The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) through the General Directorate of Merchant Marine's Department of Maritime Accident Investigation has assigned an investigator to carry out asafety investigation into the fire suffered by the Panama-flagged car carrier Sincerity Ace.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said on Wednesday that an arbitration tribunal has ordered Grupo Unidos Por el Canal (GUPC), the construction consortium that built the Panama Canal new locks to pay back nearly $848m to the Canal Authority.

Tideworks Technology, Inc, and the  International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP), the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) of Jamaica, and Manzanillo International Terminal-Panamá, S.A. (MIT), have signed a letter of intent for academic collaboration.

Panama’s Minister of Maritime Affairs Jorge Barakat and the United States’ Maritime Authority Administration (MARAD)’s Admiral Mark. H. Buzby, have inked a major maritime transport co-operation agreement in Washington D.C.

Panama’s Minister of Maritime Affairs Jorge Barakat held a meeting with China’s Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng, who visited the headquarters of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP). Li was accompanied by a delegation of the Chinese government and Chinese companies working in Panama’s maritime sector.

Panama Ship Registry has launched the Maritime Safety and Inspection System Global Platform, on accurate and fast receiving data system working on a 24/7 basis, the Panama Maritime Authority said in a statement.

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), which oversees Panama’s Ship Registry has adopted Pole Star's PurpleTRAC solution to ensure compliance to International sanctions across its registry operations and is the first in the sector to do so.

Panama is joining the shipping digital community with the first web platform in the region which allows Panamanian importers and exporters to take advantage of this maritime and air connectivity.

With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting the week of the 9th of July to discuss the implementation the low sulphur regulation for ships from 1 January 2020, Panama in conjunction with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Bimco, Intergcargo, Intertanko and the World Shipping Council (WSC) are proposing a package of measures to ensure adequate conditions for a seamless transition. 

The treaty signed by Panama and China last year on maritime transport will enter into force on 17 May. The agreement  will promote maritime and port development of Panama and China, strengthen the Ship Registry and support the Chinese Maritime Authority in the maritime safety issues of Panama-flaggedvessels sailing in its waters.

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