On November 30, 2016, His Excellency Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo together with His Excellency Arsenio Dominguez, Ambassador of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of the Environment (MEPC), organized a seminar on the latest developments of the Panamanian Ship Registry at the headquarters of the Japanese Shipowners Association.
Ambassador Diaz offered the opening remarks, expressing his thankfulness to the Japanese shipping companies for preferring the Panamanian flag, noting that our Shipping Registry not only offers reasonable prices and good services to vessels under its jurisdiction, but also seeks to strike a balance between regulations and the performance of the maritime market within the IMO.
Following the opening remarks, Mr. Keiji Tomoda, Chairman of the Recycling Committee of the Japan Shipowners’ Association, thanked the Government of the Republic of Panama for the ratification of the Ballast Water Convention and the Hong Kong Convention on the Ship Recycling, which will allow the implementation of the Ballast Water Agreement, and the future ratification of the Hong Kong Convention by other countries.
Ambassador Dominguez explained the current situation of the Ballast Water and Hong Kong Conventions on Ship Recycling, indicating that Panama had ratified both Conventions on September and October of this year. In view of this ratification, both conventions will promote the protection of the Marine environment, as well as the scrapping and recycling of substandard ships.
The seminar also included the presentation of the new e-Segumar platform for the issuance of electronic certificates by Mr. Samuel Guevara, Chief of Segumar office in Tokyo, and Mr. Kentaro Koyanagi, Manager of the Classification Department of ClassNK, who spoke on the implementation of e-certificates by the different flags.
It is important to point out that the seminar was attended by more than 100 people from the major companies and organizations in the maritime sector of Japan.
At the end of the seminar, the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo offered a cocktail to the participants, who were able to exchange views with Ambassadors Diaz and Dominguez, as well with the staff of the Consulate and the Office of Segumar Tokyo, to further strengthening the relations with the maritime sector of Japan, and main user of the Panamanian flag.