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Date of Legal Instrument

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No. Of the Official Gazette

Date of the Official Gazette

39

8-Jul-76

The Inspection Service for the Exterior Service Ship under Panamanian flag. 

Inspection Service of the Exterior Service Ships

18127

12-Jul-76

56

12-Dec-79

The articles 1057-A to 1057-F of the Fiscal Code are modified and dictates measures on the navigation tax on jurisdictional waters. 

Navigation Tax      Jurisdictional Waters

18978

12-Dec-79

2

17-Jan-80

The Consular and Ships Directorate is created and dictates other dispositions. 

Consular and Shipping
Ship Registry

19008

12-Feb-80

4

24-Feb-83

Establishes a tax regime applicable to the exterior service ships, registered in the National Merchant Marine and derogates some dispositions. 

Exterior Service
Taxes
Tariffs

19760

28-Feb-83

19

3-Aug-92

Modifies articles of Law 4, 1983, that regulates the fee to be paid for ship registry and derogates the War Decrees issued by the Provincial/Provisional Government in charge from September 1st, to December 20th, 1989.  

Registry Rate
War Decrees
Ship Registry

22094

6-Aug-92

38

4-Jun-95

Article 3 of Law 2 of 1980 and article 1053 of the Tax Code are modified, and which dictates other dispositions.  

UNCLOS
Convention on the Law of the Sea

23056

12-Jun-96

57

6-Aug-08

General Law of Merchant Marine 

Ship Registry
Flagging
International Service Ships
Interior Service Ships
Navigation Patent
Radio License

25100

7-Aug-08

55

6-Aug-08

“General Law of Maritime Commerce”

Maritime Commerce
Chartering Contract
Multimodal Transportation Contract
Compensation Payment

26100

7-Aug-08

45

14-Feb-69

Various articles of the Tax Code, of Law 8, 1925 of the Commerce Code are modified and the effects of Law 60 of December 14th, 1965, the Law Decree 5 of April 11th, 1957, the Law Decree 8 of May 8th, 1958 and Law No. 38 of January 30th, 1963 are partially suspended.  

Consular Rights
Consular Services                Ship Mortgages

16310

3-Mar-69

18

30-May-84

The regulation for recreational ships registered in the National Merchant Marine of the Republic of Panama, is approved.  

Recreational Ships
Regulation

20163

16-Oct-84

7

10-Feb-98

The Panama Maritime Authority is created.

Panama Maritime Authority
Maritime Sector
General Directorate of Ports and Auxiliary Maritime Industries 
General Directorate of Merchant Marine
General Directorate of Seafarers

23484

17-Feb-98

8

26-Feb-98

The Sea and Navigation Ways Labor is regulated and other dispositions are dictated.  

Maritime Labour
Enrollment Contract
Lodging and Alimentation

23 490-A

28-Feb-98

86

22-Feb-13

Regulates the Convention on Maritime Labour of 2006.

MLC
Maritime Labour Convention   Minimum age to work on board
Medical Certificate
Training

27 234-A

27-Feb-13

055-2012

14-Dec-12

Modifies the Resolution J.D. J.D. No. 015-2009 of April 16th, 2009, which  establishes the cost of the insurance certificate or other financial guarantee related to civil responsibility arose from damages due to the contamination due to hydrocarbons for ship fuel, according to Law No. 7 of January 14th, 2009. 

Civil Liability
Cost of the Insurance Certificates
Financial Warranty

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019-2005

24-Nov-05

New regulation on Recognized Organizations to make inspections and issue statutory certificates to the ships of National Merchant Marine on behalf of the Republic of Panama. 

RO
Recognized Organization
Satutory Certificates

25455

30-Dec-05

038-2014

12-Nov-14

Approves the cost of the recognitions, authorization, annuities, documentation services and the General Directorate of Merchant Marine and any other representation authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority.

Costs
Recognitions
Certificate

27678

11-Dec-14

039-2014

12-Nov-14

Ordains the execution of an Audit Plan to all the Auxiliary Entities, Recognized Organizations, Classifier Society and Recognzed Protection Organizations approved by the Republic of Panama to determine the administration, competence, means, the sufficient capacity and service quality, which shall start since 2015 under the parameters of the Resolution MSC.349(92) addopted on June 21st, 2013, Resolution No.106-11-DGMM of March 16th, 2009, Resolution No. 106-47-DGMM of June 26th, 2014 and others.

