Agreement with Japan starts to benefit Panamanian seafarers


During a recent visit to the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Senior Directors of the Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) indicated that during the second semester of 2023, they are processing 15 new job opportunities for Panamanian seafarers and the contracting of 10 other new Panamanian cadets is foreseen for 2024, so they can board their ships either under the Panamanian flag or from other registries.

The new recruits are the product of a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement signed last year between the AMP, through the Panamanian Embassy in Japan, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) regarding mutual recognition in the training and certification according to Standard I/10 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention´78).

The AMP says that this is an example of the confidence that MOL has in the Panama Shipping Registry and in the training of new seafarers, thus strengthening the friendship and commercial bonds that unite the Japanese company and Panama.