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AMP moves offices from New York to Miami

The move is being made to take advantage of the cruise ship industry.

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Miami is expected to be a better location for the offices of the AMP in the U.S. Miami is expected to be a better location for the offices of the AMP in the U.S.
Miami is expected to be a better location for the offices of the AMP in the U.S.

Panama has moved the Technical Office of Documentation of Ships (Segumar) from New York to Miami, the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) has announced. 

With this decision, AMP said it is seeking to enter the cruise industry operating in Miami, in addition to attracting drilling rigs operating off the coasts of Florida, New Orleans and Texas. 

Panama remains the largest ship registry in the world with more than 8,000 vessels. Liberia, one of the main competitors of Panama, has its offices in Virginia. 

Segumar, whose executive director is Napoleon Smith, plans to provide 24-hour a day, 7-day a weel services to clients on the U.S. East Coast, the AMP said. 

By operating in Miami, the technical team will also be able to interact with the Coast Guard and tighten existing ties to incorporate Panama into the US Ports Authority's inspection program, a statement said. 

Among its functions, the Segumar office should coordinate and execute actions related to technical inspections of Panamanian vessels and safety of navigation at sea. 

This office may also issue technical certifications, coordinate the issuance of the statutory certificates and collect fees.

According to sources from the AMP, moving the office will also help reduce operating costs. 

Consulted about this transfer, the Maritime Chamber of Panama, which represents more than 200 companies in the sector, said it supports the decision. 

Rommel Troetsch, president of the guild, said both cities are in the same time zone.

"New York is much more expensive for officials and Carnival, which has its base in Miami, is a great customer of the Panamanian registry," he said.

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