Panama recovers record $15.7 million through the AMP in wages owed to seafarers

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During the current administration of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), through the General Directorate of Seafarers (DGGM), a record USD$15.7 million has been recovered in wage payments owed by shipowners to seafarers who sail on Panamanian-flagged vessels. Of that total, USD$5.3 million was achieved in the year 2022.

Likewise, during the current administration 1,248 maritime labour complaints have been processed, 81 maritime labour conciliations and through the intervention of the AMP the shipowners, operators and P&I Clubs, the repatriation of 1,864 crew members of various nationalities was carried out. In 2022 alone, 451 labour complaints and 25 labour reconciliations were processed, and as a result of the intervention of the AMP shipowners carried out the repatriation of 478 crew members of Panamanian-flagged vessels, in various parts of the world.

The seafarers repatriated were found abandoned on Panamanian-flagged ships in different parts of the world and were able return home to their families with payment of their owed wages, as guaranteed under national and international regulations that protect their labour and social rights.

Nationwide, 935 maritime labour inspections have been carried out, of which 351 were during the year 2022. This year inspections will continue on board domestic and international service vessels of the Panamanian registry, in compliance with the provisions of Decree Law No. 8 of February 26, 1998 and Executive Decree No. 86 of February 22, 2013.

AMP says this arduous work proves once again its commitment to comply with international conventions and national regulations that regulate the work of seafarers on board Panamanian-flagged ships, such as the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 amended, ratified by the Republic of Panama in 2009; its regulation in Panama through Executive Decree No. 86 of 2013 and Executive Decree No. 160 of March 3, 2021, through which decent work is guaranteed, achieving these excellent results.

The General Directorate of Seafarers of the Panama Maritime Authority ensures that the labour rights of seafarers are respected, putting into practice the procedures aimed at quickly and effectively resolving conflicts and problems that affect seafarers, giving the guarantee of a safe support as a serious and responsible registry of ships.

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