Chapter IV, Section One

ORGANIC LAW PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY
PANAMA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
LAW No. 19
(of June 11, 1997)
"WHEREBY THE PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY IS ORGANIZED"

Chapter IV - Vessels and Navigation

Section One - Board of Inspectors


Article 60. The Authority shall have a Board of Inspectors that will perform the following functions:

  1. Conduct vessel inspections and investigations of the facts, actions, or omissions that have caused damage to vessels, their cargo, crew, passengers, or any property or worker of the Authority as a result of their transit of the Canal.
  2. Submit to the Administrator a detailed report of the investigation, issue an opinion on the causes of and responsibilities for the accident, and identify the nature, scope, and estimated cost of the damages that resulted or may result from same.

The Regulations shall establish the composition of this Board; investigative procedures; the identification of interested parties that shall have access to the report; the procedures to submit claims to the Authority; and determine any other function the Authority may deem necessary.

Article 61. In any inspection or investigation referred to in the preceding article, the Board of Inspectors may:

  1. Summon witnesses or other persons to testify on matters of their competence.
  2. Administer oaths to the deponents.
  3. Request the submission of logs or documents it deems necessary.
  4. Obtain the support of competent authority to enforce the above provisions when an individual refuses to appear or provide the requested logs or documents.

Article 62. The investigations, inspections, and other procedures mentioned in this Section shall be conducted in accordance with this Law and its Regulations.

Section Two: Damages Resulting from Navigation