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Panamanian Shipowners’ Association joins ICS

Photo: Luis Gonzalez - Unsplash Panama Flag flying in the wind
The Association of Panamanian Shipowners (ARPA) has become an associate member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Launched in 2020, ARPA was created to bring together Panamanian shipowners and operators of vessels and strengthen Panama’s shipping industry. 

“Our association's inclusion in the ICS aims to reinforce communication pathways between our shipowners and the ICS members, and represents a significant milestone for ARPA,” said ARPA President Rodrigo Hernandez. “For ARPA, this recognition and affiliation with the ICS serve as a testament to their commitment to excellence,” he added.

“I am delighted to welcome the Association of Panamanian Shipowners to associate ICS membership. We all know that our challenges are bigger than any one country, shipowner, or national member association, and as such we must collaborate to achieve our joint goals,” said Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping.

“The Association of Panamanian Shipowners’ associate membership of ICS will help us to build on the great relationships we already have with Panama’s shipping industry. I look forward to working together to further our important work, from decarbonisation to digitisation, seafarer training and much more.”

The ICS already enjoys a strong relationship with Panama’s maritime stakeholders. The ICS has a long-term relationship with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), regularly liaising with the ACP to communicate the consensus position of the global shipping industry and ensure that the interests of shipping are properly addressed in policy areas related to shipping canals.

At COP27 last November, the government of Panama signed up to the Clean Energy Marine Hubs initiative. The initiative was formally launched on 20 July 2023 at the 14th Clean Energy Ministerial in Goa. Co-led by a taskforce of CEOs, the initiative is a cross-sectoral public-private initiative aiming to accelerate the production, export and import of low-carbon fuels across the world.