Japanese shipowners in plea to Panama Canal Authority : Weekly News Roundup, September 16th 2019




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Welcome to the Panama Weekly News Roundup! Here’s the latest.

Welcome to the Panama Weekly News Roundup! Here’s the latest.

Japanese shipowners in plea to Panama Canal Authority: consider your customers

Takashi Nakashima, the vice president of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA), has called upon the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to lengthen the notification period before tolls are hiked and to more thoroughly listen to its customers.

The JSA noted and appreciated that the ACP and the Panamanian government agreed to and did in fact delay the introduction of toll hikes until April 2020, three months after the implementation of the January low-sulfur oxide in marine fuel global regulation.

As the original proposal to hike tolls would have occurred at the same time as the entry into force of the global low-sulfur regulation, the JSA requested that “any toll modification should be with sufficient (say, 12 months) prior notification.” The JSA explained that, especially in Japan, “many annual contracts with shippers” are revised in April.

Source: American Shipper

Copa or gold? Panama’s hub of the Americas.

With a fleet of 89 operational aircraft – 68 Boeing 737-800s, 9 -700s and 12 E190s, together with grounded MAX-9s – each with a dedicated business class, Copa’s network is expansive: it serves 81 cities and 33 countries across the Americas. Paramaribo, Suriname, was the most recent to join its network.

Copa has eschewed wide-body aircraft and has instead remained steadfast in its use of low-capacity aircraft (average seating of around 145). And it has intentionally avoided service beyond the Americas, favouring code shares instead – both in and out of Star Alliance. Sensibly, Copa has remained focused on its core.

Its use of B737s and E190s enables it to right-size capacity with demand. Combined with typical connections of around 90 minutes, it generally offers multi-daily options to connect between its cities. This is suggested through the airline’s very well-coordinated omnidirectional waves at its hub, with this figure showing its arrivals and departures in the week of 9th September 2019.

Source: Anna Aero

Panama Ship Registry Modernizes Ship Registration.

The Panama Ship Registry has announced it will integrate in a single platform “Electronic Ship Registration System (ESRS)” the present systems used by Panama Maritime Authority’s General Directorate of Merchant Marine (Ship Registry) and General Directorate of Public Property registry of Ships (ownership titles and mortgage registration), to simplify the process of ship registration.

The new global system will include innovations adapted to the existing technology and improvements to the registration process.
“The integration in a single platform will facilitate the procedure for the user, which is our prime goal,” said Rafael Cigarruista, Director of Merchant Marine and head of the Panama Ship Registry.

The main features of the registration, such as certificate of ship registration, cancellations, mortgage registration, ships and radios licenses, property and encumbrances certificates and discounts, name reservation and general documents for the vessel, will continue to be available on the platform.

Source: Hellenic Shipping News

 

Traveling with Pets? Here’s how to bring them to Panama!

When you relocate to a different country, you want to make sure everyone in your family is happy. For many of us, “family” can also consist of a dog, cat, or small pet. That’s why, before you move, it’s important to know what the proper procedures are for bringing a pet into a foreign country. What steps do you need to take before the move?

Clean Bill of Health
Before you can even consider transporting a pet to another country, you need to make sure it’s got a clean bill of health. A veterinarian in your home country can do this, however, in the US, it needs to be done by a veterinarian who is accredited by the US Department of Agriculture. The veterinarian must then prepare an internationally valid health certificate, which states that your pet is free of parasites, and has the mandatory vaccinations (which includes rabies) it needs.

Source: POLS Blog

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