FAQ – SEAFARERS

In order to get the requirements as well as the fees and the contact information, please refer to the section Steps for Certification within the home menu of Seafarers (click here)

Is the Resolution ADM No. 158-2018 of September 10th, 2018. By which has been approved the regulation for the maritime training centers domiciled in the Republic of Panama or abroad and their respectives branches if any; that carry out the training of the seafarers on behalf of the Panama Maritime Authority.

Please refer to the section Maritime Training within the home menu Seafarers, you will find the lists of the training centers (panamanian and foreign) (click here)

In order to get advice in this subject matter, you can contact the Department of Maritime Labor Affairs of the General Directorate of Seafarers which carry out labor conciliations, as an alternative for the resolution of conflicts where a party considers that its rights have been unknown or a labor dispute exists. With this, the filing of labor claims before the courts is avoided. The contact information can be found in the Merchant Marine Circular No.263

The employment status can be for a definite or an indefinite time, and the corresponding information about it is in your working contract or seafarer's employment agreement, as it is designated in the maritime labor legislation. In addition to the aforementioned, you must also know the reason why the employment relationship ends, which may be attributable to the worker or shipowner, configuring what is known as justified or unjustified dismissal; or justified or unjustified resignation.

Depending on the type of work relationship and the cause of termination of the employment relationship, the Department of Maritime Labor Affairs of the General Directorate of Seafarers can indicate you the labour rights (acquired rights and labor benefits) that correspond, as established by the Panamanian Maritime Labor Law.