Paris MOU Pre-Ports Arrival Checklist for Panamanian Flag Vessels

Notice to: Ship Owners / Managers/ Operators / DPAs / Masters

C23039 | 02 August 2023

This circular is issued to advise that Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) has issued a circular No. MMC-398, Paris MOU Pre-Ports Arrival Checklist for Panama Flag Vessels,  in order to implement additional assessment requirements to decrease the detention numbers of vessels calling Paris MOU ports.

For this reason, a checklist has been developed (as appended to this Circular), to assist Ship-Owners, operators, technical managers, Designated Persons Ashore (DPA) and vessel Masters to find weak items that can result in grounds for detention through Port State Control Inspections by Paris MOU.

The checklist must be sent ninety-six hours (96 hrs) before the vessel arrives at Paris MOU ports, to the following email address: For voyages that last less that 96 hours (96 hrs), the checklist must be sent at least twenty-four hours (24hrs) before arrival at the port.

The use of this checklist is compulsory for all Panamanian vessels prior to arrivals at Paris MOU ports, and shall be signed by the vessel Master and/or company Designated Person Ashore (DPA). The omission of this requirement may lead to administrative sanctions to the vessel Master, and/or Chief Engineer and/or to the vessel company as well.

In extraordinary cases, such as equipment failures or any other situations that cannot be resolved on board the vessel immediately, Ship-Owners, operators, technical managers, DPA or vessel’s Master, shall immediately coordinate the effective corrective actions, together with the vessel Recognized Organization (R.O.) and Segumar Offices. At the same time, PSC Authority shall be informed as requested by regulation 11 “Maintenance of conditions after survey”, SOLAS Chapter I.

Act now

Ship Owners, managers, operators, DPAs and vessel Masters should note the contents of this PMA circular and be guided accordingly.

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