Kongsberg opens Panama office

(KONGSBERG, Norway) — Kongsberg Maritime has established a new country office in the Republic of Panama. Opened in January and situated in the Canal Zone close to Panama City, Kongsberg Maritime Panama will service merchant fleet customers transiting the canal and the extensive tug sector in the region, in addition to providing support for ongoing or planned land reclamation dredging and new port and terminal construction projects.

Kongsberg Maritime Panama expands the Norwegian-headquartered maritime technology company’s global presence to 65 offices, all operating in key shipbuilding, merchant shipping and offshore hot spots around the world. The Kongsberg Maritime Panama office is located in Panama City’s maritime district, close to ship terminals and launch boat stations for the waiting anchorages.

The setup and management of Kongsberg Maritime Panama is carried out by Peter Pigmans, closely supported by the Kongsberg Maritime office in New Orleans. Peter was previously a member of the merchant service and support team at Kongsberg Maritime Holland for nearly eight years.

“This new office is an important addition to Kongsberg Maritime’s worldwide service network. We are located in a merchant fleet hot spot, with good opportunities to carry out complex jobs, if necessary, on the anchorages — without disturbance during cargo operations,” said Pigmans.

In addition to providing service and support at ports and anchorages on both sides of the Panama Canal, Kongsberg Maritime Panama will also operate as a centrally located service and support hub for the countries in the region. With well-developed logistic centers and a fast-growing international airport, Panama is an ideal central location with direct and frequent flights to all major ports in Central and South America.

“Panama has seen rapid economic growth over the last decade and is one of the most politically stable countries in the region. There have been great improvements in infrastructure and logistics and there is a positive atmosphere. I am enthusiastic to be part of building up these new premises for Kongsberg Maritime and eager to make it a successful service station for the merchant division, while exploring opportunities in other sectors,” said Pigmans.

For more information, visit www.km.kongsberg.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff