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Panama Canal SOPEP

To provide the Master and Chief Engineer, officers and crew members, with a practical guide regarding steps to be taken when a pollution incident has occurred or is likely to occur in Panama Canal waters

Regulatory Reference: Panama Requirements

Regulatory Reference


Panama Canal regulations require all transiting vessels with a carrying capacity of 400 metric tons or more of oil as cargo and/or fuel to be equipped with a Panama Canal SOPEP. Scope of this plan is to provide guidance with respect to steps to be taken for the prevention and response when an oil pollution incident has occurred or is likely to occur for vessels entering the Panama Canal. Plan Approval by the Administration or a Recognised Organisation (RO) on behalf of the Administration NOT mandatory, however submission for approval purposes to Panama Authority is mandatory.

Indicative Contents

  • General Instructions in case of any incident
  • Spill Notification Requirements
  • Spill Response Procedures
  • Oil Pollution Prevention Measures for Panama Canal Waters
  • Crew Training Program
  • Authorized Person
  • Classification Criteria
  • Record of Exercises
  • List of Ship Interest Contacts
  • Checklists
  • Vessel Specific Information

Info/Plans Required

  • Ship Specific Information (Questionnaire to be submitted)
  • General Arrangement Plan
  • Capacity Plan
  • Midship Section
  • Lines Plan
  • Tank Tables


  • Master will have a guidance with respect to the steps to be taken when a pollution incident has occurred or is likely to occur.
  • All latest legislation and contact information will be included
  • Easy reporting procedure for initial and follow up report (with examples)
  • Quick and simple response with actions guide and responsible personnel
  • Authorized person’s details
  • TIER Calculation

We will Ensure

  • Full compliance with national and international regulations and common marine practice
  • Real life documentation addressed to senior officers and crew onboard
  • Full integration of any client specific requirements
  • Full support provided after development in line with our Document Support Policy

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