OR
OPR
Audit Plan
Auxiliary Entities Recognized Organizations
Classifier Societies
Recognized Protection Organizations

27679

12-Dec-14

020-2015

26-Feb-15

Approves the cost of the recognitions, certifications, annuities, additional documentation or technical services offered or issued by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine and any other representation authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority. 

Costs
Recognitions
Certificate
Private Safety Companies Armed Personnel

27760

15-Apr-15

067-2015

14-Oct-15

Stablishes the charges for expiration as a penalty of the International Service Navigation Patents issued by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine to the ships registered under Panamanian flag.

Penalties
Charges
Expiration of Navigation Patent of International Service                 Provisional Patent
Regulatory Patent

27902

2-Nov-15

067-2016

19-Dec-16

Approves the regulations of fines and penalties for the ships abandoned in the Republic of Panama and the rates to remove them, their equipment and freight.   

Fines and Penalties
Abandoned Ships
Ship removal fees

28232

8-Mar-17

051-2016

21-Sep-16

Approves the procedure to follow the cases of requests of declaration of shipwrecked species and/or total or partial removal of the abandoned ships, its equipment and freight that may risk the navigation and marine environment in national and/or international waters.

Shipwrecked Species
Total Removal
Ship Partial Removal

28142-A

19-Oct-16

038 -2014

12-Nov-14

Modified by Resolution J.D. 002-2015 of January 27th, 2015.

Costs
Recognitions
Certificate

27678

11-Dec-14

002-2005

21-Jan-15

Adds a paragraph to Resolution J.D. 038-2014 of November 12th, 2014.

Costs
Recognitions
Certificate
Yearly Tax
Auxiliary Entities

27729

27-Feb-15

020-2015

26-Feb-15

Modified by the Resolution J.D.024-17 of July 27th, 2017.

Costs
Recognitions
Certificate

27760

15-Apr-15

050-2015

30-Jul-15

Approves the cost of the certifications, documentation and tehcnical additional serivices, granted or issued by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine of the Panama Maritime Authority.

Cost of Certifications
Documentation Services

27853

25-Aug-15

068-2015

14-Oct-15

The creation of the special registry meant for ships operating out of the limits of the international ports, with less than 100 tons of gross registry and under 24 meters of length and willing to register in the national merchant marine.

Special Registry
International Ports
24 meters
100 tons

27902

2-Nov-15

069-2015

14-Oct-15

Based on article 149 of Law No.57 of August 6th, 2008 establishes an special discount of up to a fifty percent (50%) for a three (3) year term, in favour of registered ships and to be registered in the national merchant marine, so long as they evidence programs of social corporative responsibility focused in allowing the decrease of contamination in the atmosphere or in the ocean.

Law 57
Social Responsibility Programs
Atmospherical Contamination

27902

2-Nov-15

070-2015

14-Oct-15

Based on numeral 7 of article 18 of the Law Decree No. 7 from February 10th, 1998, the inspectorates of Merchant Marine in the ports nationwide, are listed. 

Merchant Marine Inspectorates Nationwide

27902

2-Nov-15

071-2015

14-Oct-15

The General Director of Merchant Marine is authorized to promote economic incentives to attract ships pertaining or that have pertained in the last five (5) years to the merchant fleet of the Hellenic Republic, to register in the merchant marine of the Republic of Panama. 

Economic Incentives Hellenic Republic

27911-B

19-Nov-15

017-2016

4-Apr-16

Authorizes the General Director of Merchant Marine to grant a dispensation of up until one hundred percent (100%) to all those ships from Iran or owned by legal persons controlled by nationals from Iran or linked to said country, on the rates and rights that such ships should pay so such ships that get registered in the Merchant Registry. 

Dispensation
Rates
Iran

28031-B

16-May-16

052-2016

21-Sep-16

The creation of the Special Registry addressed to ships operating out of the limits of the international ports, under 100 tons of gross registry and under 24 of lenght willing to register in the National Merchant Marine, is approved. 

Special Registry
24 meters length

28142-A

19-Oct-16

053-2016

21-Sep-16

Approves the cost of authorizations and annuities of the multiple accreditation  system for private security companies. 

Multiple Acceditation
Private Security Companies
Authorizations

28142-A

19-Oct-16

066-2016

19-Dec-16

Fixes the value of two hundred and fifty balboas with 00/100 (B/.250.00) due to evaluation, approval or rejection of the amendments or modification of protection plans for the Panamanian flag ships performed by the Department of Ship Maritime Protection of the General Directorate of Merchant Marine. 

