Standard Club’s correspondent in Panama, P&I C Fernie & Co SA, has noted that the Panama Government’s decision to suspend air travel from Europe and Asia wascausing problems for ship personnel who have been landed ashore for medical reasons. Those crew who are declared fit to fly will not be able to be repatriated until the flight restrictions are lifted.
The panamanian authorities have suspended the maritime courts, save for matters of urgency, although this includes ship arrests.
Currently only local personnel, suppliers, surveyors etc are allowed to board vessels at the anchorages and terminals. The Panama canal continues to operate normally.
Standard Club said that conditions in Panama were changing daily and that it should be expected that further measures might be implemented in the coming days or near future which could have an impact on the maritime industry in Panama.