146/17/Gen.Inf. CIRCULAR NO. MMC 131 – 346

Circular No. 131
1.The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to serve as guidance regarding the amendments to the SOLAS Convention and to the new Chapters regarding Maritime Security and the ISPS Code.

Explore more by reading the Authorized Recognized Security Organizations (RSO)

Circular No. 133
1.The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to update the instructions and procedures of the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) according to SOLAS 74’, as amended Chapter XI-2 Reg. 6 and the IMO Resolution MSC 136(76) as amended by MSC 147(77), MSC/Circ.1072, MSC/Circ.1155 and MSC.1/Circ.1190. Any deficiency related to the ship security alert system (SSAS), is a failure of compliance with the ISPS Code and the ISM Code.

Explore more by reading the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) ISPS CODE

Circular No. 136
1.The purpose of this circular is to inform the list of Recognized Organizations (RO’s) authorized for the conduction of survey and certification of Panama flagged vessels.

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Circular No. 241
1.This circular replaces the Merchant Marine Circular No.22.
The purpose of this Circular is to inform our users of the Registry that in order to provide the most efficient as well as the highest quality service, we are pleased to provide you with the new guidelines to be followed in order to obtain and/or renew the Certificate of Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC’92).
Explore more by reading the Certificate of Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992 (CLC92)

Circular No. 151
1.The purpose of this Circular is to inform users of the Panamanian Registry that this Administration has decided that the certification required by Regulation 5.1.3 and Standard A5.1.3 regarding to Maritime Labour Certificate and Declaration of
Maritime Labour Compliance of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 shall not apply to Platforms or MODU (Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and MOUS), since their main service involves operations of drilling, exploration or exploitation of resources beneath the seabed.
Explore more by reading the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) – Occupational Groups

Circular No. 279
1.The purpose of this Circular is to inform users of the Panama Maritime Authority that once the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) comes into force on 20 August 2013; the Certificate of Inspection of Crew Accommodation (CICA) shall continue to be issued to existing vessels.
Explore more by reading the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) – Certificate of Inspection of Crew Accommodation (CICA)

Circular No. 345
1. PURPOSE
1.1 The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to inform that the Republic of Panama submitted to the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, the accession of the Ballast Water Management Convention 2004, on 19 October 2016; and that the Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017.
Explore more by reading the Ballast Water Management Convention 2004, Panama Policy.

Circular No. 346
1.The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to inform all owners and operator companies that during the process of the last RO Code Audit, this Administration cancelled some Recognized Security Organizations (RSO’s) responsible for the review and approval of the Ship Security Plan (SSP) for vessels of Panamanian Flag.
Explore more by reading the Amendments to the Ship Security Plans (SSP) for Recognized Security Organization (RSO) duly cancelled

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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