Protection Plans
Deparment of Maritime Ship Protection
Evaluation
Approval

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001-2017

26-Jan-17

Ordains that all the boats with outboard motors up until 14 meters of lenght navigating on jurisdictional waters, hold a navigation licence for the boats with outboard motors. 

14 meters of lenght
Outboard Motor
Navigation License

28233-A

9-Mar-17

002-2017

26-Jan-17

Approves the cost of the certifications, technical and documentation services offferedn and/or issued by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine of the Panama Maritime Authority  and any other representation authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority related with the  International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.

Costs
BWM
 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.

28233-A

9-Mar-17

013-2017

8-Mar-17

Establishes the rights to be paid for the issuance of the License Certificatefor the use of electronic formats of the Crew Role, the Hydrocarbon and Emissions Registry Book, the Official Ship Logbook and the Registry Book of Ballast waters and the evaluation and recognition of Manufacture and/or Supplier Companies of Electronic Books.  

Certificate
Crew Role
Book of Hydrocarbon Registry
Ship’s Official Logbook
Libro de Registro de Agua de Lastre
Libro de Registro de Agua de Lastre Libros Electrónicos.

28251

4-Apr-17

023-2017

15-Jul-17

Approves the creation of a Special Registry for Ships registered inthe National Merchant Marine or coming from a foreign registration and that have retired from the commercial maritime exploitation, which is denominated as Special and Lay Up Registry (Inactive)”.

Lay Up
Special Registry
Foreign Registry
Maritime Trade Exploitation

28358-A

5-Sep-17

024-2017

27-Jul-17

Modifies numeral 7 and numeral 9 of the First Article of th Resolution J.D. 020-2015 of February 26th, 2015. 

Safety Corporations
Insurances
Convention of Civil Responsibility 
Hydrocarbon Contamination
Yearly Endorsements
Intermediate Endorsement

28358-A

5-Sep-17

106-AC-01-DGMM

12-Feb-07

Regulations for entities in charge of the accounting of the services of maritime mobile telecommunications to the Ships of the Panamanian Registry.

AC
Accounting Authorities Accounting
Telecommunications
Regulation

25755

22-Mar-07

106-48-DGMM

30-Nov-08

Adopts a regulation to grant discounts.

Discounts
Registry
Annual Tax
Consular Annual Rate
New Construction

26238

11-Mar-09

106-PSA-01-DGMM

26-Dec-07

Regulations for the authorization of the companies wishing to lend the service (PSA) of INMARSAT, to Mobile Satellite  Stations (MES)  on board of ships of Panamanian Registry.

Mobile Stations          Satellite
MES
Service Activation Point
PSA

26031

2-May-08

106-11-DGMM

16-Mar-09

Regulation of the Protection Organizations Recognized to perform evaluations, plans approvals, control audits and issuance of provisional certificates to the National Merchant Marine Ships in the name of the Republic of Panama.

Recognized Protection Organizations
RPO
Plan Approval

26351

21-Aug-09

106-38-DGMM

20-Jun-11

Regulations of Marriages on board of ships of Panamanian Flag.

Marriage
Regulation

26832

20-Jul-11

106-13-DGMM

8-Mar-12

Ordains to ISSUE a REGULATION regulating the private safety companies, granted by the service of voluntary service of armed personnel on board of the ships of Panamanian flag. 

Security Companies

27 008-A

4-Apr-12

106-14-DGMM

9-Mar-12

Establishes the requirements and procedures for the issuance of the CONTINUOUS SYNOPTIC REGISTRY  (CSR)

CSR
Continuous Synoptic Registry 

27009

9-Mar-12

106-59-DGMM

11-Jul-12

Establishes the requirements and procedures of the issuance of the INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE FOR   SHIP PROTECTION  (CIPB or ISSC), by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine.

ISSC
CIPB
Inernational Certificate for Ship Protection

27094

7-Aug-12

106-137-DGMM

10-Sep-13

Establishes the periodical recognitions to the ships on jurisdictional waters of the Republic of Panama, to determine ir they comply with the safety regulations in order to prevent environmental contamination and protection of human life.

Prevention of Contamination Jurisdictional Waters

27377-A

19-Sep-13

106-138-DGMM

10-Sep-13

Regulation that guarantees that all the cargo ships of the Republic of Panama with less than 500 tons of gross registry and with patent of international service are constructed, equiped, maintained, operated and inspected so the highest levels of life safety and of sea property.

