Panama has opened a new technical office (SEGUMAR) in Hong Kong to provide support and technical advice to users of the Ship Registry.

Adding to 14 international offices of the registry it will also provide issuance of important technical certifications for the vessels flying the flag of Panama.

 The new SEGUMAR office, located in Central Hong Kong, will service the Hong Kong fleet which represents 6.8%of the total Panamanian merchant fleet. It will work alongside the Panama Consulate for the best of the Hong Kong ship owners’ community.

The Panama Maritime Authority’s Directorate General of Merchant Marine through its Department of SEGUMAR is improving the Ship Registry’s operations with innovations and digitalisation of its processes.

The creation of the module for the issuance of the Harmful Materials Listing (HML) Declaration of Compliance in electronic format -available on the “E-Segumar Application” platform within the “Applications Forms” section- allows the user to complete their data and process their documentation securely and quickly, since 1 September 2020.

 The modules for issuing authorisations electronically were created and their new functionality of digital controls were incorporated, with the premise of optimising the tasks inherent to the SEGUMAR department.

These actions represent significant improvements in terms of the department’s functions. The unification of formats and the use of QR codes allow interested parties to immediately check the validity of documents issued electronically by the Panama Ship Registry.

Source: Seatrade Maritime