On October 5, 2015, the Republic of Panama was accepted as a Cooperating Member of the Memorandum of Understanding (Tokyo MOU) during the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Port State Control Committee (OSCC26) held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The delegation of Panama was represented by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, and Eng. Rolando Hernandez, Chief of Segumar Singapore of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).
Once Panama’s membership was approved, Ambassador Diaz expressed his sincere gratitude to the member states of Tokyo MOU for their support and confidence in the Port State Control of Panama, reaffirming the commitment of the Panama Maritime Authority to support the Tokyo MOU in the strengthening of the inspection system of ships in the Asia-Pacific region, standardizing port regulations and collaborating with member states to reduce the number of substandard shipping.
The Tokyo MOU is an intergovernmental cooperation body composed of 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, namely, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet-Nam.
The main objective of the Tokyo MOU is to eliminate substandard shipping, promoting effective implementation of the agreements at the International Maritime Organization, as well as develop efficient Port State Control System in each member country.
On joining this regional organization, Panama will be able to obtain accurate information about inspections, technical deficiencies and the detention of ships in the ports of Asia-Pacific, as well as direct contacts with the maritime authorities of the member States of the Tokyo MOU.
Second from the left, Ambassador Díaz, during the twenty-sixth meeting of Tokyo MOU held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Representatives of the Member States, during the twenty-sixth meeting of the Control Committee of States Guiding Ports of Tokyo MOU