Our maritime office at Imabari, commonly named “SEGUMAR IMABARI” (comes from the acronym of “maritime safety” in Spanish language), provides all the certification and authorization services for Panamanian vessels owned and operated by western Japan companies.

The following is a list of the services executed by our Segumar Imabari office:

  • Endorsement of ITC ’69 issued by Recognized Organization’s
    Issuance of ITC’69 (change of vessel’s name, duplicate or lost)
  • Issuance of National Tonnage Certificate (NTC)
  • Issuance of Full-Term exemption certificates (SOLAS, MARPOL, ILLC, COLREG & others)
  • Issuance of Minimum Safe Manning Certificate (MSMC)
  • Issuance of Bunker Convention Certificate (BCC)
  • Issuance Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, certificate (WRC)
  • Financial Security in Respect of Liability for the Death of and Personal injury to Passengers,(PAL)
  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992 (CLC92) certificate.
  • DMLC PART I (Maritime Labour Convention)
  • Single delivery voyage (statutory) – authorization (special circumstances, self-propelled, towed & and others conditions)
  • Single delivery voyage – manning authorization or Certificate (under special conditions)
  • Reduced manning authorization due to laid up condition Dry dock postponement/ extension;
  • In water survey in lieu of dry dock (IWSILDD) authorization, specific cases as per MMC No. 204
  • Multiple flag doc – ISM authorization letter;
  • Extra crew authorization letter;
  • Endorsement/authorization of sewage discharge rate – as per MARPOL Annex IV
  • Endorsement of ISM declarations (DPA & DOC)
  • Endorsement/authorization of Multiple Load Line
  • LSA & FFE service/inspection extension
  • ISM initial/intermediate audit postponement
  • Continuous Synopsis Record certificate (CSR)
  • Armed personnel authorization letters
  • International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC)
  • Declaration of Company Security Officer (CSO)
  • ISPS initial/intermediate audit postponement
  • Statutory surveys /extension
  • Statutory certificates revalidation authorization
  • Authorization for issuance of conditional statutory certificates (malfunctioning equipment’s, pending items & others)
  • Flag interpretation and position for specific International Conventions, regulation, codes & others) (if it is by first time It should be previously consulted to head office)
  • Single voyage authorization – due to special circumstances/pending items after PSC detention (it shall be consulted to PSC section in Panama)
  • Authorization for the issuance of interim Exemption Certificates
  • General technical comments and recommendations
  • Acting as liaison with the Maritime Casualty Department
  • Acting as liaison with the Navigation and Maritime Safety Department (Flag state inspections and PSC)
  • Acting as liaison with SEGUMAR head office (Panama) for all the inquiries regarding MLC 2006;
  • Acting as liaison with the different departments of the general directorate of seafarers
  • Review, Evaluation and approval of the Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP)
  • The full terms International Ballast Water Certificate (IBWMC) are issued as per Regulation E2 of the Convention
  • Analysis and solution of cases/consultations related to ballast water management. Approval of Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) according to Circular MMC- 345.
  • Inventory of Hazardous Material Statement of Compliance (IHM SOC).
  • Services provided for seafarers/crew related matters. Such as Crew Dispensations, Home Country License, Administrative Statements.

Also you can keep you updated with the latest information regarding MMC (Merchant Marine Circulars) and MMN (Merchant Marine Notices) in the following link:

For any request of clarification or questions regarding our certification or authorization services you may send an email to the following address (in English, Japanese or Spanish):

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On behalf of our country, we are pleased to Welcome you to the Website of The Consulate of Panama, in Kobe Japan.

It is an honor to serve as Consul General of this office which has its consular jurisdiction over the Fukui, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu regions.

We are located in the second metropolitan region of Japan and in one of the largest shipping centers of the world. Furthermore, we supervise and work together as a team with the office of the Panama Maritime Authority located in the city of Imabari, which is a sister city of Panama city.

Our office essentially provides Maritime and Consular Services along with the promotion of the Panamanian culture and the enhancement of the trade and academic relationships between Panama and the people, companies and institutions of western Japan.

This site aims to provide general information about our country, the Panama Merchant Marine along with other consular and cultural services that our office provides within western Japan, giving you a better understanding of the role and functions of our Office.