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Ocean Protection Services Ltd becomes approved by the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) and have been given clearance to provide our services onboard Panamanian flagged vessels from the 3rd October 2012. 





1. The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to officially communicate that on April 4th, 2012 waspublished in the Official Gazette, the Resolution No.106-13-DGMM, dated March 8th, 2012, whereby the Panama Maritime Authority establishes requirements for the Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) to meet, in order to become authorized by this Administration. This Resolution will enter into force on October 3rd, 2012. 


2. This Administration encourages all Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) to comply with the requirements listed on Resolution No.106-13-DGMM to be able to offer their services of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel onboard Panamanian flagged vessels.


3. The Applications from the Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) must be submitted to the Directorate General of Merchant Marine through a Legal Representative in Panama.


4. The Panama Maritime Authority shall not issue authorizations for vessels contracting services from companies which are not duly authorized by this Administration after October 3rd. In the meantime all authorizations to carry armed personnel will be issued following the guidelines listed in our MMC 228. These measures have the sole purpose of having a better control.


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