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MARSIM '09 Conference

Welcome Letter

Welcome Letter

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On behalf of the International Maritime Simulator Forum (IMSF) Organizing Committee, we invite you to the International Conference on Marine Simulation and Ship Maneuverability (MARSIM '09), which will be held in Panama from August 17-20, 2009. MARSIM '09 is a follow up to the previous conference held successfully in The Netherlands in 2006.

The program will discuss a variety of aspects relating to marine simulation.  The objective of this conference is to create a scientific platform where new technical developments, research papers and simulation designs can be shared.

The conference also will showcase the use of marine simulators in the process of developing and improving ship maneuvering techniques. In addition, it will highlight the development of procedures to evaluate and improve safe and efficient ship handling. 

MARSIM '09 will take place in Panama City. Well known as a tourist destination, it is the most cosmopolitan city in all of Central America and the capital of the most globalized economy in the region.

The city is tucked into the heart of Panama Bay which offers a sophisticated and distinctive skyline. A Caribbean flavor, diversity, eclectic culture and sheer energy exemplify some of the unique elements Panama City has to offer.

We look forward to extending you a warm welcome!

Alberto Alemán Zubieta
Panama Canal Authority

On behalf of the IMSF
MARSIM ’09 Organization Committee

Conference Date and Venue


August 17 – 20, 2009 (Mon - Thu)


Panama Marriott Hotel

Panama Marriott Hotel

52nd St and Ricardo Arias

Banking Area, Panama City, Panama

Telephone: (507) 210-9200

Fax: (507)210-9311


See location in Google Maps


MARSIM '09 Conference

MARSIM '09 Conference

Cruise Ship arriving at the Locks

Since 1978, MARSIM Conferences, have been heldunder the auspices of the International Marine Simulator Forum (IMSF), has been held every three years. In Tokyo, the 1990 MARSIM was presented jointly by IMSF and the International Conference on Ship Maneuverability (ICSM). The association of MARSIM and ICSM will continue for MARSIM’09.

The conference will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of theoretical papers describing the latest achievement and trends in marine safety and productivity through simulation training, maneuvering, channel designs and control system.

MARSIM '09 Committee

MARSIM '09 Committee

Cruise Ship arriving at the Locks


  • Prof. Hiroaki Kobayashi
  • Capt. Herb. Taylor
  • Mr. Lars Markusson
  • Prof. Makoto Endo
  • Prof. Steven Cross
  • Prof. Knud Benedict
  • Capt. Rogelio Altafulla
  • Capt. Francisco Tejada



Cruise Ship arriving at the Locks

A technical exhibition will be arranged at the Panama Marriot Hotel, at the Casco Viejo convention room in connection with MARSIM’09. Interested companies and institutions are invited to contact the MARSIM’09 Conference Secretariat.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to present papers on marine simulation and ship maneuvering topics shown in this announcement.

Those wishing to present a paper are requested to submit an English abstract of 200-300 words (typed) to the MARSIM’09 Conference Secretariat. The abstract must contain the title, the scope and conclusion of the proposed paper, and bear the name(s) and the complete address of the corresponding author(s) (mail, phone, fax and E-mail).

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the International Technical Committee.


  • Deadline for abstracts                   Nov. 07, 2008

  • Notification of acceptance             Jan.  31, 2009

  • Camera-ready paper Due              Apr.  18, 2009

The official language of the conference is English.

Social Program

Social Program

Sunday 16 August 2009
Sightsee at Miraflores Visitors Center

Tuesday 18 August 2009

Wednesday 19 August 2009
Panama Canal Partial Transit

Visit to the Canal Expansion Work Place and City of Knowledge

Accompanying Person Program

Monday August 17, 2009

Visit the Reverted Areas, where you will get to know the history of the Americans and the importance of the Panama Canal to Panama. Afterwards you will visit our Administration Building and stop at our Folkloric Craft Center where you could enjoy handmade crafts. We will then visit the Causeway and Mi Pueblito and sight see views of Panama. We will stop at Green House Restaurant for lunch and will then head towards Albrook Mall to finish our shopping day.
Duration: 6 hours
Includes: Transportation, companion guide, lunch and refreshments.
Recommendations: Light clothing, comfortable shoes for walking.

