THE PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY (PMA) ORGANIZED A SEMINAR ON THE TOPIC AIDS TO NAVIGATION AND MARITIME SAFETY

During the “Seminar on aids to navigation and maritime safety”, which is being held in Panama City, during two days, the participant address issues such as staff training in topics related to maritime beaconing and regulatory framework for international organizations related to safety at sea. Furthermore, they address topics such as liability and obligations of the signatory states of the Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea, current risks of navigation, maritime beaconing systems and hydrographic services.

Mr. Agustín Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA), who was in charge of the opening ceremony of the seminar, addressed the participants, emphasizing the relevance of implementing actions in harmony with international specialized organizations and associations, such as the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). Both organizations were main participants in this seminar.

The event, which began with the lectures of Mr. Jean-Charles Leclair, Dean of the IALA,  of Mr. Stephen Bennett, Associate Dean of IALA, and  of Mr. Alberto Costa, representative of the IHO, emphasized the importance of addressing issues on aid to navigation and maritime safety. The compliance with national and international legislations in these matters is mandatory, in order to ensure compliance with basic standards.

The working sessions, the readings, the exchange of experience and knowledge and the final recommendations will strengthen the cooperation and communication ties; they will also help to improve the skills of managers and officials who ensure the safety of navigation in Panama. In addition, this knowledge will provide an update on the latest developments around hydrographic matters, automated information systems, e-Navigation; it will serve as an introduction to navigation using digital means: ENC (Electronic Navigational Charts) and ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System).