Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has authorised Turk Loydu to conduct survey and certification activities for Panama flagged ships. An authorisation ceremony, to mark the transfer of protocol, was signed at Istanbul on November 7.
According to the protocol, Turk Loydu will be able to issue classification certificates and conduct statutory surveys and certification services for Panama flagged ships.
AMP’s Merchant Marine Directorate General Manager, Fernando Solorzano, Consul General of Panama in Istanbul, Andres Nunez, Turk Loydu Foundation Chairman, Cem Melikoglu, and senior officials from both sides were present at the ceremony.
Solorzano said that AMP is keen to contribute to the cooperation between Turkey and Panama and they hope the authorisation of Turk Loydu will further increase this cooperation between the two maritime nations.
Melikoglu said that Turk Loydu is working very hard to achieve more success at the international level and the recognition by Panama confirmed that they are on the right track to become a global classification society.
He also thanked Panama Maritime Authority, Panama Consulate and Ministry of Transportation, Maritime and Communication, for their continuous support for the recognition of Turk Loydu.
The Panama registry manages over 8,000 registered vessels, which accounts for 18 per cent of the world fleet. The administration is committed to the safety of human life at sea, prevention of pollution of the marine environment and navigation security, Solorzano said.
Türk Loydu is a classification society and conformity assessment body, performing classification and statutory services, inspection, certification and notified body activities.
Sea News, November 15