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Panama authorities inspect working and living conditions on ships

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The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) carried out 289 maritime labour inspections in 2021 on board Panama-flagged vessels, double the number in the previous year.

The inspection on both domestic and international trading vessels under the Panama-flag targeted compliance with living and working conditions for seafarers onboard vessels.

The types of vessels inspected included cargo ships, dry goods, bulk carriers, barges, container ships, tugboats, tankers, supply, and inland waterway passenger transport.

Some 72 ships were found to have some type of labour deficiency, with 38 re-inspections taking place later in the year. 

Seafarers filed 243 labour complaints and 19 labour conciliations were processed. Labour conciliation is an alternative method of conflict resolution that involves a voluntary negotiation procedure between the shipowner, or his representative, and the worker or his representative.