Welcome by the Chairman

Organising Committee

Captain Orlando Allard

Welcome to Panama and welcome to Panama Maritime XIV World Conference and Exhibition. This year, we have several milestones to celebrate, including the 500 year anniversary of Panama City; the full and successful operation of the expanded Panama Canal; application of new measures to make the Panama Flag Registry more efficient and more competitive; show-and-tell presentations on the full integration of technology in the logistics, port and shipping industries.

Panama Maritime XIV World Conference & Exhibition will be held from 17 to 20 March 2019 at the Megapolis Convention Centre in Panama City. The main theme of the conference is "Taking advantage of evolving industry trends: A greener, digital & autonomous maritime industry."

As has been the case for the last twenty-eight years, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will open the conference & exhibition and will address the audience on pressing issues at IMO, including new MARPOL regulations to increase ship efficiency and to protect the environment. The Canal Administrator will provide an update on how the expanded Canal is doing in terms of revenues and tonnage share of the market as well as how the Canal contributes to the consolidation of Panama as a regional logistics hub. The Administrator of the Maritime Authority will give us his vision of the Registry´s next 100 years, as well as port and maritime ancillary services infrastructure development, particularly the new cruise ship terminal.

The Conference presenters will give us an expert look at the maritime industry´s evolving trends: The maritime, port and logistics industries continue to evolve in response to economic, political, demographic, and, especially technological trends. Panama Maritime will help understand these trends and how they help improve customer satisfaction, as well as operational efficiency and quality.

Panama Maritime 2019 World Conference & Exhibition will provide a front seat lookout of what is happening now --and how evolving trends will transform the industry in the coming decade –including the impact of carrier consolidation and alliances; why are under-scrapping and overcapacity still major rate stability triggers; new energy efficient sources and technological innovation´s break into port and multimodal services operations --and when should we expect the autonomous vehicle revolution to arrive.

Other players in the maritime industry will talk about relevant issues, including the future of LNG as viable energy source for shipping –and solar and wind power as possible alternatives for propulsion systems.

At Panama Maritime 2019 World Conference & Exhibition, you will be able to participate in discussions with major regional logistics service providers regarding how to add value to the Canal route –and what ports and shipping lines must do to contribute making Panama an efficient regional hub for value-added services and re-distribution of goods. We will continue analysing and proposing new ways to augment the impact of the expanded Canal on the socio-economic development of Central America and the Caribbean Region. Bunkering will again be on the Agenda, since today, more than ever, quality of products and services are critical issues for transiting ships.

Additionally –the issues of ship and cargo insurance will be discussed, as well as the subject of maritime mortgages and local bank participation in the shipping business, as introduced by new legislation in Panama. Technical topics of great relevance to the industry will also be discussed, including new MARPOL regulations and challenges facing implementation of the Ballast Water Convention.

To make the best possible programme for this conference, the Organising Committee has again invited leading figures from the maritime, port and international logistics industry, to form an Advisory Board to provide the Committee with guidance regarding issues that we must include in the programme and personalities that we could invite as speakers. Surely, their views and recommendations will greatly increase the relevance and importance of the topics discussed at the conference, whilst we attract more and better international speakers, delegates and exhibitors, as well.

The exhibition accompanying the conference will attract participation of at least 110 companies that will promote their services and products, as well as providing excellent opportunities for "networking" and business representation in Panama and in the region. The conference also includes technical tours to ports in the Pacific and Atlantic terminals, the expansion Canal, the Colon Free Zone and the Panama Pacific Economic Area in Howard.


The Event

Panama Maritime XIV World Conference & Exhibition will be held from 17 to 20 March 2019 at the Megapolis Convention Centre in Panama City, Panama. The Conference has been held every two years since twenty-eight years ago! –as a visionary project of the Maritime Law Association of Panama and the Maritime Chamber of Panama.

Since 1991, the Conference has grown into a world-class international full-fledged trade conference and exhibition covering all maritime sectors including infrastructure, port, logistics, particularly agro-logistics and shipping –with emphasis on legal issues affecting those areas, as well as business opportunities for Panama and the region.

Conference Time Table

The Conference in Numbers




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Students received free invitations to the Conference


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Commercial Exhibits - Pavilions


Participants said they learned a great deal from the Conference


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Participants rated the quality of presentations from very good to excellent


Participants rated the Networking Opportunities from very good to excellent


Visitors rated the Commercial Exhibition from good to very good


Visitors rated the variety of Exhibitors from good to very good


Of Exhibitors indicated that this was a very good business opportunity


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Boards of Advisors

To make the best possible programme for this conference, the Organising Committee has formed an International Board of Advisors composed of leading figures in the maritime port and international logistics industries. The Board of Advisors is formed by:

Philip Embiricos

former president of BIMCO and member of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal

His Excellency Dirk Janssen

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Honourable Susana Pinilla

Regional Director of the Development Bank of Latin America, CAF

Alessandro Cassinelli

General Manager of PSA Panama

Supporting Organizations


Since the very beginning in 1991, the Maritime Authority of Panama and the Panama Canal Authority joined the Maritime Chamber of Panama and the Maritime Law Association as co-organisers of the Conference & Exhibition. They have pledged their full cooperation to ensure the success of this unique gathering in The Americas.


The Canal Administrator will provide an update on how the expanded Canal behaves in terms of revenues and market share - and how the Canal contributes to the consolidation of Panama as a regional logistics centre. The Administrator of the Maritime Authority will give us his vision of the next 100 years of the Registry, as well as the development of port infrastructure, such as the maritime ancillary services wharf and the new cruise terminal.

The Organizers

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The Maritime Chamber of Panama

 As an organization that traces its origins back to the very beginning of the Panama Canal operation, almost 100 years ago, the Panama Maritime Chamber has been able to witness the growth of the maritime ancillary services industry and the expansion of the services that maritime lawyers and shipping agencies offer the shipping industry worldwide.

This growth has undoubtedly helped make Panama a regional hub for the acquisition of products and services and a self-sustained logistics platform. Much of the success, however, is due to the enthusiasm and trust of the local and foreign investors, who despite the existing legal and operational uncertainties of the time, decided to establish their businesses locally and become part of the community.

The Panamanian maritime sector has grown increasingly during the last ten years, as a result of the development of the ports on both sides of the Isthmus, as well as the increased preponderance of the Canal for world commerce and its impact on the local ancillary services industry. The cluster is thriving and many new and more sophisticated services are offered to transiting ships and to ships calling on our ports on the Atlantic and the Pacific terminals than ever before.

With more than 180 member companies, the Panama Maritime Chamber has become a listening post, a think-tank, a forum that ensures the correct legal, regulatory and procedural climate exists, so that businesses may continue to develop and prosper, thereby contributing to the country’s GDP and, most importantly, to creating more jobs.

We hope you accept our warm and respectful welcome, hoping that through the information you find here, you will get to know our organization and our membership better, which will no doubt lead us to a longer lasting relationship. Please, feel free to refer any questions or request any additional information you might require from us –we would be delighted to respond as best we can.


The Panamanian Maritime Law Association (APADEMAR) is a nonprofit association gathering inter alia, legal professionals practicing in the field of maritime law. As an active guild, which maintains a constant participation in national life, we have suggested the introduction of different rules that have eventually become laws of the Republic, contributing greatly to the growth of the Panamanian Merchant Marine and the establishment of Panama as a World Forum for the arrest of ships.