Panama, Peru sign seafarer training agreement

Panama, Peru enhances relations in the maritime sector

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and the National Maritime Authority of Peru have signed an Inter-institutional agreement that seeks mutual recognition of the training and certification of seafarers.

This will be in accordance with Rule I/10 of the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.

The agreement seeks to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation that unite the Republic of Panama and the Republic of Peru, in addition to improving the partnership and standards in the maritime, port and logistics fields.

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The signing of this agreement was made during the 129th session of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The signatories were on behalf of the AMP, the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Noriel Arauz, and on behalf of the Peruvian Maritime Authority, the General Director of the Directorate of Captaincies and Coast Guards of the Navy (DICAPI), Ernesto Colunge Pinto.

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Arauz stated: “It is important to highlight that the achievement of the development and dynamism of the international maritime trade in a globalised system requires the commitment of the countries and the states parties to the adoption of rules and standards that regulate the maritime sector, implementation of controls, mechanisms, and processes to ensure the efficient and effective application of these provisions.

“Above all, promotion of education, training, and level of competence of seafarers as the guarantor of quality maritime transport in accordance with the international standards established by the IMO through the STCW’78 Convention, as amended.”

This month, the Panama Canal Authority announced that it will postpone depth restrictions that were set to impact the largest ships voyaging across the waterway.

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