Operates a global network of over 200 surveyors strategically located in major ports and coastal cities around the world in order to facilitate the coordination and conduct of surveys and the issuance of interim certificates while our technical department in Panama City (our headquarters) evaluates and issues the statutory certificates pursuant to the provisions of the international conventions and national regulations applicable to each individual case.  

Do not hesitate in contact us  for additional information. At PANAMA MARITIME DOCUMENTATION SERVICES INC. (PMDS), we will be more than willing to assist you with all survey processes and the issuance of the following certificates, subject to prior approval by the Panama Maritime Authority and IMMARBE:


Is an internationally renowned independent ship classification society, founded in Panama in 1989. As a leading ship classification society, we are also recognized as a highly reliable, impartial, third party assessment organization by ship-owners, shipyards, maritime insurers, and port state control agencies around the world. Our broad range of services encompass all aspects of ship assessment from the approval of vessel and machinery plans to the surveys and registration of ship installations, approval of materials, equipment and outfitting gear, as well as the assessment and registration of ship safety management systems and security systems.


class certification Statutory Certificates

  • Load Line
  • Tonnage
  • ISM Code
  • ISPS Code
  • MLC 2006
  • BWMC
  • AFS
  • Non-convention vessels

Manual Approvals

Plan Approvals

Technical Services

Services Suppliers

Service supplier” (a service supplier or a category of service supplier may be referred to hereafter simply as “supplier”) means a person or a company not employed by PMDS who, at the request of an equipment manufacturer, a shipyard, a Shipowner or another client, acts in connection with inspection work and provides services for a ship or a mobile offshore unit such as measurements, tests or maintenance of safety systems and equipment, the results of which are used by surveyors, taking decisions affecting classification or statutory certifications and services.

PMDS offers the following approval for services suppliers:

  • Service suppliers engaged in thickness measurements on ships or mobile offshore units
  • Service suppliers engaged in tightness testing of hatches with ultrasonic equipment
  • service suppliers carrying out an in-water survey on ships and mobile offshore units
  • service suppliers engaged in inspections and maintenance of fire-extinguishing equipment and systems
  • service suppliers engaged in servicing on inflatable liferafts, inflatable lifejackets, hydrostatic release units, inflatable rescue boat
  • service suppliers engaged in the inspections and testing of radio communication equipment or Radio Technician
  • service suppliers engaged in inspections and maintenance of self-contained breathing apparatus

Refer to the requirements here.