Fast and direct access to Panama Embassy for maritime services
SINGAPORE, 19 February 2021 – COVID-19 has proven the importance of digitalisation for maritime businesses. Various technologies reconstructed the business landscape due to numerous social distancing measures. With the pandemic slowing down business activities, digitalisation became an opportunity for some businesses to quicken their procedures and enhance service standards. The Panama Flagship Store is a maritime-oriented solution for the industry to navigate the COVID-19 induced disruptions, and shift towards digitisation.
Since December 2020, Integrated Maritime Management (IMM) enjoyed several successful certificate and endorsement applications with Panama Flagship Store. The applications filed include Panama Seaman Book for ratings and Panama Certificate of Competence (COC) for officers assigned to upcoming projects. IMM is an enterprise offering various maritime services to international shipowners.
Panama Flagship Store is a single point of access to the world’s largest ship registry for a wide range of maritime services, without time-consuming manual procedures. Co-developed by Marine Online, the portal facilitates all maritime applications including vessel registering, crew endorsements, and engaging Panama’s authorised service engineers for various inspections. All applications are directly endorsed by the Consulate General in the Panama Embassy.
Pleased with the seamless and efficient process, a representative from IMM strongly advocates digital applications through Panama Flagship Store. “It is of utmost importance for us to provide operational-ready products and personnel for every client. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Panama Flagship Store proved to be an effective and efficient solution for us to obtain authentic endorsements and certifications from the Embassy without burdensome manual procedures. It also enhances our service standards to our clients.
“Being the first ever maritime portal granting direct access to the world’s largest ship registry online, Panama Flagship Store has effectively proven our industry’s ability to evolve by leveraging technology and innovation. Our seamless digital applications experience diminished the uncertainties of maritime digitalisation,” he noted.
Tiger Cai, Chief Operating Officer of Marine Online commented, “All manual applications typically involve trips to the Panama Embassy in Singapore for submitting and verifying documentations. With our Panama Flagship Store, fast and direct access to several maritime services at the Embassy is remotely available round-the-clock. We are very pleased to be the first digital platform in Singapore’s maritime industry to successfully facilitate our clients’ transition to the digitalisation-based business landscape.
“Panama Flagship Store is one of our digital business offerings. Our Marine Online platform offers seven other services; including bunkering, chartering and port agency services, with the same seamless processes without the long and tedious procedures.”
IMM’s representative added, “Marine Online’s team of experienced professionals was also ready to assist at every step of our application process. We are extremely proud of Marine Online’s initiative and certainly recommend applying for certifications and endorsements through the Panama Flagship Store.”