On December 4, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, delivered a presentation, titled “Update about Panama Maritime Policy and the Panama Canal Expansion”, to The Japan Shipping Exchange Inc., in the headquarters of the said organization.
In reference to the maritime policies, Ambassador Diaz explained about the modernization process of the service platform of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), and its strategies and innovations, including the installation of the New Seafarers´s Automated Application System- SAA, which reduces the time and cost of users to issue the license of seafarers.
Furthermore, he referred to Panama´s excellent record regarding the detention of Panamanian vessels, which allows Panama to be included in the White Lists of Tokyo MOU, Paris MOU as well as US Coast Guard (USCG).
In addition, Ms. Tomoko Akino, official in charge of the Ship Registry Section in the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo, delivered a briefing about the discount policies of the Panama Maritime Authority, including the special discount for the green ships designed to reduce marine and air pollution.
As for the Panama Canal Expansion project, Ambassador Diaz informed that the reparation of the cracks detected at the new lock chambers in the Pacific side will finish in January 2016, with the opening of the expanded Canal in April 2016. He also informed about the new tolls system which will come into effect in April 2016.
It is important to point out that the conference had approximately 45 attendees, coming from important maritime, logistic, trading companies and other organizations.
The presentation ended up with a cocktail reception, where participants exchanged opinions with the Ambassador and the personnel of the Consulate, strengthening the relations with the people from maritime sector.