The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MOU) released its annual “Performance List 2019 Paris MOU” on July 1, 2020, announcing that Panama remains on the white list for 10 consecutive years. The White, Gray and Black (WGB) list presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to lower performing flags based on inspection results. This is based on the total number of inspections and arrests during a continuous 3-year period, to flag with at least 30 inspections during that cycle. Ships in the Panamanian fleet are subject to inspections by the port state and the authorities in foreign ports, in order to verify and verify that the ships comply with international standards set by the industry.
Panama, as a flag state, is responsible for ensuring that ships flying its flag comply with international maritime standards ratified by the country.
Earlier this year, the Tokyo MOU 2019 annual report also confirmed that Panama retains its place on the white list of this memorandum of understanding.
The Panamanian Register of ships maintains its commitment to compliance with international standards, through monitoring and follow-up of the different memorandums of understanding. At the end of the first semester of 2020, the Panamanian fleet has a compliance percentage of 97%, in relation to the Paris and Tokyo MOU; During this period, approximately 5,287 inspections were carried out on Panamanian vessels, 62% less compared to the same cycle in 2019; In addition, we have a 46% decrease compared to last year, in terms of number of arrests.
With respect to the “USCG PSC Annual Report 2019” of the United States Coast Guard, Panama, with 1,450 inspections and reducing the number of arrests, remains below the regional annual arrest rate for the second consecutive year, with a detention percentage of 1.10%, giving our Registry the best average within the Top 3 of the largest registries in the world; It should be noted that the arrest rate average is 1.08% in the last 3 years, this being the best performance reported compared to previous periods, for Panama.
One of the factors that has influenced the decrease in detained ships is the effort of the personnel of the General Directorate of Merchant Marine of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), in charge of the Registry, who have worked with determination, carrying out favorable actions and keeping in active collaboration with the parties involved, providing the assistance and guidance required to maintain compliance with our fleet, in addition to this, different circulars have been published such as: updating the procedures for the control of the Port State , the establishment of requirements to reduce detentions in Panamanian-flagged vessels, the sending of checklists prior to arrival at ports in the United States of America, and guides have been published for the appeal process against deficiencies or State detentions. Rector of the Port; Also the lack of personnel to carry out inspections in the different ports, given the possible risk of contagion by COVID – 19.
With these achievements, we reiterate our commitment to comply with the standards established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the different international entities