Issuance of Panama national licenses(COC)
Issuance of Panama national licenses(COC)
ASSESMENT/ ISSUE OF PANAMA TITLE ( COC)

Effective  from the January 27th, 2011, Directorate General of Seafarers of  Panama Maritime  Authority, has announced that Panamanian Title  Endorsement  may only be issued to a seafarers by submitting a valid Certificate of  Competence (COC) from  the  same  country of  the  seafarer’s  nationality. Seafarers  that submit a COC different from a country of which they are not nationals must approve the Assessment process (evaluation of the  competence) in order to obtain a Panamanian COC.

En exception is made by the non-nationalities of the following countries: USA, Canada Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, EU countries,  India, UAE, Russia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New  Zealand, Ukraine (in case of Russians), Singapore, Hong Kong.

Officers that present a COC from a country that is not their nationality and that does not  appear in the above listed countries have to pass  assessment process, in order to obtain Panamanian Title. 

In order to commence with the assessment process and to evaluate the competence of the officers the following documents must be submitted

·         Copy of Certificates of Competency, Seaman National License

·         Copy of valid passport

·         Copy of Sea Service records

·         Copy of available STCW 78/95/2010 Certificates

·         High resolution ID digital colors photos 3x3 cm.

·         Medical Certificate valid. Not older than 24 months

·         Copy of Payment to PMA. (Bank details will be sent when required).

 
After evaluation of presented documents, process of assessment completed, confirmation from the administration of issuance and payment of relevant fees, certificate of competency (COC) and seaman’s book together with corresponding certificates for officers under the STCW Convention 1995/2010 will be issued.

Note: Please send all documentation by email to: office@pmacertification.com

Digital format for documentation pdf. (Only jpg the ID photo).

 
UPGRADE CERTIFICATION

Certificate of Competency together with other supporting documents, showing evidence of experiences (from 12 to 36 months) shall be submitted for revision, final verification and approval by the Administration. 

Approval will take up to one week and all process should be completed between 6-8 weeks.


Upgrades of rank:

1. From Deck and Engine ratings to OOWN / OOWE

2. From OOWN to Second Deck Officer and Chief Mate

3. From Chief Mate to Master

4. From OOWE to Second Engineer

5. From Second Engineer to First Engineer and Chief Engineer


Master and Chief Engineer
STCW Regulation


II/2 – Mandatory minimum requirements for certification of masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more

Master and chief mate on ships of 3,000 gross tonnage or more

1. Every master and chief mate on a seagoing ship of 3,000 gross tonnage or more shall hold an appropriate certificate.

2. Every candidate for certification shall:

.1. meet the requirements for certification as an officer in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more and have approved seagoing service in that capacity:

.1.1. for certification as chief mate, not less than 12 months, and

.1.2. for certification as master, not less than 36 months; however, this period may be reduced to not less than 24 months if not less than 12 months of such seagoing service has been served as chief mate; and

3. have completed approved training and meet the standard of competence specified in section A-II/2 of the STCW Code for masters and chief mates on ships of between 500 and 3,000 gross tonnage.


III/2
– Mandatory minimum requirements for certification of chief engineer officers and second engineer officers on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of 3,000 kW propulsion power or more

Chief Engineers and  Second Engineer officers on ships of 3,000 KW or more

 1. meet the requirements for certification as an officer in charge of an engineering watch and:

.1.1. for certification as second engineer officer, shall have not less than 12 months’ approved seagoing service as assistant engineer officer or engineer officer, and

.1.2. for certification as chief engineer officer, shall have not less than 36 months’ approved seagoing service of which not less than 12 months shall have been served as an engineer officer in a position of responsibility while qualified to serve as second engineer officer; and

.2. have completed approved education and training and meet the standard of competence specified in section A-III/2 of the STCW Code.

 
For more detailed information and aplicable fees please contact our office.