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Piraeus, 9th July 2010
SUBJECT (1) MMC CIRCULAR No 169 OF THE PRESENT TECHNICAL CIRCULAR,
REVISES THE PREVIOUS MMC No 169 WHICH HAS BEEN CIRCULATED WITH
HRS T.C. 22/08
Addressed to: All H.R.S. and H.R.S. (Int’l) Exclusive Surveyors
Subject:
PANAMA FLAG REQUIREMENTS
1. RADIO ACCOUNTING AUTHORITIES AND POINT OF
SERVICE ACTIVATIONS
2. ISM CODE AMENDMENTS
3. EXEMPTION OF THE LISTED COMPANIES OF THE
OCCASIONAL INSPECTION REQUESTED PRIOR ARRIVAL
TO EUROPEAN PORTS
4. ADOPTION BY PANAMA OF IMO RESOLUTIONS
Reference:
(Attached)
1. MMC Circular No 169 (UPDATED)
2. MMC Circular No 213
3. Panamanian Administration e-mail dated 09/07/2010
4. List of adopted IMO Resolutions
Entry into force: Immediate
Information:
Please find herewith attached for your information the above
mentioned DOCUMENTS and CIRCULARS, issued by the Panamanian
Authorities, and you are herewith requested to conform accordingly.
________________________
P. Pappas
Technical Director
Please CONFIRM RECEIPT by return to: FOREIGN RELATIONS DEPT.
The System’s automatic “E-Mail Receipt Confirmation” is considered by Head Office as
an official statement of your notification and conformance to the contents of above Technical Circular,
unless otherwise received in writing.
No 44/10
To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Legal
Representatives of Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian
Merchant Marine Consulates and Recognized Organizations
(RO).
Subject: ISM Code Amendments
Reference: Resolution 106-OMI-77-DGMM of June 28, 2010 through which
MSC. 273 (85) is adopted.
1. IMO has adopted a number of amendments to the ISM Code that will enter into force on
July 1st, 2010.
2. During the review of these amendments, this Administration has noticed the need to
prepare a Merchant Marine Circular providing additional instructions or clarifications in
order to assure the proper implementation of the new requirements.
3. The most important changes are:
3.1- Risk Assessment is now explicitly required in the code through the revision of
clause 1.2.2.2. Previously, no requirement was included regarding how companies
establish safeguards. This revision has prompted questions regarding how
companies should respond and what they should do to demonstrate compliance; and
how auditors interpret the new requirement as well as what evidence should they
look for.
On this respect, IACS has developed a guidance for auditors of ISM Code, Clause
1.2.2.2, “A GUIDE TO RISK ASSESSMENT IN SHIP OPERATIONS”. With
the purpose to insure proper and common implementation of such requirement, this
Administration instructs all duly approved Recognized Organizations to issue ISM
certification on behalf of the Republic of Panama to use the above mentioned
guidance when verifying compliance with the clause 1.2.2.2 of the ISM Code.
3.2- The paragraph 12.1 is replaced by the following: “The company should carry
out internal safety audits on board and ashore at intervals not exceeding twelve
months in order to verify whether safety and pollution prevention activities comply
PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY
MERCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC-213
PanCanal Building
Albrook, Panama City
Republic of Panama
Tel: (507) 501-5000
segumar@segumar.com
with the safety management system. In exceptional circumstances, this interval may
be exceeded by no more than three months”.
4. In regard to exceptional circumstances under which the interval may be extended, it is
the company who approves such extension. Therefore, the company should establish the
criteria for the extension in the management system.
5. We invite all users of our registry to use any of the Segumar Offices for your better
convenience.
July, 2010
Inquiries concerning the subject of this Circular or any request should be directed to:
Directorate General of Merchant Marine
Panama Maritime Authority
Phone: (507) 501-5033
Fax: (507) 501-5083
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PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY
General Directorate of Merchant Marine
SEGUMAR Panama
Merchant Marine Circular No. 169
To: Owners/Operators of Panamanian Flagged Vessels,
Recognized Organizations and Masters
Subject: Radio Accounting Authorities and Point Service Activations
References: Circular N°. 01-84 of February 8, 1994
This Circular supersedes Merchant Marine Circular N°. 111
1. Reference is made to Circular N°. 01-84 of February 8, 1984, which establishes the list
of companies authorized to handle the radio accounts and Point Service Activation of
Panamanian flagged vessels.
2. For your information here is the latest list of such organizations and their Accounting
Authority Code:
1. (PG02) PANAMA SHIPPING CONSULTANTS , INC.-
E-mail: shipreg@netvigator.com
2. (PG03) MARITIME SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
(MARSATCO)
E-mail: marsatco@cvpanama.net
Lorena.landires@marsatco.com
 davido.extraxim@gmail.com