Chapter IV

ORGANIC LAW PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY
PANAMA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
LAW No. 19
(of June 11, 1997)
"WHEREBY THE PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY IS ORGANIZED"

Chapter IV - Vessels and Navigation


Article 57. The Authority shall regulate:

  1. Navigation in the Canal.
  2. Vessel transit, inspection, and control, and all other activities related to navigation in the Canal and adjacent ports, including maritime safety, pilotage, and the issuance of special licenses to pilots, mates, and operators of vessels and other floating equipment to work in the Canal.
  3. Disaster prevention and control; disposal of waste and discharges from vessels, mainly industrial; the transit of cargo that is hazardous or may cause environmental or any other type of damage; the handling of ballast; waste removal during anchorage; environmental health protection; and environmental impact studies for proposed Canal projects.
  4. Requirements relative to the insurance coverage required of vessels transiting the Canal, for liabilities resulting from damages caused by such vessels to the Canal, its property, its workers, or third parties.

Article 58. All vessels or craft transiting or moving in Canal waters, anchorages, mooring stations, and the ports adjacent to the Canal shall be subject to the orders and supervision of the Traffic Control of the Authority, in accordance with the Regulations.

Article 59. The Authority has the right to deny entry to the Canal of any vessel not abiding by the rules and regulations for navigational safety established in this Law and the Regulations.

Section One: Board of Inspectors