2nd – 6th October 2017, Panama City.
Last week, Panama celebrated the first centenary of the country’s ship registry, the largest in the world. The week began with the Maritime Day Parallel event, and keynote speakers discussing the history and future of flag states within the maritime industry, the role of port states and challenges for seafarers.
As the first ever Panama approved maritime security company, it was a privilege to be invited to speak to the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) on such a momentous occasion. Our Operations Manager, Jack Keays seized the opportunity to establish a couple of firsts of his own; a first visit to Panama, and first time delivering a seminar to a leading government institution like the AMP. The agenda was settled to discuss Somali-based piracy, and the ongoing response from both the private and public sector as part of a two-day certificated course.
Preparation paid off, and the two days (4th and 5th October) were a huge success. The course was fully attended with representatives from numerous branches of the AMP, including the Registry, Security, and Safety Departments. Key subject topics included the structural causes of Somali piracy, international and regional responses, and the role of the flag state and private companies; we were even able to include some trauma medical training.
In all, it was a very special trip at an historic time for the Panama maritime community. We are already in discussions to host a further Africa/Security seminar in two years’ time. Here’s to another 100 years of the Panama flag registry!