AMP and Maersk coordinate actions for the benefit of Panamanian seafarers

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To seek new job opportunities, promote the transfer of knowledge and strengthen existing relationships, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) held an important working meeting with senior Maersk management at the regional office of A.P. Moller – Maersk in Panama.

The AMP’s General Director of Seafarers (DGGM) Capt. Juan Maltez aand his team attended the meeting, as did Maersk’s Director of Maritime Execution for America Deepak Kukreti, Director General for the Caribbean area Antonio Dominguez, and Regional Director for Panama Guadalupe Concepcion.

Various topics were addressed, including current challenges in the logistics of crew changes and other facilities for seafarers, opportunities for alignment in the current initiatives of AMP and the National Migration Service (SNM), and the importance of Panama as a crew change centre.

Also discussed was a roadmap towards safe and efficient crew changes and improvements in facilities for seafarers and protection of their rights. This included the importance of crew members’ mental health, better access to health services and their need for recreation.
The Director of the DGGM, Capt. Juan Maltez, pointed out that “this meeting was very cordial and fruitful since we were able to learn first-hand the opinions that Maersk has of the work carried out by the AMP. In this regard they told us that the access line that we maintain at the Tocumen International Airport, is of great importance for them, while also expressing their appreciation for this and other initiatives carried out for the benefit of seafarers.

“The first steps were also taken to work jointly in the elaboration, in the future, of the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOU) between the AMP and Maersk, with the objective of formalising the shipping opportunities for our Panamanian seafarers.”

For his part, Director Kukreti highlighted the excellent support of the Panama Maritime Authority in the management of crew changes in the midst of the global crisis of Covid-19, which is why they feel optimistic that through mutual collaboration, it would be possible to further support seafarers and enhance Panama’s position as a strategic international maritime centre.

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