OBTAIN YOUR PANAMA CAPTAINíS LICENSE FOR NATIONAL WATERS
10/23/09, s/v ARGO
are issued by the Autoridad Maritima de Panama (AMP) and are required if
operating a vessel such as a panga or greater size that is not your
vessel or tender listed on your cruising permit.
Certificate of course completion of ďBasic Course for Mariners in
National Waters *
Certificate of Good Health from a doctor or clinic
License fee paid to Banco Nacional
Form completion at AMP, finger prints, photo, signature
* If you hold a
current USCG license, this course certificate will be issued to you
without taking the course. Of course, a fee still must be paid.
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Best to get items
#1-3 done first before going to the AMP. We used a bi-lingual driver (Jeronimo,
cell 6873-5545, he is usually at Toscana Inn Hotel in El Congrejo) to
take us around, to translate for us, find out where to go next, and in
each case he was tremendous help to expedite whatever it was that we
were doing. Taxi fee is $10/hr. This was well worth it, as we finished
the process in less than 4 hours! Our actual licenses were available
for pickup a day later. Paid Jeronimo an extra 2 hours to collect them
and send via air.
Escuela Tecnica de
Marinos (not exactly sure
where it was but itís close to the AMP office in Albrook) to obtain
certificate of course completion for Basic Course for Mariners in
National Waters (Curso Basico para Marinos de Aguas Nacionales). We
spoke with Hogobarto Maza?, 232-7691 or 6665-1186, who was very
knowledgeable, helpful and efficient. Show your passport and USCG
license, pay $50/person and 10 minutes later we had our certificate of
completion. Also, ask him to give you the form and fill it in that is
needed to make your license fee payment at the bank.
For us, steps #2 and
#3 were almost across the street from each other, located in a
not-so-nice part of town.
Obtain a Certificate of Good Health (Certificado de Buena
Salud) from a doctor or clinic. We went to a private doctor almost
across the street from the Bank (#3). The cute, young Dra. saw that we
were breathing, collected $7/each and in 5 minutes we were out of there
with our certificates.
Medical Clinic Carballo
Dra. Itza Erika Carballo
Calidonia, calle 25 este,
Edificio Latorraca, local 2
Banco Nacional, almost across from the doctorís office. We initially had to be
processed by a lady at a desk before standing in the regular line.
After a 5-step process involving 4 people, we paid $100/each + $5
processing fee and were out of there in about 15 minutes.
AMP (Autoridad Maritima
de Panama) office. Before
ever starting the process, I spoke by phone to (Ms.) Lidielyl at AMP
(phone 501-5057, her office is upstairs in suite #101), who spoke good
English and could answer my questions. When we showed up that day, she
was able to hook us up with Engineer Ivan Ospino, 501-5093, who
explained the requirements and sent us on our way.
After collecting the above #1, #2 and
#3, we returned to the same office and met with another man who
processed us by filling out forms on the computer (make sure you double
check his work), getting our fingerprints, photo and signature; and
examined our passport, USCG license and the above 3 items. We
requested, and were given, licenses valid for vessels up to 20 meters
(65 ft.) in length for 3 years. Although we had paid our license fee in
cash to Banco Nacional, another 4-steps with 2 people finalized the
payment. We spent about an hour there. As the actual licenses had to
be signed by AMP officials and laminated, we would have to return a day
later to pick them up. (We had our driver pick them up a day later and
send them on Aeroperlas ($5) to us in Bocas.)
Autoridad Maritima de
Panama, (8:30am Ė 4:30pm), ground floor
Albrook area, in a strip
shopping center next to Rey