Tuesday August 18, 2009

Visit the museum and the ruins of “Panama La Vieja”, destroyed by the pirate Sir Henry Morgan in 1671, then “Casco Antiguo” where we will visit the Golden Altar of St. Joseph Church, the Vaults, the Canal Interoceanic Museum. Then we will take a panoramic tour of the modern city of Panama where we will stop at Green House Restaurant for lunch.
Duration: 6 hours
Includes: transportation, guide, entrance fees, and lunch.
Recommendations: Light clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and camera photography.

Wednesday August 19, 2009

Thursday August 20, 2009

Host Country Information

About Panama

Panama Flag

As a meeting point in the history of the countries of Latin America, Panama is a country forged by various cultures and traditions that come together to create a unique complexity and exotic environment. The country's ethnic diversity is reflected in the traditional products, such as woodcarvings, ceremonial masks and pottery, as well as in its architecture, cuisine and festivals.

Panama Canal Map

To visit Panama is to dazzle the senses, where Indigenous, Asiatic, Caribbean and European cultures combine to create a country unlike any other. Panama's architecture is a reflection of the different groups that make their home here.

The old city of Panama, known as Casco Viejo, is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO in 1997. It is currently undergoing restoration, and is a place of great historical and architectural importance. Visitors to the site can see homes built at the beginning of the last century, narrow lanes with ancient ruins, beautiful colonial churches, the National Theater, the Church of San Jose (also known as the Church of the Golden Altar), that was saved from the greed of the pirates, and the ruins of the convent of Santo Domingo and its famous Flat Arch, which is over 300 years old.

Visa Support Documents

Visa Support Documents

Any participant requiring an official letter of invitation to the conference, to support a visa application into Panama, is requested to contact the MARSIM 2009 Secretariat in order to receive assistance in obtaining such a document.

Registration Fee

Registration Fee

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Fee (in US Dollars)

Early registration before
1 June 2009

Late registration after
1 June 2009

Participant registration: Includes transportation Airport / Hotel / Airport, local transportation to / from proceedings, cocktail reception, banquet, lunches, coffee/tea breaks, technical tour.



IMFS members and papers  presenters  registration: Includes transportation Airport / Hotel / Airport, local transportation to / from proceedings, cocktail reception, banquet, lunches, coffee/tea breaks, technical tour.



Accompanying person(s) registration:
Includes transportation Airport / Hotel / Airport, cocktail reception, banquet, lunches, technical tour, local activities program.



Registration fee can be paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or by bank transfer. All registrations for MARSIM'09 should be submitted through our online registration form which will be available until midnight Sunday, August 9, 2009 (local time). Registration will resume on-site at the Conference Venue (Hotel Marriott Panama) from Sunday, August 16 starting at 14:00.

Please note that the deadline for International Bank Transfer payments is Monday August 6th, 2009. Payments after this date should be made via online by credit card or direct deposits into account. Please also be aware that credit cards or cash will also be accepted onsite.


Intermediary Bank : HSBC BANK USA
New York, NY, USA
140 Broadway, New York, New York
10015, USA

Swift : MRMDUS33

Beneficiary Bank : HSBC Bank Panama
Panama, Rep. of Panama

Beneficiary Bank Account : 000-141186

Swift : MIDLPAPA  

Final Beneficiary : Congrexpo Internacional

Beneficiary Account : 01-0803812-7


To be deposited into the Congrexpo Internacional account (HSBC BANK) under the number 01-0803812-7.

Please note that all bank fees and money transfer costs must be prepaid by the transmitter. Please remember to Indicate MARSIM’09 and your name as a reference on all bank transfers and send us a copy of the bank transfer slip via fax to the number +507 3403471 or via email to as soon as possible.

