Panama Maritime Authority
Regional Documentation Office of Seafarers Department – Seoul, Korea.
Panama Maritime Authority was created to unify various maritime competencies of the public administration, through Decree Law No.
7 of February 10, 1998, which is in charge of administrate, promote, regulate, design and execute policies, legal norms and regulations,
plans and programs that are directly, indirectly or convexly related to the operation and development of the Maritime Sector and
to ensure the faithful compliance with International Standards.
The General Directorate of Seafarers is responsible to enforce existing International and National Standards and for monitoring the Standards
of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers and working conditions of seafarers who provide services on board of the
Panamanian flag ship.
Regional Documentation Office:
Is responsible for evaluating the Documentation submitted by seafarers to issue a seaman book, Certificates of Competency and Endorsement Certificate for Panamanians and foreigners.
Seafarers who hold a Transitory Certificate (CT) issued by the Directorate General of Seafarers through the private Consulates of Merchant Marine and Seafarers Department may work on board of Panamanian flag ships for a maximum period of (3) months (ninety days)
as proof that they have requested the recognition of their own home country license.