THE PANAMA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR SEAFARER WELFARE SERVICES

The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) and The Mission to Seafarers (MtS), signed an agreement in order to narrow relationships between both entities and to establish a supporting framework to encourage and promote the provision of seafarer welfare services.

This important Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the celebration of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Council in London, United Kingdom, by Jorge Barakat Pitty, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) and by Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers.

Both entities support the efforts performed by the IMO and the International Labour Organization regarding the wellbeing of the seafarers, acknowledging the determining and valuable role of the human element in the operation and safe navigations of the ships.

According to what is established on Rule 4.4 of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 and on Chapter IV of the Title V of the Executive Decree No. 86 of 2013, the party States have the responsibility to assure that the seafarers have access to installations and land services to protect their health and wellbeing.

Therefore, the signature of this Agreement searches to recognize the challenges faced by seafarers around the world, including the prejudicial effects on mental and physical health, due to the lack of adequate access to land permits or to the welfare services that they should receive, so both entities shall work together to promote assistance and support for the seafarers while visiting Panamanian ports.

The Mission to Seafarers is a global welfare organization, whose objectives and goals are to provide moral, physical and spiritual wellbeing to the seafarers and their families all over the world. It spans over two hundred (200) ports in fifty (50) countries, offering a series of services, including visits to the seafarers on board of the ships to offer them assistance, access to communication, transportation from the ship to the city and access to spiritual and welfare counseling and support services.