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Panama Maritime VIII Conference and Exhibition

Senior representatives from the Panama maritime cluster joined more than 600 delegates at the Panama Maritime VIII Conference and Exhibition, held 4-7 February 2007 in Panama City (


In his keynote speech before the assembled dignitaries, including the First Vice President of the Republic Samuel Lewis Navarro, IMO Secretary General Thimio Mitropoulos reflected the widely held views of much of the international shipping community when he praised Panama for its "progress over the last two years to live up to its role as the world’s most important flag state", which, he said, "had become a force to be reckoned with in the maritime world".


The Conference delegates were also informed that Panama has just submitted to the IMO its application for a voluntary flag state audit and is establishing a compliance unit which, inter alia, would work on the prompt ratification of international conventions stemming from the IMO and the International Labour Organization (ILO). This latter news was welcomed by many of the subsequent speakers from international organisations, including ILO Director, International Labour Standards Department, Dr Cleo Doumbia-Henry, IMO Council Chairman Johan Fanson, and INTERTANKO Managing Director Dr Peter Swift.


In the session on the "World Fleet", Swift addressed the response of the tanker industry to recent MARPOL revisions, principally changes in Annex I (phase-out) and Annex II (pollution category/ship type changes), as well as further changes in the pipeline – Annexes II and VI. A copy of his presentation "Tanker Owners Adapting to New Rules and Regulations" may be seen under 'INTERTANKO Presentations' on INTERTANKO’s web site and may be viewed here.


Contact: Peter Swift