Maritime sector faces major challenges


PAN01-CIUDAD DE PANAMA (PANAMA)25/02/05.- La Organización Marítima Internacional (OMI) recomendó a Panamá mantener un balance en las medidas de seguridad sobre el Canal, para evitar posibles actos terroristas y, de la misma manera, no entorpecer el comercio mundial por esta vía.La ampliación del Canal fue considerada por el secretario general de la Organización Marítima Internacional (OMI), Efthimios Mitropoulos, como la decisión "más importante en el siglo XXI" que debe tomar el país centroamericano.EFE/Pablo Añeli.

“We still work ahead if we want to be a real regional logistics platform and in addition, the sector should be seen as a matter of state,” said the president of the Maritime Chamber of Panama, Vikash Deepak.

He stressed that Panama has specialized ports, logistics services and a thriving auxiliary maritime industry, which must be complemented by policies to modernize public services demanded by global trade, in order to seize these new opportunities on a competitive basis.

“We must not forget that other countries are also preparing to participate in the new opportunities that will be presented to the extension,” he said.

He said there are many challenges as an industry and as a country, must be addressed by the expectations generated around the Canal expansion.

“Countries like Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico are already investing in maritime and land infrastructure to meet the ships and cargo move through Panama.

“Other partners in the region point to modern logistics corridors to have systems of internal, adjacent to industrial zones connection that provide added value, and even Caribbean countries are aspiring to become the ‘hub’ logistics of the region,” he said.

He said they have already identified areas that should be improved to streamline the logistics maritime-structure of the country.


2 million 878 000 containers have been mobilized through May by the Port System.
2016 years that commercially will open the Canal expansion.
2.8% has increased the movement of containers over the same previous period.


Ernesto Chong de León, Ernesto Emilio Chong Coronado