal, Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty, Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority paid a working visit to the headquarters of Tokyo MOU, located in Tokyo, Japan. During this visit, Mr. Barakat Pitty made a formal delivery of an admission request in order to become a member with observer status into this important Memorandum for the Asia-Pacific region in whose white list, the Panamanian Registry is included.
The Tokyo MOU started operations on April 1, 1994. It comprises 19 countries in Asia and the Pacific Ocean. It aims to phase out sub-standard ships, by means of harmonizing the rules for vessel inspection of the Port States. By means of a statistical inspection system, the Tokyo MOU keeps a registry of ships that meet the highest standards of maritime safety. It keeps track of the inspections and detentions that the ships have incurred over the past three years. It allows it to classify the vessels into three groups, namely into a black list, a gray list and a white list.
Likewise, Mr. Barakat Pitty used his visit in Tokyo to meet with key actors in the Japanese maritime industry. He met the Director General of the Maritime Division of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. He also met with representatives of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL).
During the different meetings, this High Representative of Panama’s Government reaffirmed the commitment of the administration of the Panama Maritime Authority to offer transparent services. Mr. Barakat Pitty also reaffirmed the high level of technical and administrative support that the Panama Maritime Authority provides to Japanese shipping companies, by means of upgrading its technology platforms and increasing the local presence of technical services, thanks to the opening offices of technical documentation (SEGUMAR) in different countries. He also announced the opening of a new SEGUMAR office in Imabari, Japan, next May.
Mr. Ritter Díaz, Panama’s Ambassador in Japan, Mr. Samuel I. Guevara G., Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo, as well other members of the Technical staff of Panama’s General Consulate in Tokyo accompanied Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty during his official visit.