Panama promises to remove more substandard ships from the world’s largest register Ship’s crew

PANAMA CITY, June 27 (Reuters) – The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) said on Tuesday it would continue cleaning up its fleet to prevent substandard Panama-flagged ships from being detained in foreign ports, a week later after the country was included in the International Watch List.

Panama’s shipping register was last week placed on the “grey list” of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), an agreement between 27 countries to establish an international inspection system for foreign ships in ports of other countries with the aim of controlling ship safety and the environment standards.

The gray list includes fleets with acceptable levels of compliance but low detention rates.

Panama has removed 216 ships from its shipping register, the world’s largest, since 2021 for failing to meet international standards.

In a statement, AMP said Panama’s registry, which includes some 8,500 vessels, had been inspected at least 45,000 times, resulting in “an overall fleet compliance of 96.17% and a retention rate of 3.83%”.

Panama’s addition to the watch list could be due to an aging fleet, the AMP said, noting that of the 374 arrests reported over the past three years, 104 were vessels older than 30 years and 35 vessels older than 40 years were .

(Reporting by Elida Moreno; Text by Sarah Morland; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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