Reimbursements:  Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to the MARSIM'09 Registration Department via email.

If written notification of cancellation is received before March 17, 2009, 50% of the full price of the registration will be refunded. We regret to inform you that no refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date (no exceptions). Please note that the cancellation will not be effective until a written acknowledgment from the Registration Department is received. 

All registrations for MARSIM'09 should be submitted through our online registration form. Please click the button below to register.

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Hotels and Room Rates (US Dollar per night)


Type of Room

Room Rate

Marriott Panama Hotel*: The Conference Site

One Bed


Two Beds



Crowne Plaza**: 1.8 km from Conference Site

One Bed


Two Beds


* Includes breakfast
** Includes breakfast & taxes


* Hotel Marriott Panama: Room cancellations can be made up to June 8, 2009. Booking requests will be accepted only if a credit card is provided as a guarantee for the reservation.

* Alternative Hotels:  Room cancellations can be made up to July 15, 2009. Booking requests will be accepted only if a credit card is provided as a guarantee for the reservation.

*Any change to a reservation (name substitution) must be notified in writing to the MARSIM'09  Accommodation Department  and not directly to the hotel before June 10, 2009.

Please be aware that all cancellations made after the dates detailed above will translate in the charge (by the hotel) of the full amount of the booking stay on the credit card you have provided.



Airplane Fare

Copa Airlines

We are pleased to inform you that, in case you decide to participate in MARSIM'09, you may be able to enjoy a special discount from COPA AIRLINES on the preferential price available. Once you have formalized your registration, you will receive a confirmation which will include the necessary codes to obtain this discount. Please note that this discount does not apply on promotional fares, business class or combinations with any other promotion. For reservations, please visit any COPA AIRLINES office or contact their call center (for further information please visit


Sky TeamSKYTEAM, another Official Alliance Network for our event, offers attractive airfares for registered participants.

SKYTEAM comprises 10 leading international airlines: Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, Continental, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta, KLM, Korean Air, Northwest Airlines, serving 728 cities in 149 countries with over 15,000 flights daily.

Please be aware that once you have formalized your registration, you will receive a confirmation letter which will have included the identifier code for you to be able to get hold of this discount.


Conference participants can travel by car from Tocumen International Airport to suggested hotels (approximately forty-five minutes).

The distance between the Panama Marriott Hotel and the other suggested hotels is:

• InterContinental Miramar Panama – 3.4km from the Conference Site
• Crowne Plaza Panama – 1.8km from the Conference Site

MARSIM’09 Secretariat

MARSIM’09 Secretariat

Center for Maritime Training, Research, and Development (SIDMAR)

Cruise Ship arriving at the Locks

Balboa, Ancon, Panama
Phone: +507 272-8554
Fax: +507 272-8222

Event Planner

Event Planner


Global Bank Building, Floor 15, Office 1509, Panama City - Panama
Phone: +507 340-3467
Fax: +507 340-3471


IMSF 2009 General Meeting

IMSF 2009 - Annual General Meeting (AGM)

To be held at the Marriott Hotel
Panama City, Republic of Panama
August 20, 2009 (Thursday)

Dear IMSF members:

We are very glad to inform you that the 2009 Annual General Meeting of the International Marine Simulator Forum will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Panama City, Panama.

Additional announcements and information will be sent to you regularly by email.

If you are planning on attending this meeting, we would appreciate your registering in our website. Please include information on any accompanying guests.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact MARSIM’09 Secretariat at If you prefer, you can send an email to .

We are really looking forward to see you in August 2009.

Best regards.

Download the Annual General Meeting Agenda

Photo Gallery and Presentations

Photo Gallery

Cocktail at Miraflores Locks (16-Aug-2009)

Event at Marriott Hotel (17-Aug-2009)

Cocktail at Union Club (18-Aug-2009)

Altas (19-Aug-2009)

Visit to Cocoli (20-Aug-2009)

Event at Marriott Hotel (20-Aug-2009)


Keynote Lecture

Maneuverability Topics

Common Topics

Simulation Topics