Inchcape Shipping Services Panama City provides one of the best examples of the integration of a local company into a group of worldwide reach.
Our roots go back to the Pacific Steam Navigation Company (PSNC), which began operations in the Gulf of Panama in 1845. After the construction of the Panama Canal, PSNC opened its offices in the Atlantic Terminal, Colon and was represented by the Ford Company in balboa in 1961, when the two companies merged creating Pacific-Ford.
In 1984, the company joined with Inchcape Shipping Services and completed its union with the company in 1995, becoming Inchcape Shipping Services, S.A.
Panama City is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama, located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is a ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade, serving more than 144 of the world’s trade routes, with the majority of traffic coming from the "All-Water Route" (the route from Asia to the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts via the Panama Canal).
The Panama Canal has seen annual traffic rise from about 1,000 ships when it first opened in 1914 to 14,702 vessels in 2008, with many of the vessels being much larger than the original planners could have ever envisioned.
ISS Panama City provides full husbandry services to vessels transiting the Panama Canal or calling at Panamanian ports and anchorages. Our experienced bilingual operations team have an excellent working knowledge of local marine regulations, and utilise this expertise to save your vessel time and expense. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our customer website has regular updates on the current status of the Panama Canal, detailing the current traffic situation, transit times, lane outages, changes in regulations, and much more.