THE PMA TAKES PART IN A REGIONAL SEMINAR-WORKSHOP FOR THE MARITIME AUTHORITIES AND IN THE THIRD EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF ROCRAM-CA.

The Secretary General of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA), Mr. Tomás Ávila, accompanied by the Deputy Head of the Department of Navigation and Maritime Security, Mr. José Macías, participated in the Regional Seminar-Workshop for the maritime authorities of ROCRAM-CA (Operational Network for Regional Cooperation of the maritime authorities of the Americas), which was recently held in the city of Cartagena, Colombia.

The event, which was organized by the Central American Commission for Maritime Transport (COCATRAM), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the General Maritime Directorate (DIMAR) of the Colombian Maritime Authority, reached its target: deepening the theme of integration and analysis of the conventions established by the IMO that have been ratified by the various maritime authorities of Central America and the Caribbean. This event was also the chosen place to hold, in parallel, the ROCRAM-CA's third Extraordinary Session.

At the regional meeting, several topics were discussed, such as maritime safety, ballast water, port activities, legal regulations, pollution, regional integration for contingency plans as well as maritime and port strategy in Central America, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. The willingness of the maritime authorities in the region to continue agreeing and fulfilling the recommendations issued from the IMO was also endorsed. This endorsement seeks to achieve the proper development of the various maritime activities worldwide.

In addition, the participants of this seminar-workshop paid a visit to the facilities of the Science and Technology Society for the development of the naval, maritime and waterborne industry (Cotecmar), the Caribbean Center for Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research (CIOH) and the Regional Port Association of Cartagena, where the efforts made by the neighboring country to face the development of the regional maritime industry were displayed.

It should be noted that in these two events, the highest authorities of the member countries of ROCRAM-CA were present.