12 - 15 March 2017 | Megapolis Convention Center

The Conference

General Overview

Panama Maritime Conference and Exhibition is a must for the shipping industry. Every two years regional and international market leaders gather in Panama to connect in an exclusive maritime networking event.

Mark in your calendar March 12 to 15 2017 as we are Celebrating the 100 year Anniversary of the Worlds Largest Merchant Marine Registry and the recent Inauguration of the Panama Canal New Locks and upcoming Developments.

Panama Maritime Conference is the platform of THE GREAT CONNECTION between shipowners, operators, regulators andmaritime auxiliary service providers of the largest commercial maritime fleet of the world and the most important waterway passage in America connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Activities and The Party
- The fun side of Panama

Taking advantage of the nations host PANAMA a true tropical paradise, allows for making the business social mix, the main appeal and unrivaled at the party scene.

Sunday March 12 Ice Breaking Cocktail - Welcoming 6:00 PM
Monday March 13 The Route of Panama Traditions 6:00 PM
Tuesday March 14 The party of The Panama Maritime Authority - Celebrating 100 years of the registry 7:00 PM
Wednesday March 15 Tour to the New Panama Locks - Cocolí - sponsored by MIT & The Panama Canal Authority 9:00 AM
Wednesday March 15 Closing cocktails at Miraflores lock - sponsored by The Panama Canal Authority 7:00 PM

Opportunity of Billions

Panama flag ranks first in terms of both numbers of vessel 8,834 and tonnage 359,288,661 accounting for 20% of the world commercial fleet.

The Panama Canal now with two lanes will serve multiple ships to pass simultaneously surpassing the former transit of 14 thousand a year.

This calls for the need of services from

  • agencies,
  • bunker,
  • training centers,
  • lawyers,
  • seafarers,
  • surveyors,
  • shipyards,
  • class,
  • statutory certificates,
  • insurance,
  • security companies,
  • radio and satellite monitoring services,
  • to name a few.

As a participant you will come face to face with business of this grand scale, and join in part of the GREAT CONNECTION and Celebration of Success.

But Panama Maritime XII is more than an exhibition.

PM week also includes an extended conference

With great success comes great responsibilities and the main programme for 2016 is focused on the trending topics, challenges facing the industry today and how to prepare and make these into opportunities.

Chaired by industry leaders, to promote lively discussion and become the platform for innovative ideas and conclusions on these important debate on issues, with the objective of being prepared for what's to come ahead.

Flor de Maria Torrijos
Panama Maritime Conference XIII, Organizing Committee President.

Flor Torrijos
  • Reinsurance broker and Maritime lawyer specializing in commercial, shipping and trading disputes for more than 17 years and business entrepreneur.
  • Recognised by Forbes Latam as one of the 14 most influential people in the Latin American maritime market.
  • President of the Bi Anual State Conference Panama Maritime 2017, active member of the Panama Maritime Law Association and the Maritime Chamber Association for more than 15 years.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Center of Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration of Panama.
  • Founder and General Manager of Panama Maritime Lawyers and Vice President of Intermaritime Group, a one stop integral maritime solutions provider.
  • With extended experience in the public sector working at the Panama Maritime Authority serving as Director of International Affairs and as Secretary to the Board of Directors for one presidential term.
  • Exercising sound judgement and having a gift for simplifying even the most complex problems. 
  • Panama Maritime XIII, World Conference and Exhibition 2017 - Organizing Committee President.

The Organisers

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.

The Maritime Law Association of Panama (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.

Co-Organisers or Supporting Organisations

Since the very beginning, 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 Administrators of both organisations will speak about their respective institutions strategic plans for the future, particularly the Canal Authority, taking into consideration completion of the expansion project and the recently announced consession to build a new port on the Pacific terminal.

Logo autoridad del canal de panama
Logo Autoridad Maritima de Panama

Supporting Media

Seatrade logo

Seatrade is a firmly established brand in the international cruise and maritime community and has been leading the way in global maritime communication for 45 years. Our portfolio consists of international events, conferences, leading publications, training programmes, award schemes, research and online news websites covering every aspect of cruise and maritime activity. Our principal strength is our ability to bring key people together, encouraging innovation and facilitating better communication within the industry.

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Petrospot is a dynamic independent publishing, training and events organisation focused on the maritime, energy and transportation industries. It delivers the highest quality strategic information in the most comprehensive and convenient formats – via magazines, websites and books, or face to face in conferences, exhibitions, seminars and training courses. Petrospot created and organises the annual Maritime Week Americas and is co-creator and organiser of both London International Shipping Week and European Shipping Week.

Based in Oxfordshire, England, Petrospot was established in May 2003 by Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes (Managing Director). He is supported by Lesley Bankes-Hughes (Director – Publishing), and Luci Llewellyn-Jones (Director – Events).


Main Partners

Logo Autoridad Maritima de Panama Logo autoridad del canal de panama apademar SENACYT camara maritima


Holland Embassy logo JSP Multimedia - Drupal Diseño y programacion de apps web Copa Airlines

Media Partners

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Exhibiting Companies

Logo autoridad del canal de panama Holland Embassy logo intermaritime world cleaning services logo Meyers Group Logo Colon Oiltanking DIVING WELDING SERVICES TALLERES INDUSTRIALES DAMEN logo ALFA LAVAL LIMITED Panama Pacifico logo MARINE SAFETY Torrijos y asociados Cayman Registry