The Panama Maritime Authority's General Directorate of Merchant Marine Control and Compliance Department has recently released MMC-278, addressing the certification of Recruitment and Placement Agencies under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006, as amended).
This circular is directed at a wide range of stakeholders, including Parties, Administrations, Port State Supervisory Authorities, Ship-owners/Operators, Recognized Organizations (ROs), Company Security Officers, Seafarers, Legal Representatives, Authorized Maritime Training Centers, Authorized Physicians, Private Consulates of Merchant Marine, Inspectorates, Authorized Offices, Brokers, and users of the Panama Ship Registry.
The circular, dated September 2023, serves to clarify a crucial matter pertaining to the certification of Recruitment and Placement Agencies in line with Regulation 1.4 of the MLC, 2006, as amended.
It should be noted that this information is being disseminated in accordance with the MLC, 2006, as amended, Law No. 2 of January 6, 2009, Executive Decree No. 86 of February 22, 2013, and Executive Decree No. 160 of March 3, 2021.
Key Points from MMC-278 Circular
Certification of Recruitment and Placement Agencies: The primary objective of MMC-278 is to inform all users of the Panamanian Registry that, as of the date of this circular, the Panama Maritime Authority has not granted authorization to any Recognized Organization (RO) to issue certifications supporting the Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers on behalf of the Republic of Panama. This directive aligns with Regulation 1.4 of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006, as amended).
Scope: MMC-278 applies to all Recognized Organizations that have been duly authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority. This means that ROs must adhere to the provisions outlined in this circular concerning the certification of Recruitment and Placement Agencies.
Background: The circular underscores the importance of complying with the regulations set forth by the Panama Maritime Authority regarding the MLC, 2006, as amended. It is essential for all stakeholders involved in seafarer recruitment and placement to familiarize themselves with these regulations and adhere to them diligently.
This communication from the Panama Maritime Authority serves as a critical reminder to the maritime industry and all associated parties regarding the certification of Recruitment and Placement Agencies under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended.
The Authority emphasizes the importance of following these guidelines to ensure the welfare and rights of seafarers and the integrity of the Panamanian Registry.
For further information and guidance on this matter, concerned parties are encouraged to reach out to the Panama Maritime Authority and consult the relevant legal documents and regulations.