“Two and a half years after the first meeting of the Boarding Committee, I am pleased to inform you that it is fulfilling its objective of facilitating the placement of seafarers in a transparent, skills-based and according to the needs of the maritime sector. , in accordance with the national and international legislation in force, optimizing the search for personnel and offering the best employment opportunities to Panamanian seafarers, since it has contributed to date to the signing of employment contracts for Panamanian seafarers to work in board of different types of vessels,” said the Administrator of the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP), Noriel Arauz in the Auditorium of the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) in the preamble to the ninth meeting of the Committee.
The Boarding Committee was created by JD Resolution No. 032-2019 (of Thursday December 26, 2019), published in Official Journal No. 28934 (of Monday January 6, 2020), as an entity attached to the General Management of Seafarers (DGGM), it has its boarding regulations, in accordance with Administrative Resolution No. 107-2021 of June 11, 2021, and arises as a response to the need to have and execute national policies promoting employment in the maritime sector, encouraging the progression and development of skills and increasing employment opportunities for Panamanian seafarers in the national and international maritime market.
Sectors that represent government, shipowners and seafarers’ unions, including representatives of educational centres, maintain active participation, contributing ideas and executing projects to achieve set goals,
● Government sector, represented by AMP, Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (MITRADEL), Ministry of Education (MEDUCA), National Institute of Vocational Training and Education for Human Development (INADEH ) and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).
● Business sector, represented by the Chamber of Merchant Marine of Panama (CMP).
● By Universities; the Council of Rectors, UMIP, the University of Columbus.
● On behalf of seafarers; the Panamanian Association of Naval Officers (APOM).
As a mechanism to achieve the objectives of this committee, the Maritime Authority of Panama has developed and implemented the project called Database for the Placement of Seafarers, Officers and Cadets, which is managed by the Department of Maritime Labor Affairs of the DGGM, receiving all documentation from the applicant or seafarer requesting boarding via the e-mail address [email protected]acting as an instrument facilitating the recruitment of personnel.
This database is populated with information sent by sailors who come to the AMP, cadets from the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) and the University of Columbus, as well as officers from the Association Panamanian Naval Officers (APOM); it is updated 3 times a year, available free of charge and online on the AMP website, providing companies with personnel ready to board and provide service on board ships. Anyone with an active and competent license can be part of the database.
Among the companies that have requested personnel through the database, we can mention Boluda, BSM, CAMPBELL, CANDINA, COMERCIAL DAGIN, GLOBAL SEAWAYS, GRUPO MOL, GRUPO SUEVIA, HIDROCARBUROS DEL PACIFICO, INTEROCEANIC SUPPLIES SERVICES, SA, PACIFIC CREWING MANAGEMENT INC., MARITIMA AVILA, NAVESCO, NOLKATA MARINE, PANAMA MARINE SERVICES, PANAMA MARITIMA JOBS, PANAMA SHIP INTERNATIONAL, STELLA MAOURI, STWARD CORPORATION, SUBWORKS, SYNERGY, among others.
AMP is constantly looking for effective ways to strengthen communication with various institutions, organizations and companies, both national and international, in order to promote employment opportunities and sign agreements to hire Panamanian sailors, among which stand out The following :
● The Memorandum of Understanding signed with the main international shipping company in the field of general freight in Colombia, NAVESCO SA,
● The memorandum of understanding with the company SAAM SA and the subsidiary SAAM Towage Panama, Inc., with the company SAAM SA and with its subsidiary SAAM Towage Panama, Inc., In addition, the signing, renewal and updating important bilateral agreements such as:
● Japan: AMP, through the Embassy of Panama in Japan, and the Ministry of Lands, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) signed for the first time a bilateral cooperation agreement concerning mutual recognition of training and certification in accordance with Regulation I/10 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, (STCW’78 Convention), this recognition is of great benefit to Panamanian sailors as it offers new jobs
● The Commonwealth of The Bahamas: Renewal of Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Training and Certification pursuant to Regulation I/10 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, amended (STCW Convention),
● United Arab Emirates: Update of the Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Training and Certification in accordance with Regulation I/10 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping of Workers Wed, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), between the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates and AMP.
Currently, the market for hiring seafarers in the Republic of Panama is showing encouraging development and behavior. From 2020 to date, 841 employment contracts have been signed, which have been registered with the Maritime Authority of Panama, of which 406 correspond to 2022, 263 to 2021 and 172 to 2020. Advances for future agreements in favor of people of sea.
At the thirty-second meeting of the IMO in December 2021, first steps were taken for future agreements for the benefit of seafarers, during which more than 15 bilateral meetings were held with maritime countries. of interest to the Republic of Panama, as well as with important shipping companies of international prestige, all for the benefit of Panamanian sailors.
At the end of August 2022, the agreement of understanding between the Maritime Authority of Panama and the shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company SA (MSC) will be signed in Cyprus. The signing of this agreement has the main objective of promoting mechanisms that facilitate the promotion of employment opportunities for Panamanian officers, cadets and junior personnel as well as the establishment of specialized training programs for Panamanian sailors who must work on board the various segments of vessels, whether operated, owned or for which MSC provides the crew management service, including the recruitment and placement of officers, junior staff and cadets.
Mediterranean Shipping Company SA (MSC) is one of the largest shipping companies in the world in terms of container ships and for our ship register it is one of the most important.
Source: Panama Maritime Authority