Regulations

Legal Instrument

Date of Legal Instrument

By means of which:

No. of the Official Gazette

Day of the Official Gazette

Law No. 39

8-Jul-76

The Inspection Service for the Exterior Service Ship under Panamanian flag. 

18127

12-Jul-76

Law No. 56

12-Dec-79

The articles 1057-A to 1057-F of the Fiscal Code are modified and dictates measures on the navigation tax on jurisdictional waters. 

18978

12-Dec-79

Law No. 2

17-Jan-80

The Consular and Ships Directorate is created and dictates other dispositions. 

19008

12-Feb-80

Law No. 4

24-Feb-83

Establishes a tax regime applicable to the exterior service ships, registered in the National Merchant Marine and derogates some dispositions. 

19760

28-Feb-83

Law No. 19

3-Aug-92

Modifies articles of Law 4, 1983, that regulates the fee to be paid for ship registry and derogates the War Decrees issued by the Provincial/Provisional Government in charge from September 1st, to December 20th, 1989.  

22094

6-Aug-92

Law No. 38

4-Jun-95

Article 3 of Law 2 of 1980 and article 1053 of the Tax Code are modified, and which dictates other dispositions.  

23056

12-Jun-96

Law No. 57

6-Aug-08

General Law of Merchant Marine 

25100

7-Aug-08

Law No. 55

6-Aug-08

“General Law of Maritime Commerce”

26100

7-Aug-08

Cabinet Decree No. 45

14-Feb-69

Various articles of the Tax Code, of Law 8, 1925 of the Commerce Code are modified and the effects of Law 60 of December 14th, 1965, the Law Decree 5 of April 11th, 1957, the Law Decree 8 of May 8th, 1958 and Law No. 38 of January 30th, 1963 are partially suspended.  

16310

3-Mar-69

Law Decree No. 18

30-May-84

The regulation for recreational ships registered in the National Merchant Marine of the Republic of Panama, is approved.  

20163

16-Oct-84

Law Decree No. 7

10-Feb-98

The Panama Maritime Authority is created.

23484

17-Feb-98

Law Decree No. 8

26-Feb-98

The Sea and Navigation Ways Labor is regulated and other dispositions are dictated.  

23 490-A

28-Feb-98

Law Decree No. 86

22-Feb-13

Regulates the Convention on Maritime Labour of 2006.

27 234-A

27-Feb-13

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 055-2012

14-Dec-12

Modifies the Resolution J.D. J.D. No. 015-2009 of April 16th, 2009, which  establishes the cost of the insurance certificate or other financial guarantee related to civil responsibility arose from damages due to the contamination due to hydrocarbons for ship fuel, according to Law No. 7 of January 14th, 2009. 

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Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 019-2005

24-Nov-05

New regulation on Recognized Organizations to make inspections and issue statutory certificates to the ships of National Merchant Marine on behalf of the Republic of Panama. 

25455

30-Dec-05

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 038-2014

12-Nov-14

Approves the cost of the recognitions, authorization, annuities, documentation services and the General Directorate of Merchant Marine and any other representation authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority.

27678

11-Dec-14

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 039-2014

12-Nov-14

Ordains the execution of an Audit Plan to all the Auxiliary Entities, Recognized Organizations, Classifier Society and Recognzed Protection Organizations approved by the Republic of Panama to determine the administration, competence, means, the sufficient capacity and service quality, which shall start since 2015 under the parameters of the Resolution MSC.349(92) addopted on June 21st, 2013, Resolution No.106-11-DGMM of March 16th, 2009, Resolution No. 106-47-DGMM of June 26th, 2014 and others.

27679

12-Dec-14

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 020-2015

26-Feb-15

Approves the cost of the recognitions, certifications, annuities, additional documentation or technical services offered or issued by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine and any other representation authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority. 

27760

15-Apr-15

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 067-2015

14-Oct-15

Stablishes the charges for expiration as a penalty of the International Service Navigation Patents issued by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine to the ships registered under Panamanian flag.

27902

2-Nov-15

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 067-2016

19-Dec-16

Approves the regulations of fines and penalties for the ships abandoned in the Republic of Panama and the rates to remove them, their equipment and freight.   

28232

8-Mar-17

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 051-2016

21-Sep-16

Approves the procedure to follow the cases of requests of declaration of shipwrecked species and/or total or partial removal of the abandoned ships, its equipment and freight that may risk the navigation and marine environment in national and/or international waters.

28142-A

19-Oct-16

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 038 -2014

12-Nov-14

Modified by Resolution J.D. 002-2015 of January 27th, 2015.

27678

11-Dec-14

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 002-2015

21-Jan-15

Adds a paragraph to Resolution J.D. 038-2014 of November 12th, 2014.

27729

27-Feb-15

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 020-2015

26-Feb-15

Modified by the Resolution J.D.024-17 of July 27th, 2017.

