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Panama flags the world's first bulk carriers powered by Liquefied Natural Gas

10 May 2021
Panama flags the world's first bulk carriers powered by Liquefied Natural Gas

The use of liquefied natural gas represents important advantages for ships, among which are fuel savings, engine maintenance, reduction of polluting emissions up to 90% compared to fuels such as IFO or diesel, as well as better combustion , control and efficiency.

The registration of these vessels under the Panamanian flag responds to several factors, among which stand out, the legal security provided by the Registry as it is backed by a country, the 24/7 technical assistance and an attractive incentive scheme to which they can apply ships of this type.

Panama, within its legislation, contemplates the Eco Ship discount, which is a special incentive for ships registered or to be registered, which demonstrate corporate social responsibility programs focused on reducing atmospheric or sea pollution.

In this sense, after presenting the required documents and evidencing that the Project Energy Efficiency Index (EEDI) obtained by the applicable ship is less than or equal to what is established, the ships that qualify after the analysis will obtain the incentive for a term of 3 years. It should be noted that the ships that are already part of this program, once the period is over, may request its renewal for 3 more years, providing the required documents.


Thomas validated the biosecurity measures presented by Apatel while suggesting that the Panamanian State design an international campaign in which they detail their scope and their application.

Jaime Pons, from the Hotel Playa Blanca Resort, in Farallon, Cocle province, stated that one of the greatest strengths that clients value are the levels of cleanliness and hygiene that are offered.

He added that they have carried out a series of additional measures to reinforce the disinfection processes in all their rooms, among which are Check In and Check Out, common areas, food and beverages, control and verification processes, among others.

For the president of the union, Armando Rodriguez, the protocols complement the work that the union has been doing for the benefit of its 125 associates, which include 3 training cycles, in order to prepare the hotels towards the new normal.

It highlights that the important thing is that Apatel member hotels have redirected their actions to these biosecurity measures, although it also recognized that this sector is one of the segments of the economy that has suffered the most in the crisis caused by the COVID'19 pandemic , it is probable that 30% of the businesses are not prepared to reopen their doors next October.

The tourism sector of Panama represented a contribution of 4 thousand 400 million balboas to the Gross Domestic Product of the country in 2019. According to estimates, about 100,000 Panamanian families depend, directly and indirectly on the sector.

SPANISH text: 

Sector hotelero adecua instalaciones para su futura reapertura en el mes de octubre


Los hoteles de Panamá se han adaptado a los protocolos de bioseguridad en 12 area sensibles dentro sus instalaciones, como parte de las medidas aprobadas por el Ministerio de Salud (MINSA), con lo que pretender garantizar una atención óptima a sus visitantes, una vez reinicien las operaciones de ese sectór, que según  el cronograma,  será el 12 de octubre próximo .

Las áreas establecidas como sensibles incluyen alojamiento y recepción, areas públicas o comunes, alimentos y bebidas, eventos, habitaciones, lavanderíaa, mantenimiento, proveedores y contratistas, recepción de materia prima, seguridad, servicio en aeropuerto y sistemas informáticos.

De acuerdo con Darla Thomas, de Gran Hotel Bahía , de Isla Colón, provincia de Bocas del Toro, las medidas presentadas por la Auteridad de Turismo de Panamá (ATP) ante el Ministerio de Salud reúnen los lineamientos establecidos en el marco de la ruta hacia la nueva normalidad y el retorno seguro y saludable a los centros de trabajo, enmarcados en los parámetros de seguridad.

Thomas validó las medidas de bioseguridad presentadas por Apatel al tiempo que sugirió que el Estado panameño diseñe una campaña internacional en la que detalle el alcance de las mismas y su aplicación.

Jaime Pons, del Hotel Playa Blanca Resort, de Farallon, provincia del Cócle, manifestó que una de las mayores fortalezas que los clientes valoran son los niveles de limpieza e higiene que se ofrecen.

Agregó que han realizado una serie de medidas adicionales para reforzar los procesos de desinfección en todas sus habitaciones, entre las que destacan Check In y Check Out, zonas comunes, alimentos y bebidas, procesos de control y verificación entre otros.

Para el presidente del gremio, Armando Rodriguez, con los protocolos se complimenta el trabajo que viene realizando el gremio en beneficio de sus 125 asociados, que incluyen 3 ciclos de capacitaciones, como preparación de los hoteles hacia la nueva normalidad.

Destaca que lo importante es que los hoteles miembros de Apatel han redirigido sus acciones a estas medidas de bioseguridad, aunque también reconoció siendo este sector uno de los segmentos de la economía que más impactos ha sufrido en la crisis motivada por la pandemia de COVID-19, es probable que un 30% de los negocios no estén preparados para reabrir sus puertas en octubre próximo.

El sectór turismo de Panamá representó un aporte de 4 mil 400 milliones de balboas al Producto Interno Bruto del pais en 2019. De acuerdo a estimaciones, cerca de 100 mil familias panameñas dependen, directa o indirectamente, del sector.

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