Panama: New Rules for Maritime Traffic

The new traffic separation system which comes into effect on December 1 establishes four instruments in the passage of the canal and coastal protection zones for environmentally sensitive sites.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Traffic Separation System (TSS) devices consist of three which will be placed in the Pacific, one in the Atlantic and one at the entrance of the canal, and will allow for organisation of vessel traffic in congestion areas as well as providing protection for humpback whales . reports that "...Areas that are protected include the Maritime Corridor, which includes the Pearl Islands and the Galapagos Islands; and the area covered by the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially Waterfowl Habitats, signed by Panama in 1990. "

"The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) is currently training its staff on the new marine planning system, which was approved last May by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)."

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