27760

15-Apr-15

Resolution of the Boad of Directors No. 050-2015

30-Jul-15

Approves the cost of the certifications, documentation and tehcnical additional serivices, granted or issued by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine of the Panama Maritime Authority.

27853

25-Aug-15

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 068-2015

14-Oct-15

The creation of the special registry meant for ships operating out of the limits of the international ports, with less than 100 tons of gross registry and under 24 meters of length and willing to register in the national merchant marine.

27902

2-Nov-15

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 069-2015

14-Oct-15

Based on article 149 of Law No.57 of August 6th, 2008 establishes an special discount of up to a fifty percent (50%) for a three (3) year term, in favour of registered ships and to be registered in the national merchant marine, so long as they evidence programs of social corporative responsibility focused in allowing the decrease of contamination in the atmosphere or in the ocean.

27902

2-Nov-15

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 070-2015

14-Oct-15

Based on numeral 7 of article 18 of the Law Decree No. 7 from February 10th, 1998, the inspectorates of Merchant Marine in the ports nationwide, are listed. 

27902

2-Nov-15

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 071-2015

14-Oct-15

The General Director of Merchant Marine is authorized to promote economic incentives to attract ships pertaining or that have pertained in the last five (5) years to the merchant fleet of the Hellenic Republic, to register in the merchant marine of the Republic of Panama. 

27911-B

19-Nov-15

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 017-2016

4-Apr-16

Authorizes the General Director of Merchant Marine to grant a dispensation of up until one hundred percent (100%) to all those ships from Iran or owned by legal persons controlled by nationals from Iran or linked to said country, on the rates and rights that such ships should pay so such ships that get registered in the Merchant Registry. 

28031-B

16-May-16

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 052-2016

21-Sep-16

The creation of the Special Registry addressed to ships operating out of the limits of the international ports, under 100 tons of gross registry and under 24 of lenght willing to register in the National Merchant Marine, is approved. 

28142-A

19-Oct-16

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 053-2016

21-Sep-16

Approves the cost of authorizations and annuities of the multiple accreditation  system for private security companies. 

28142-A

19-Oct-16

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 066-2016

19-Dec-16

Fixes the value of two hundred and fifty balboas with 00/100 (B/.250.00) due to evaluation, approval or rejection of the amendments or modification of protection plans for the Panamanian flag ships performed by the Department of Ship Maritime Protection of the General Directorate of Merchant Marine. 

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Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 001-2017

26-Jan-17

Ordains that all the boats with outboard motors up until 14 meters of lenght navigating on jurisdictional waters, hold a navigation licence for the boats with outboard motors. 

28233-A

9-Mar-17

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 002-2017

26-Jan-17

Approves the cost of the certifications, technical and documentation services offferedn and/or issued by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine of the Panama Maritime Authority  and any other representation authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority related with the  International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.

28233-A

9-Mar-17

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 013-2017

8-Mar-17

Establishes the rights to be paid for the issuance of the License Certificatefor the use of electronic formats of the Crew Role, the Hydrocarbon and Emissions Registry Book, the Official Ship Logbook and the Registry Book of Ballast waters and the evaluation and recognition of Manufacture and/or Supplier Companies of Electronic Books.  

28251

4-Apr-17

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 023-2017

15-Jul-17

Approves the creation of a Special Registry for Ships registered inthe National Merchant Marine or coming from a foreign registration and that have retired from the commercial maritime exploitation, which is denominated as Special and Lay Up Registry (Inactive)”.

28358-A

5-Sep-17

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. 024-2017

27-Jul-17

Modifies numeral 7 and numeral 9 of the First Article of th Resolution J.D. 020-2015 of February 26th, 2015. 

28358-A

5-Sep-17

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-AC-01-DGMM

12-Feb-07

Regulations for entities in charge of the accounting of the services of maritime mobile telecommunications to the Ships of the Panamanian Registry.

25755

22-Mar-07

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-48-DGMM

30-Nov-08

Adopts a regulation to grant discounts.

26238

11-Mar-09

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-PSA-01-DGMM

26-Dec-07

Regulations for the authorization of the companies wishing to lend the service (PSA) of INMARSAT, to Mobile Satellite  Stations (MES)  on board of ships of Panamanian Registry.

26031

2-May-08

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-11-DGMM

16-Mar-09

Regulation of the Protection Organizations Recognized to perform evaluations, plans approvals, control audits and issuance of provisional certificates to the National Merchant Marine Ships in the name of the Republic of Panama.

26351

21-Aug-09

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-38-DGMM

20-Jun-11

Regulations of Marriages on board of ships of Panamanian Flag.

26832

20-Jul-11

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-13-DGMM

8-Mar-12

Ordains to ISSUE a REGULATION regulating the private safety companies, granted by the service of voluntary service of armed personnel on board of the ships of Panamanian flag. 

