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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, during three months. 

Within that timeframe, the supporting documentation shall be submitted to one of three Regional Centers of the Panama Maritime Authority (New York, Manila and London) 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 of all records, and are mailed and faxed the same day to the applicants. Every day, a Consulate employee hand-delivers the applications to the New York Regional Center, which is located in the adjacent building. He simultaneously retrieves the Permanent Certificates and ensures they reach the applicants as quickly as possible. 

 

Contact information:  

For your convenience, Ms. Isabel Navarro, Head Officer of the New York Consulate’s 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:

e-mail: inavarro@NYconsul.com

Ph. (212) 840-2450 (ext. 224)  -  Fax (212) 840-2469

 

All documents submitted must be NOTARIZED, unless they are ORIGINALS.

 

DECK & ENGINEERING OFFICERS (STCW 95):                    

                    http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgOriginal Application Form.    

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgHome country title with STCW 95 endorsement.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgCopy of passport, or Seaman's Passport.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSix color photographs  (1¼’’ x 1¼’’) or (3 cm x 3 cm) with applicant name written in the back.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Fitness Certificate  issued by a physician recognized by the White List country as authorized to carry out seafarers examinations. (Regulation I/9)

 Deck & Engineering Officers carrying Panamanian titles obtained by exam: (STCW 78) 

                     Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgOriginal Application Form.    

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgHome country title with STCW endorsement.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgCopy of passport, or Seaman's Passport.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSix color photographs  (1¼’’ x 1¼’’) or (3 cm x 3 cm) with applicant name written in the back.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Fitness Certificate  issued by a physician recognized by the White List country as authorized to carry out seafarers examinations. (Regulation I/9)

                     Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSTCW 95 Update or Refresher course or alternatively documents demonstrating at least five years of professional experience.   

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Survival Techniques Course (IMO 1.19)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgFire Prevention & Basic Fire Fighting (IMO 1.20) 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgElementary First Aid (IMO 1.13)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Safety & Social Responsibilities (IMO 1.21)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgProficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (IMO 1.23)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgARPA Course (DECK OFFICERS ONLY)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgRadar Observer Course (DECK OFFICERS ONLY)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgGMDSS Course (DECK OFFICERS ONLY)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Care Course (MASTERS & FIRST DECK OFFICERS ONLY)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgAdvanced Fire Fighting Course (MASTERS & FIRST DECK OFFICERS ONLY)

Radio Operators / GMDSS:                    

                     Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgOriginal Application Form.    

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgCopy of passport, or Seaman's Passport.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSix color photographs  (1¼’’ x 1¼’’) or (3 cm x 3 cm) with applicant name written in the back.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgRadio Operator Title (License) GMDSS or Radio/Electronics, etc.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Fitness Certificate  issued by a physician recognized by the White List country as authorized to carry out seafarers examinations. (Regulation I/9)

 RATINGS: (Including Ordinary Seamen, Fitters, Carpenters, Electric Engineers, Electricians, Firemen, Pumpmen, Reefermen and Welders)                   

                     Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgOriginal Application Form.    

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgDischarge books with last two years of experience, or a letter demonstrating experience.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgCopy of passport, or Seaman's Passport.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSix color photographs  (1¼’’ x 1¼’’) or (3 cm x 3 cm) with applicant name written in the back.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Fitness Certificate  issued by a physician recognized by the White List country as authorized to carry out seafarers examinations. (Regulation I/9)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Survival Techniques Course (IMO 1.19)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgFire Prevention & Basic Fire Fighting (IMO 1.20) 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgElementary First Aid (IMO 1.13)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Safety & Social Responsibilities (IMO 1.21)

Ratings forming part of Navigation or Engine Watch Room (Able Seaman/AB, Bosun/Boatswain, Oiler and Motorman):                    

                     Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgOriginal Application Form.    

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgDischarge books with last two years of experience, or a letter demonstrating experience.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgCopy of passport, or Seaman's Passport.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSix color photographs  (1¼’’ x 1¼’’) or (3 cm x 3 cm) with applicant name written in the back.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgWatchkeeping Certificates (Reg. II/4 and III/4 of STCW 95) NOTE: if those certificates were issued under STCW 78, applicants should seek their endorsement. In such case, they should include a copy of their valid Seaman's Book, their current certificate and an additional fee of US$30.00.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Fitness Certificate  issued by a physician recognized by the White List country as authorized to carry out seafarers examinations. (Regulation I/9)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Survival Techniques Course (IMO 1.19)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgFire Prevention & Basic Fire Fighting (IMO 1.20) 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgElementary First Aid (IMO 1.13)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Safety & Social Responsibilities (IMO 1.21)

Marine Technicians: (and all individuals that do not fit one of the above categories)                    

                     Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgOriginal Application Form.    

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgDischarge books with last two years of experience, or a letter demonstrating experience.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgCopy of passport, or Seaman's Passport.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSix color photographs  (1¼’’ x 1¼’’) or (3 cm x 3 cm) with applicant name written in the back.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Fitness Certificate  issued by a physician recognized by the White List country as authorized to carry out seafarers examinations. (Regulation I/9)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgLetter of experience or other document evidencing position held on board (company's letterhead). 

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 MOU (Mobile Offshore Units): Offshore Installation Manager, Barge Supervisor, Ballast Control Operator, Chief Engineer MOU, Engineer in Charge, Barge Engineer, Subsea Engineer)                    

                     Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgOriginal Application Form.    

