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RECOGNITION OF PRIVATE MARITIME SECURITY COMPANIES ON BOARD PANAMA FLAGGED VESSELS | 1-1-2012
 
In view of the multiple piracy attacks made to Panama Flagged Vessels, the General Directorate of Merchant Marine of the Panama Maritime Authority has approved by means of Resolution Nº 103-13-DGMM of March 8 of 2012, a set of regulations that will authorize the service of voluntary use of armed personnel to Private Security companies.

Taking this into consideration, any private security company interested in obtaining recognition or authorization for this service provided to Panama flagged Vessels should submit their application through a competent law firm in Panama attaching the following documents:
 

  • Formal application before the General Directorate of Merchant Marine of the Panama Maritime Authority.
  •  Certificate of Registry of the company or, where it is attested the existence and the persons, legal representatives or power of attorney authorized to act on its behalf. In the case of companies abroad, the documents must be duly authenticated by the Panamanian Consul or by Apostille.
  • Copy of the insurance policy for damages to third parties.
  • Number, technical formation and experience of the security personnel of the company in the management of arms or protection equipment as well as the provisions of the International Code for the Protection of Ships and the Port Facilities (ISPS Code, for its stands in English), the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code) and the Best Practices on Board (BMP for its stands in English) in its actualized version. For said purpose, a copy of their certificates or diplomas that credit the suitability of the security personnel with their respective curriculum vitae should be attached.
  • Procedures for the handling and inventory of weapons on board ships, transport, shipment and disembarkation.
  • Introduction and maintenance of quality standards that are recognized internationally.
  • To prove that the Company has the necessary resources which includes technical, management and administration procedures to carry out the work for the security and protection of the ships that transit within the high risk areas.
  • Any other document the Administration may require.
The Administration strongly encourages all the interested companies to submit their application by January 3, 2013 as the latest, in order to obtain the correspoding approval.

For more information please contact us at info@mls-associates.com .
 



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