On May 22, 2017, the Official Visit to Japan of Mr. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, began in the context of the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Ship Registry, in collaboration with the Embassy of Panama in Japan and the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo. The delegation led by Mr. Barakat, included Mr. Fernando Solorzano, Director General of Merchant Marine, H.E. Arsenio Domínguez, Ambassador of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mrs. Rina Berrocal, Chief of Segumar Panama and Mrs. Miriam Rodríguez, Director of Public Relations.
During the official visit, the delegation carried out the meetings with the main ship companies, such as Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) y Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line), as well as Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA). After a series of meetings, a maritime seminar was held at Palace Hotel where the Administrator Barakat delivered a commemorative speech of the history of the Panama Ship Registry, expressing the importance of Japan as main user of the registry.
On the other hand, Ambassador Dominguez gave a presentation about the Ballast Water Management Convention, which comes into force in next September, while Mrs. Berrocal delivered a presentation about the electronic technical certificate emission (E-certificate). This innovative system aims to reduce the cost and time by issuing documents to the clients in electronic format, in order to face the strong competition in the maritime market.
The first day of the visit concluded with a reception, where the Administrator Barakat granted a plate of recognition to the representatives of NYK, MOL and K-Line for their great contribution to the growth of Panama Flag as No, 1 in the world.
Besides, the Administrator Barakat gave a recognition to Dowa Line for the loyalty to use only Panama flag in all their ships. During the opening remarks, Administrator Barakat conveyed his gratitude to the Panama flag users for trusting our Ship Registry.
It is important to mention that both the seminar and the reception counted for more tan 100 participants.
Meeting with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)
From left; Mr. Masahiro Tanabe, Executive Vice Minister of MOL and Mr. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority
Meeting with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)
From left: Mr. Barakat and Mr. Tadaaki Naito, President of NYK
Meeting with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line)
From left: Mr. Eiji Kadono, Senior Managing Executive Officer of K-Line and the Administrator Barakat
[caption id="attachment_3598" align="alignleft" width="550"]Meeting with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA)
Meeting with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA)
From left: Administrator Barakat and Mr. Yasumi Kudo, President of JSA
Administrator Barakat, during his opening remarks in the maritime seminar
Ambassador Díaz, during his opening remarks in the maritime seminar
H.E. Arsenio Domínguez, Ambassador of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), during his presentation about the Ballast Water Management Convention
Delegation during the maritime seminar
Participants in the maritime seminar
Delegation with the participants of the maritime seminar
Administrator Barakat, during his opening remarks in the reception
Ambassador Díaz, during his opening remarks in the reception
Recognition plates given to the ship companies
From left: Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan and President of the Inter-Parliamentary League Panama-Japan, the Administrator Barakat and the Ambassador Diaz