Technical Circular No: 032/2021

Subject: Panama MMC-393 Reg. Australian Port - Pre-Arrival Check list for Panama flagged vessels.

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1. Panama Maritime Administration vide MMC-393 has implemented additional assessment requirements to decrease the detention numbers of Panama flagged vessels calling in Australian ports that may be subject to Port State Control (PSC) inspections.

2. For this, the Administration has enforced the implementation of the Pre-arrival Checklist to assist Ship-Owners, operators, technical managers, Designated Persons Ashore (DPA) and the vessel Master’s to find weak items that can result as a ground for detention through PSC inspections by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

3. The checklist is to be sent ninety-six hours (96hrs) before the vessel arrives to any Australian port, to the email address: For voyages of less than ninety-six hours (96hrs), the checklist must be sent at least twenty-four hours (24hrs) before arrival at port.

4. The use of the checklist is compulsory for all the Panamanian vessels prior to arrivals to any Australian port, and is to be signed by the vessel Master and company Designated Persons Ashore (DPA). The failure to comply or omission of this documental requirement may lead to administrative sanctions for the vessel Master, and/or Chief Engineer that may result on suspension and/or revocation of licenses, endorsements and/or certificates. Vessel Company may be sanction in equal proportion.

5. If an extraordinariness issues, such as equipment failures or any others situations that cannot be resolve on board of the vessel immediately; Ship-Owners, operators, technical managers, DPA or vessel´s Master, is to immediately coordinate the effective corrective actions, together with the vessel Recognized Organization (R.O,) and Segumar Offices. PSC Authority is to be informed at the same time.

6. Ship owners/ operators and masters of Panama flagged ships are advised to be guided by above.



This Technical Circular and the material contained in it is provided only for the purpose of supplying current information to the reader and not as an advice to be relied upon by any person. While we have taken utmost care to be as factual as possible, readers/ users are advised to verify the exact text and content of the Regulation from the original source/ issuing Authority. 

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