In accordance with IMO regulations, specifically Chapter 5, Regulation 13 of SOLAS 74, and STCW 78/95, officers and crew members aboard Panamanian vessels must possess valid documentation establishing their professional qualifications.
Panamanian titles are obtained through endorsement of a valid title complying with the 1995 Amendments of the STCW 78 Convention and issued by a White List country. Those countries are certified in compliance with the STCW 95 Amendment and featured in the IMO's White List (Click here for the complete list). Nationals of a White List country shall seek direct endorsement of their home license, while residents will have to demonstrate additionally that they were trained in a center recognized by the maritime administration of a White List country. Under certain conditions, nationals from Taiwan and Myanmar, countries that are not included in the White List, may also apply for endorsement of their home license.
To obtain Panamanian documentation is a straightforward process, which begins by filling a simple application form provided by the Consulate. Please note that original forms are required and that copies are not acceptable.
Upon reception of the completed application form accompanied by the supporting documents (see checklists below), the New York Consulate will provide applicants with a Transitory Certificate (CT) allowing them to work aboard a Panamanian vessel, for a period of three months.
Within that timeframe, the supporting documentation shall be submitted to a Regional Centers of the Panama Maritime Authority in charge of issuing Permanent Certificates.
It must be noted that Transitory Certificates are not renewable. Their validity is strictly limited to three months. Therefore the role of maritime consulates - primarily responsible for reviewing all documentation - cannot be underestimated. Deficient documentation is systematically returned to the consulates by the Regional Centers, and represents a leading cause of delay.
Our team of seasoned specialists enjoys a consistently high satisfaction rate and receives applications from all parts of the world. Transitory Certificates are issued promptly, following a careful review of all records, and are mailed and faxed within 1 -3 days to the applicants to ensure delivery as quickly as possible.
For your convenience, Ms. Isabel Navarro, Head Officer of the New York Consulates Licensing Department, has prepared the following checklist detailing individual requirements for all positions. Should you require further assistance, you are welcome to contact her directly:
Ph. (212) 840-2450 (ext. 305) - Fax (212) 840-2469
All documents submitted must be NOTARIZED, unless they are ORIGINALS.
ship Security officer certificate
For those already qualified as Ship Security Officer, transitional provisions have been approved in the amendments and allow for continued recognition of personnel who hold a document of qualifications as Ship Security Officers before the entry into force of this regulation, until July 1, 2009.
In relation to this matter, this Administration issued the following guidelines:
3.1 The Resolution is applicable to seafarers who render services on board of the following types of vessels, and which are engaged on international voyages:
Passenger ships, including passenger crafts.
Cargo Ships, including Cargo Crafts of 500 Gross Tonnage and above.
Mobile Offshore Drilling Units.
FEES: (US Dollars)
New Schedule of Fees for Panamanian Licenses
Effective January 1, 2011
*** The 4 Basic Courses (First Aid, Fire Fighting, Survival at Sea and Social Responsibility) cannot be renewed or extended after expiration (Circular DGGM No. 012-DTIT-2013)
*** When the 4 Basic Courses (First Aid, Fire Fighting, Survival at Sea and Social Responsibility), are included in one certificate, such certificates will have a cost of TWENTY DOLLARS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (US$20.00); in case they are in different certificates, each of them will have a cost of TEN DOLLARS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (US$10.00).
Once the Basic Courses have expired or have more than five (5) years, a cost for its extension and validity of TWENTY DOLLARS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (US$20.00 each one) will be applied in case they are all contained in one certificate and TEN DOLLARS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (US$10.00) in case they are in separate certificates.
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