AMP’s appeal to Panamanian sailors ends successfully

With the help of approximately 300 applicants, including officers, cadets and seafarers, the call for Panamanian sailors interested in boarding ended successfully, organized by the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP ), through the Directorate General of Seafarers (DGGM), in a joint effort with the main international shipping company in the field of general cargo in Colombia, the shipping company NAVESCO, SA

This call, according to what was indicated by the shipping company according to its requirements, was mainly addressed to First Officers (Deck and Engine), Chief Engineer, AB, Fitter, Cook, having previous experience, however of other positions present at the time of the appointment, were also interviewed.

The administrator of the Maritime Authority of Panama, Noriel Arauz, and the deputy administrator of the AMP, in charge, Elvia Bustavino, welcomed the participants, who went from the first hours to the premises of the General Directorate of seafarers, in the PanCanal Plaza building, Albrook.

The Director of the DGGM, Captain Juan Maltez, indicated that he was very pleased with the large turnout, as it is a sign of the interest of Panamanian sailors to embark and perform duties on board, which will have a positive impact on their families. and it will stimulate the national economy by attracting new foreign currency; in turn, this brings us closer to the objective set in this administration, that of creating mechanisms to facilitate the hiring of Panamanian sailors who must work on board ships, in this case general and bulk cargo.

The director general of the shipping company NAVESCO, Guillermo Solano, accompanied by the director of the operations department, Norman Jimenez Espinel, were in charge of interviewing the personnel for the expeditions.

Source: Panama Maritime Authority

Director Solano said his visit reinforces the bond created with the AMP, through an agreement reached in March 2020 and that he is satisfied with the professionalism and competence shown by the Panamanian sailors hired on board. their ships, being at this day about forty of them. , sailing in their fleet, a figure they want to increase, which is why they asked for this call.

The President of the Panamanian Association of Naval Officers (APOM), Captain Alberto Herrera, and the Attorney of the Association, Captain Aurelio Dutari, were also present, as well as the Secretary General and the National Director of Employment of the Ministry of Labor and Labor. development (MITRADEL), Winston Ivan Sanchez Aparicio and Alfredo Mitre, respectively, who supported the work and reiterated the message to Panamanian sailors, that in addition to technical knowledge, there is an urgent need to strengthen English language proficiency as as the official language of the maritime industry for safety, business and labor purposes.

The visit of the senior management of the shipping company NAVESCO in Panama, includes a visit to the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) and the University of Columbus, in order to interact with the teaching staff and cadets, to learn find out more about the directors, students, teaching staff, as well as the training provided in these institutions of higher education.
NAVESCO is an international company founded in 1980, dedicated to international shipping and cabotage of solid bulk such as cement, lime, salt, fertilizers, coal, sugar and general cargo such as steel and pipes.

Its activity is carried out mainly on the American continent, in particular in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, both on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the area of ​​​​operations includes ports in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil , Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States, for which it uses two (2) vessel sizes: 8,000 DWT and 14,000 DWT, it has twelve (12) vessels, nine (9) of which are owned and the others chartered long-term by English, Dutch and German shipowners.
Source: Panama Maritime Authority

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