About Us

PANAMA MARITIME DOCUMENTATION SERVICES INC. (PMDS) is a Panamanian Recognized Organization established in 1989 and presided until 2010 by the late Dr. Hugo Torrijos Richa, senior maritime lawyer, who for more than 10 years served as General Director of the former Panama’s Directorate of Consular Maritime Affairs, known today as the Panama Maritime Authority.  Dr. Torrijos also served our country as Permanent Representative of Panama to the International Maritime Organization for many years. Fairplay Magazine recognized him as “principal architect of modern Panamanian shipping” for his priceless dedication and contribution to the Panamanian flag by setting the way to position Panama as the world’s number one Flag State.

PANAMA MARITIME DOCUMENTATION SERVICES INC. (PMDS), a subsidiary company of PANAMA MARITIME GROUP, is one of the first Panama-based companies to offer integrated solutions and services under a single company to the national and international maritime community.  As part of the group, we receive legal support and advice from TORRIJOS & ASOCIADOS, a law firm specialized in maritime and corporate law and a wide range of other areas; and rely on the training and certification support from the MARINE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION CENTRE, a maritime training center authorized to certify seafarers in full compliance with the provisions of the Convention STCW 1978 as amended.

PANAMA MARITIME DOCUMENTATION SERVICES INC. (PMDS) has been authorized by the following Flag Administrations to provide with class & statutory certification services:

  • Panama Maritime Authority (1989)
  • IMMARBE (1992)
  • Mongolia Ship Registry
  • Maritime Safety Administration of the People´s Republic of China (MSA China) to conduct surveys within the territory of China.
  • Commonwealth of Dominica
  • General Directorate of Merchant Marine of Honduras
  • Ecuador Flag Administration (for class)

To this end, the company relies on a global network of over qualified and experienced surveyors located in major international ports and coastal cities around the world, and receives outstanding support from our head office staff composed of qualified managerial, technical and supporting staff, including captains, naval architects, marine engineers, surveyors and others. As a result of this active synergy we are ranked among the best service providers in the maritime industry.

PANAMA MARITIME DOCUMENTATION SERVICES INC. (PMDS) have developed and implemented a Quality Management System, which have been certified under the ISO 9001: 2015 Standard requirements.

PANAMA MARITIME DOCUMENTATION SERVICES INC. (PMDS) is authorized as a Recognized Security Organization (RSO) for the purposes of The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code).  It was also authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority to issue the pertinent Certification in accordance with the requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) and to issue Class Certificates.