Regulation of the Bunker Fuel Industry in Panama

The Panama Maritime Chamber is calling for legislation for fuel services to cover the event of a fuel spill and the operation of ships in domestic waters related to the service.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"We have a maritime laws for classification, construction and manning of international ships, but not for ships in national waters," said Joseph DiGeronimo, president of the Maritime Chamber of Panama, reported

Once the expanded canal is in operation, larger ships will arrive which will need to pump faster, which makes large-scale accidents more likely, estimated DiGeronimo. For those cases, there is a need for staff training and preparation by the respective authorities.

These issues were discussed last week at the "Bunkering Forum 2012" held in order to seek ways to optimize the services in the industry in Panama. In the Panamanian bunkering industry there are between 30 and 35 companies involved in fuel storage and marketing, as well as others that offer barge services to ship bunker fuel.

In 2011, Panama had a capacity to store 5 million barrels of bunker fuel. After the canal expansion, the capacity will increase to 15 million barrels in 2014.

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