Regulation of cargo ships

27377-A

19-Sep-13

106-85-DGMM

17-diciembre-2014

Regulation for the national and international private safety companies willing to be approved by the General Directorate of the Panama Maritime Authority to grant the use of armed or unarmed safety personnel on board of the ships with Panamanian flag, so long as they comply with the requirements established by Resolution No. 106-13-DGMM of March 8th, 2012.

Safety Companies

27687

24-Dec-14

106-86DGMM

18-Dec-14

Modifies Article 1 of Resolution No. 106-48 DGMM of 12/30/08 Regulations to grant discounts. .

Discounts

27689-B

29-Dec-14

106-74-DGMM

15-septiembre-2016

Establishes a system of Multiple Accreditation for private security companies (understanding them as private maritime protection companies, established in  Resolution MSC.1/Circ.1405/Rev.2 of May 25th, 2012 of the International Maritime Organization (“IMO”)   willing to be authorized as subsidiaries or companies subjected to administrative control that are part of the economic groups to grant the service of voluntary use of armed or unarmed personnel on board of ships of Panamanian flag, in transit exclusively through high risk zones for pirate attacks and armed robbery.  

Subsidiaries

28131

4-Oct-16

106-53-DGMM

14-junio-2017

Approves a new regulation for inspections to guarantee the safety of the people and the cargo on board of the ships of ro-ro passenger ships and/or ships carrying twelve or more passengers (passenger ship), with international service navigation patent, with Panamanian flag and  operating exclusively on jurisdictional waters of the Republic of Panama, in order to give an adequate compliance to the safety rules to safeguard human life at the sea, to prevent the environmental contamination and other obligations requested by the national legislation. 

New Inspection Regulation

28307

23-Jun-17

106-109-DGMM

17-octubre-2017

Adopts technical, registration and management provisional measures, in order to improve the performance of the Panamanian Merchant Marine and decrease the number of detention by the Coast Guard of the United States of America (USCG) or the Competent Authorities of the Member States of the Memorandum of Understanding of Paris (Paris MOU).

Performance of the General Directorate of Merchant Marine

28413

24-Nov-17

106-124-DGMM

27-Nov-17

Regulates the use of the “Global Software Platform of Maritime Inspection and Safety” so this General Directorate of Merchant Marine, manages, controls and administers the Annual Safety Inspections (ASI) executed to the national registry ships.

Global Inspection      Platform

28416

30-Nov-17

106-53DGMM

14-Jun-17

Modified by Resolution 106-112 of October 26th, 2017.

Cargo Shipping   Passengers

28307

23-6-2017

106-112 DGMM

26-Oct-17

Modifified article 20 of Resolution No. 106-53 DGMM of June 14th, 2017.

Equipment
Rescue
Fire fighting

28402

8-Nov-17

106-53DGMM

14-Jun-17

Modified by Resolution 106-112 of October, 26th, 2017.

Rescue

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106-50-DGMM

18-Jun-18

Creates the regulation of special lay up registry (inactive) for ships registered in the National Merchant Marine or willing to, and coming from a foreign registry and that have been retired from exploitation, due to the world financial crisis.

Inactive Ships

28554-A

25-Jun-18

106-82-DGMM

12-septiembre-2018

Adopts the dispositions established in the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code edition of January of 2019, parts A and B that have been developed altogether by United Kingdom, its overseas territories and dependencies of the Crown and representatives of the international industry with the exception of those contrary to the regulations applicable in the Republic of Panama.

Yatch Code

28616-B

20-Sep-18

106-90-DGMM

28-Sep-18

Regulates Piracy cases.

Piracy

28631

11-Oct-18

106-51-DGMM

25-Jun-18

Modifies Resolution No. 106-109-DGMM of October 17th, 2018.

Rejects the Registry

28558 A

20-Jun-18

ADM-016-09

9-Feb-09

Varies the percentages of the discounts indicated on numerals 1 to 6 of article 149 of Law 57 of August 6th, 2008, General Law of Merchant Marine. 

Discounts
Article 149
Law 57
General Law of Merchant Marine

26253

1-Apr-09

ADM-138-2017

16-Aug-17

Regulates the International Convention to Control and Manage Ballast Water and the Sediments of the Ships, 2004.

BMW
International Convention to Control and Manage Ballast Water and the Sediments of the Ships, 2004.

28358-A

5-Sep-17

18

30-5-1984

Approves the regulations for recreational ships registered in the National Merchant Marine of the Republic of Panama.

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20163

16-Oct-84