This Circular announces that Panama has adopted the amended Code of Safety for Caribbean Cargo Ships (CCSS Code) through Resolution No. 106-60-DGMM of June 29, 2017.
The CCSS Code, established in 1996, sets a safety standard for vessels under 500 Gross Registered Tons in the Caribbean Trading Area.
The Code applies to cargo ships under 500 Gross tonnage in countries adopting the CCSS Code or part of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU).
Panamanian flag vessels under 500 Gross tonnage must hold the Caribbean Cargo Ship Safety Certificate by January 1, 2018, issued by a Recognized Organization authorized by Panama.
All Classification Societies and Recognized Organizations must incorporate amendments, and those without authorization must apply to the General Directorate of Merchant Marine.
Vessels holding the Caribbean Cargo Ship Safety Certificate are exempt from complying with certificates required by Resolution No. 106-138-DGMM of September 10, 2013.
This circular informs about Resolution MEPC.186(59) effective from January 1, 2011, amending MARPOL 73/78 Annex I with a new chapter 8.
Under regulation 41 of this chapter, oil tankers engaged in STS operations must carry an approved STS operations Plan from the first survey on or after January 1, 2011.
This Administration authorizes Recognized Organizations approved to issue MARPOL Annex I certificates for the Republic of Panama to review and approve STS operations Plans.
Recognized Organizations must verify STS operations Plans, ensuring compliance with best practice guidelines from IMO's "Manual on Oil Pollution, Section I, Prevention" and ICS/OCIMF's "Ship-to-ship Transfer Guide, Petroleum" (fourth edition, 2005).
Both merchant marine circulars were issued on 1 November 2023.