In order to provide support to our seafarers aboard vessels and to the maritime sector in general, concerning the Pandemic that we are facing caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), informs about the adoption for a period of three (3) months from the signing of Resolution No. ADM-056-2020 of April 16, 2020, of important measures to avoid stopping the process of application for Panamanian licenses and maritime training, as follows:
1. To authorize the AMP-approved Maritime Training Centers (MTCs) to renew the maritime training course certificates.
2. To authorize the AMP-approved Maritime Training Centers so that they can impart to a participant for the first time, the complete theoretical training courses, using e-education tools.
3. To authorize the Maritime Training Centers recognized by the Panama Maritime Authority to provide Previous Documentary Evaluation (PDE) services, for the electronic issuance of the copy of the corresponding certificate to the participant.
It is worth mentioning that the MTC must send to the Maritime Training Department’s email: training.department@ amp.gob.pa the documentary evidence as applicable (renewal / first-time course / PDE), within fifteen (15) calendar days from the end date of the course. Each of the documents provided will be verified and reviewed by the Maritime Training Department of the DGS of the Panama Maritime Authority.
The measures adopted aim to enable seafarers on land to obtain valid documentation, favoring them to be ready for the job opportunities which will represent an economic injection for both, seafarers and the country.
They will also guarantee the continuity of the personnel on board who need their documentation and those who require immediate training will be allowed to do it remotely, complying at all times with the minimum requirements demanded by the Maritime Training Agreement, STCW’78 in its amended form, as well as national regulations, likewise CFMs will also benefit by reactivating their economy in these difficult times.