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Panama goes digital with Marine Online partnership

The Republic of Panama, a country with the largest registered vessels fleet, is digitalising its application system through a partnership with Marine Online. This move is expected to deliver a significant reduction on travelling and waiting time required to visit the embassy to authenticate the seafarers’ certificates of competency for safe embarkation.

HE Luis Alberto Melo, ambassador and consul general of the Republic of Panama to Singapore said: "In the face of a changing landscape, it is crucial to accelerate our level of services to interoperate for greater optimisation and automation as the next big leap. Our partnership with Marine Online (MOL) will allow us to enhance our services through the platform and connect us to our customers in real-time. Our future-ready solutions will also enable new opportunities for us to promote our maritime services and maintain our position as the World's leader in the marine industry."

Reinforcing the needs of an industry dominated by complex logistic flows and massive exchange of data, the organisations aim to cultivate a smart maritime ecosystem using digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), and big data. As standardisation is the key to accuracy and reliability for business and compliance purposes, the paradigm shift towards digitalisation provides immense expediency to revamp conventional practices to improve productivity, achieve greater efficiencies, and performance downtime.

"By unifying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced eCommerce Technologies, we aim to digitalise data and elevate procurement efficiency for sustainable growth in the digital economy, for the maritime industry. I am positive that our exclusive partnership with the Consul-General Embassy of Panama, will rejuvenate the maritime shipping space with renewed optimism," said Mr. Yang Ling, the CEO of Marine Online, a B2B e-commerce platform for shipping services that includes chartering, bunkering, crewing, port agency, ship supply, ship purchase & sell, and other marine services.

The online application for seafarers of all ranks with the supporting documents can be accessed at Upon submission, applicants may track their application history for up to seven years.

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