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgCopy of passport, or Seaman's Passport.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSix color photographs  (1¼’’ x 1¼’’) or (3 cm x 3 cm) with applicant name written in the back.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgTitle or valid training course.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Fitness Certificate  issued by a physician recognized by the White List country as authorized to carry out seafarers examinations. (Regulation I/9)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgLetter of experience (company's letterhead) indicating current and previous positions held on board,  OIM: 4 years of experience required - Barge Supervisor: 3 years - Ballast Control Operator: 1 year.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Survival Techniques Course (IMO 1.19)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgFire Prevention & Basic Fire Fighting (IMO 1.20) 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgElementary First Aid (IMO 1.13)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Safety & Social Responsibilities (IMO 1.21)

MOU (Mobile Offshore Units): (Marine Technician MOU, AB MOU)                    

                     Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgOriginal Application Form.    

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgDischarge books with last two years of experience, or a letter demonstrating experience.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgCopy of passport, or Seaman's Passport.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgSix color photographs  (1¼’’ x 1¼’’) or (3 cm x 3 cm) with applicant name written in the back.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgMedical Fitness Certificate  issued by a physician recognized by the White List country as authorized to carry out seafarers examinations. (Regulation I/9)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgLetter of experience (company's letterhead). indicating current and previous positions held on board  One year of experience required for AB MOU.

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Survival Techniques Course (IMO 1.19)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgFire Prevention & Basic Fire Fighting (IMO 1.20) 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgElementary First Aid (IMO 1.13)

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpgPersonal Safety & Social Responsibilities (IMO 1.21)

 

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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.

 

A.  EVERY APPLICATION FOR A SSO CERTIFICATE OR ENDORSEMENT SHALL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING (ADMINISTRATIVE DOCUMENTS):

 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Application form. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Four (4) color photos 3x3 cm. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Copy of passport and in the case of Panamanian citizens’ copy of the

      I.D. Card. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Medical Fitness Certificate (Regulation I/9).

 

IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THE SHIP SECURITY OFFICER CERTIFICATE, THE APPLICANT SHALL HOLD:

 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Documents mentioned in section A. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Valid Appropriate Certificate, issued by the General Directorate of

      Seafarers, of the Officer who render services in the navigation bridge or

      the engine room, according to provisions of the STCW Convention. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg  To perform an approved seagoing service of not less than twelve (12)

       months in the last five (5) years, carrying out chief engineer or bridge

       officer duties onboard. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Valid Training Course to obtain the Ship Security Officer Certificate, at

       a Training Center recognized by the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA).

  

THE APPLICATION FOR SSO CERTIFICATE ENDORSEMENT (REGULATION I/10), SHALL PRESENT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS: 

 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Documents mentioned in section A. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Original and Copy of the Certificate (of Home Country License) in

accordance with the STCW Convention (Regulation I/12) from the

applicant’s country.

 

TO RENEW THE SHIP SECURITY OFFICER CERTIFICATE THE APPLICANT SHALL:

 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Documents mentioned in section A. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg To perform an approved seagoing service of not less that twelve (12)

      month in the last five (5) years, carrying out chief engineer or bridge

      officer duties onboard. 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Valid Training Course to obtain the Ship Security Officer Certificate, at a

      Training Center acknowledged by the Panama Maritime Authority

      (PMA).

 

APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATE OF COURSE FOR SHIP SECURITY OFFICER ENDORSEMENT REQUIRES:

 

Description: http://www.nyconsul.com/SY00093_.jpg Documents mentioned in section 3.2.

      Original and Copy of the Certificate of Course for Ship Security Officer.

 

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FEES: (US Dollars)  

New Schedule of Fees for  Panamanian Licenses

Effective January 1, 2011

 

TITLE

PANAMANIAN

ALIENS

APPLICATION FEE

 

 

 

 

DECK , ENGINE, M.O.U. *& M.O.D.U. OFFICERS

 

 

 

CAPTAIN/MASTER

25.00

275.00

+10.00

CHIEF ENGINEER

25.00

275.00

+10.00

FIRST,  SECOND & THIRD DECK OFFICER

16.00

270.00

+10.00

FIRST, SECOND & THIRD ENGINEER OFFICER

16.00

270.00

+10.00

M.O.U. & M.O.D.U. OFFICERS

16.00

270.00

+10.00

RADIO ELECTRONIC OFFICERS

25.00

275.00

+10.00

 

 

 

 

SHIP SECURITY OFFICER

20.00

185.00

+10.00

 

 

 

 

GMDSS

GENERAL OPERATOR & GMDSS RESTRICTED

 

16.00

 

185.00

 

+10.00

 

 

 

 

RATINGS

10.00

175.00

10.00

 

 

 

 

DUPLICATES

(DUPLICATE OF TITLE, ENDORSEMENT, OFFICERS AND RATINGS’S SEAMANS BOOK

 

40.00

70.00

+10.00

ENDOSEMENTS

 

 

 

ENDORSEMENT OF BASIC TRAINING FAMILIARIZATION VI/1 A V1/1 PART 2

 

20.00 EACH

20.00 EACH

+10.00

***ENDORSEMENT OF BASIC SAFETY COURSES

 

10.00 EACH

10.00 EACH

+10.00

ENDORSEMENT OF FAMILIARIZATION AND ADVANCED TANKER COURSES

(GENERAL, OIL, CHEMICAL, LPG)

 

30.00 EACH

30.00 EACH

+10.00

ENDORSEMENT OF:

·         PROFICIENCY IN  SURVIVAL CRAFT

·         PROFICIENCY IN FAST RESCUE BOATS

·         ADVANCED FIRE FIGHTING

·         MEDICAL CARE

·         RATING’S NAVIGATION WATCHKEEPING RE. III/4

·         OTHER COURSES

 

 

 

 

30.00 EACH

 

 

 

30.00 EACH

 

 

 

+10.00

 

*** 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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