Questions before starting your training? Here are the common inquiries we get.

Where is the Training Center located?

 In Panama Republic of Panama, Urbanizacion Perjil, Calle 3ra,Edificio PH Barcelona, Local No. 1, telephone No.507 393 9281, 507 730 1092, e-mail: maritimecenter@mp-ip.net, web page: www.mp-ip.net

Is the Training Center accredited in Panama and Honduras?

 Maritime Professional Institute of Panama is accredited and licensed by Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and General Directorate of the Merchant Marine of Honduras, which are responsible for Marine Education and Training. All Panamanian and Honduran certificates of competency are internationally recognized since Panama and Honduras are among the countries which fulfilled the provisions of the STCW Convention, as amended, known as the White List.

Does the Training Center accept students from other countries?

The Training Center accepts all Nationalities. It also helps them get entry visas to Panama, as well as accommodation sandals, or other open-toed shoes are not allowed. Coveralls/boiler suits are recommended. During rescue boat or water survival training, students should bring a bathing suit, towel, and a change of clothing. 

What to bring to class?

A pen, pencil, and note paper. All other materials will be provided.

Homework?

Not all of the information contained in Student Manuals/Handouts will be covered in class; therefore it is recommended reading all handouts in their entirety after class.

Student Conduct?

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.  Maritime Professional Institute of Panama reserves the right to request a student to leave the premises because of misconduct in the classroom or during practical exercises. Misconduct is any action which is offensive to or jeopardizes the safety of students, instructors, or any other persons.

Cell Phones?

In order to provide an environment free of unnecessary disruption, we ask that you please turn phones off. The office staff will take messages if you wish.

Sea Time Requirements?

Certain courses have sea time requirements. These requirements are the policies of the flag state administration. Only official sea time letters or Mariner’s discharge papers are acceptable forms of sea time.

Course Records?

Course records are kept on file for a minimum of 5 years. Should you lose your certificate, a certified copy can be produced for you at a nominal fee.

What is STCW?

STCW is an acronym for “Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping”. Many people confuse the code itself for the requirement for Basic Training in Safety – often referred to as STCW Training, or STCW Basic Safety Training. STCW Code History: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a convention to improve the worldwide standards for safety and training of professional mariners in 1978. The Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention established a code adopted by many nations on July 7, 1978 and was named the Seafarers Training, Certification,& Watchkeeping (STCW) Code. Subsequent conventions were held in 1991, 1994, 1995 & 1997, and 2010 to update & revise the code.

What is the difference between Port and Flag State Control?

Port and Flag State Control are key elements in fulfilling the revisions of the STCW Code. Port State Control is the authority an administration has over vessels operating within their waters (jurisdiction) regardless of Flag. In a nutshell, Port State Control is the oversight and inspections conducted by the administration of the port on a vessel entering their port.

 The revised Chapter I of STCW includes enhanced procedures concerning the exercise of port State to allow intervention in the case of deficiencies deemed to pose a danger to persons, property or the environment (regulation I/4). This can take place if certificates are not in order or if the ship is involved in a collision or grounding, if there is an illegal discharge of substances (causing pollution) or if the ship is maneuvered in an erratic or unsafe manner, etc. Flag State Control is the authority an administration has over vessels with their own registration (flag) regardless of where they are operating.

Subsequent conventions were held in 1991, 1994, 1995 & 1997, and 2010 to update & revise the code.

Refund/Cancellation Policy for Deposits and/or Full Course Payment ?

Cancellation 2 weeks prior to the start of the class, 80% of payment received will be refunded or is transferable to a future date.

Cancellation 1 week prior to the start of the class, 50% of payment received will be refunded or is transferable to a future date.

Cancellation less than 1 week prior to the start of the class, there is only the option to transfer to a future date.