PERMANENT MISSION OF PANAMA TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION (IMO

The Permanent Mission of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a section of the General Directorate of Merchant Marine of the Panama Maritime Authority which serves as an interface between the Panama Maritime Administration and the IMO.

The International Maritime Organization is the United Nations specialized agency in charge of safeguarding the safety and security of international shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. At IMO, Panama contributes greatly to setting standards and actions on maritime safety, protection of the marine environment and technical cooperation.

The Republic of Panama became a member of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1979. Afterwards, with the entry into force in 2002 of the 1993 amendments to the Constitutive Agreement of the Organization, Panama was elected member of category A of the Council. Only 40 countries of the 174 members of the IMO are part of the Council, of which only 10 are in Category “A” with the greatest interests in the provision of international maritime services. This demonstrates the high level of commitment of Panama to the International Maritime Organization and the shipping sector.

The Panamanian Registry is one of the oldest registries in the world, occupying the first position as leader in the ship registry worldwide. It was established in 1917 and more than a century later, the Panama Maritime Authority, which oversees the Ship Registry, continues to be recognized as a responsible Administration, committed to its customers, offering services with high levels of quality and believing in continuous improvement.

Panama actively participates in the IMO in its Committees, Subcommittees and intersessional meetings through its representatives who are based in London, The United Kingdom.

The Permanent Mission of Panama to the IMO is composed of the following staff:

  • Luis Bernal

Permanent Representative / Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Panama to the IMO
Email: lbernal@panamauk.org
Tel: +44 (0) 2074092255 ext. 215
Fax: +44 (0) 207 493 4333

  • Anays Berrocal

Alternate Representative I of Panama to the IMO
Email: aberrocal@panamauk.org
Tel: +44 (0) 2074092255 ext. 211
Fax: +44 (0) 207 493 4333

  • Felix O. Sarlat

Alternate Representative II of Panama to the IMO
Email: fsarlat@panamauk.org
Tel: +44 (0) 2074092255 ext. 314
Fax: +44 (0) 207 493 4333

  • Rafael Lopez Solis

Technical Adviser of Panama to the IMO
Email: rlopez@panamauk.org
Tel: +44 (0) 2074092255
Fax: +44 (0) 207 493 4333

  • BA (Hons) Gabriela Ceron

Administrative Assistant
Email: imomission@panamauk.org
Tel: +44 (0) 2074092255 ext. 216
Fax: +44 (0) 207 493 4333

We are very grateful for the continuous contribution of the IMO to the Panama Ship Registry, and we look forward to keeping the excellent relationship between the Republic of Panama with the IMO along with all Member States, sharing the same goal and working hard for the maritime industry.