New environmental rules for Panamanian ships

The ratification of the 2001 Bunker Convention by Panama will increase insurance costs for ships.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The "International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage," means that the owner of the ship is responsible for pollution damages caused by bunker fuel in the ship and for covering the cost of preventative measures.

According to the article on laestrella.com.pa: "...ships flying the Panama flag will need to have increased insurance coverage for oil pollution damage."



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In 2017, Panamanian ports handled 6.9 million containers, 10% more than in 2016.

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There has been an increases in traffic of neopanamax ships, which now produce revenues of $68 million, as well as extra maritime services that used to go through the Suez Canal.

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Panama get maritime navigation control

January 2009

8,000 ships will be identified and tracked remotely via satellite.

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