27 008-A

4-Apr-12

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-14-DGMM

9-Mar-12

Establishes the requirements and procedures for the issuance of the CONTINUOUS SYNOPTIC REGISTRY  (CSR)

27009

9-Mar-12

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-59-DGMM

11-Jul-12

Establishes the requirements and procedures of the issuance of the INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE FOR   SHIP PROTECTION  (CIPB or ISSC), by the General Directorate of Merchant Marine.

27094

7-Aug-12

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-137-DGMM

10-Sep-13

Establishes the periodical recognitions to the ships on jurisdictional waters of the Republic of Panama, to determine ir they comply with the safety regulations in order to prevent environmental contamination and protection of human life.

27377-A

19-Sep-13

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-138-DGMM

10-Sep-13

Regulation that guarantees that all the cargo ships of the Republic of Panama with less than 500 tons of gross registry and with patent of international service are constructed, equiped, maintained, operated and inspected so the highest levels of life safety and of sea property.

27377-A

19-Sep-13

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-85-DGMM

17-diciembre-2014

Regulation for the national and international private safety companies willing to be approved by the General Directorate of the Panama Maritime Authority to grant the use of armed or unarmed safety personnel on board of the ships with Panamanian flag, so long as they comply with the requirements established by Resolution No. 106-13-DGMM of March 8th, 2012.

27687

24-Dec-14

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-86DGMM

18-Dec-14

Modifies Article 1 of Resolution No. 106-48 DGMM of 12/30/08 Regulations to grant discounts. .

27689-B

29-Dec-14

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-74-DGMM

15-septiembre-2016

Establishes a system of Multiple Accreditation for private security companies (understanding them as private maritime protection companies, established in  Resolution MSC.1/Circ.1405/Rev.2 of May 25th, 2012 of the International Maritime Organization (“IMO”)   willing to be authorized as subsidiaries or companies subjected to administrative control that are part of the economic groups to grant the service of voluntary use of armed or unarmed personnel on board of ships of Panamanian flag, in transit exclusively through high risk zones for pirate attacks and armed robbery.  

28131

4-Oct-16

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-53-DGMM

14-junio-2017

Approves a new regulation for inspections to guarantee the safety of the people and the cargo on board of the ships of ro-ro passenger ships and/or ships carrying twelve or more passengers (passenger ship), with international service navigation patent, with Panamanian flag and  operating exclusively on jurisdictional waters of the Republic of Panama, in order to give an adequate compliance to the safety rules to safeguard human life at the sea, to prevent the environmental contamination and other obligations requested by the national legislation. 

28307

23-Jun-17

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-109-DGMM

17-octubre-2017

Adopts technical, registration and management provisional measures, in order to improve the performance of the Panamanian Merchant Marine and decrease the number of detention by the Coast Guard of the United States of America (USCG) or the Competent Authorities of the Member States of the Memorandum of Understanding of Paris (Paris MOU).

28413

24-Nov-17

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-124-DGMM

27-Nov-17

Regulates the use of the “Global Software Platform of Maritime Inspection and Safety” so this General Directorate of Merchant Marine, manages, controls and administers the Annual Safety Inspections (ASI) executed to the national registry ships.

28416

30-Nov-17

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-112 DGMM

26-Oct-17

Modifified article 20 of Resolution No. 106-53 DGMM of June 14th, 2017.

28402

8-Nov-17

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-50-DGMM

18-Jun-18

Creates the regulation of special lay up registry (inactive) for ships registered in the National Merchant Marine or willing to, and coming from a foreign registry and that have been retired from exploitation, due to the world financial crisis.

28554-A

25-Jun-18

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-82-DGMM

12-septiembre-2018

Adopts the dispositions established in the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code edition of January of 2019, parts A and B that have been developed altogether by United Kingdom, its overseas territories and dependencies of the Crown and representatives of the international industry with the exception of those contrary to the regulations applicable in the Republic of Panama.

28616-B

20-Sep-18

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-90-DGMM

28-Sep-18

Regulates Piracy cases.

28631

11-Oct-18

Resolution of the Merchant Marine No. 106-51-DGMM

25-Jun-18

Modifies Resolution No. 106-109-DGMM of October 17th, 2018.

28558 A

20-Jun-18

Administrative Resolution No. 016-09

9-Feb-09

Varies the percentages of the discounts indicated on numerals 1 to 6 of article 149 of Law 57 of August 6th, 2008, General Law of Merchant Marine. 

26253

1-Apr-09

Administrative Resolution No.-138-2017

16-Aug-17

Regulates the International Convention to Control and Manage Ballast Water and the Sediments of the Ships, 2004.

28358-A

5-Sep-17

Executive Decree No. 18

30-5-1984

Approves the regulations for recreational ships registered in the National Merchant Marine of the Republic of Panama.

20163

16-Oct-84