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OVERVIEW

MEC Panama provides worldwide customers with shipyard extended solutions.

It is the mission of the entire staff of MEC Panama to provide the best value in ship repairs on the North and South American continents. Our goal is to provide proper ship repairs at a reasonable price, in a predictable and agreed allotted time, at an acceptable level of quality.

Customer satisfaction can ONLY be achieved by value and our formula for value is pretty simple:

TIME + PRICE x QUALITY = VALUE

COMPANY

MECPanama is a profit company incorporated in Panama since 1999. Today our operations include seven dry docks at our facilities located at Balboa Shipyards and Veracruz.

MEC's main area of expertise is Ship Repair Services. During our more than 11 years of experience, the company has performed very demanding works, including: Afloat Ship Repairs, Permanent Dry Ship Repairs, Temporary Underwater Repairs, Permanent Underwater Repairs, Ship Bow Thruster Repairs, Crane Repairs, Mechanical Ship Repairs and Dry Docking Repairs.

HISTORY

Our History

MEC, under the name Marine Pollution Prevention & Consulting Services (MARPOL) started operations in 1999, with the aim of providing pollution control services in Panama. However, the company very soon became aware of the lack of cost effective and high quality ship repair services in Panama and the urgent need to provide ship repair solutions to vessels transiting the Panama Canal. In 2002, the company was thrilled with the name of the company, associated with the MARPOL convention, a real distraction to customers of our ship repair services. Therefore the company decided to change the name to MARINE ENGINEERS CORPORATION (PANAMA) INC, or MEC, as we are known by our returning customers.

2002-2005

During these years, MEC started to promote its services around the world, offering ship repair services to the ship owners calling at the ports of Panama and of the Region. By the year 2005, the company was solidly established as one of the main ship repair companies in the Central American region. Also by the end of the year 2005, the company started to work with the Panamax Dry Dock Facility and Braswell Shipyard both owned by the Panamanian Government and managed by the Braswell family.

2005-2007

The company very quickly became the main contractor of the shipyard, servicing the three dry docks of the facility and gaining valuable experience as a shipyard repair service company. By the end of 2007, the company had decided to become a shipyard on its own and started on the path to achieving this goal.

2007-2009

The company continued to work as a sub-contractor at the shipyard facility, but began operating several small shipyard facilities on a lease basis. The main ones were the Canal’s facility in Mount Hope, which had a capacity for vessels 120 meters in length and 20 meters in breadth, and the former Astilleros Veracruz International, a slip way shipyard facility located on the Pacific Side of the Panama Canal, with a similar capacity to the the Panama Canal facility on the Atlantic.

2010

Almost 11 years after founding of the company and the first repair services, MEC was able to buy the Veracruz facility and, on March 15, 2010, started operations in the new shipyard, with the entrance of a 700 ton small supply tanker vessel. Today, the company still carries out the afloat repairs that continue to be our customer’s main requirement, but is in the process of upgrading the Veracruz shipyard to service vessels 150 meters in length and to have, in the next 3 years, a Panamax pier facility.

TECHNICAL TEAM

Our Technical Team

SHIPYARD
Johann Michael Bellmann, Over 30 years experience, as Chief Engineer, Technical Superintendent, Fleet Manager and Director of Bloom & Voss Industries.
AFLOAT REPAIRS
David Cohen, Naval Architect with 25 years experience on Structural Steel Repairs, Commercial Diving, and Salvage Operations.
PROPULSION
Jaime Gibbs, Over 40 years experience, including 30 years as Chief Mechanic at Balboa Shipyard, with over 1,200 vessels attended.
QUALITY
Mario Breton, Over 40 years experience, including 20 of those as Senior Surveyor Bureau Veritas.
PAINT
Daniel Ryan, Over 37 years experience, including 15 of those as Senior Paint Inspector for Jotun, International, Hempel and Chugoku Paints Manufacturer.
WELDING
Carlos Umanzor, Over 30 years experience, including 20 years as Senior Chief Welder certified by ABS, Lloyds and Bureau Veritas.

CERTIFICATIONS

Our Certifications

MEC Shipyards, has divided its Ship Repair Services on two areas, Underwater Ship Repairs, by means of the group organization Underwater Services S.A. and Above the Water Ship Repairs, by Marine Engineers Corporation (Panama) Inc, (aka MEC). Therefore the approvals for the two areas are divided by company.

Marine Engineers Corporation (Panama) Inc, works under Welding Procedure Specifications approved by the major IACS of the world. Its welders are approved on 6G, 4G and 3G welding positions with various IACS and are approved for Ship Repairs by the Panama Maritime Authority. The company quality ISO 2001: 2008 is being audited by DNV and is on the process to be certified.

  • MEC Shipyards ABS Certification
  • MEC Shipyards Bureau Veritas Certification
  • MEC Shipyards Lloyd's Register Certification

Underwater Services SA, is approved for In Due Dry Dock Underwater Video Inspections by all major IACS. Also works under a ISO 9001: 2008 quality system approved by ABS, and is approved member company of ADCI.

  • MEC Shipyards American Bureau of Shipping ABS Certification
  • MEC Shipyards Bureau Veritas Certification
  • MEC Shipyards Lloyd's Register Certification
  • MEC Shipyards ABS Quality Certification Evaluation
  • MEC Shipyards Det Norske Veritas DNV Certification
  • MEC Shipyards GL Certification
  • MEC Shipyards Germanisher Lloyds Certification
  • MEC Shipyards ADC Diver Certification

MECStores SA, is approved and registered partner of the main shipserv and ship catalogs organizations, namely ISSA and IMPA.

  • MEC Shipyards International Shipsuppliers & Services Association
  • MEC Shipyards Impa Catalog
  • MEC Shipyards MEC Panama
  • MEC Shipyards ShipServ
  • MEC Shipyards International Paints by Azko Nobel

LOCATIONS

MEC SHIPYARDS BALBOA HEAD QUARTERS

Located at the entrance of the Panama Canal, on the Balboa Port Terminal, with over 12 hectares of Industrial Shipyard Facility, is the Main office of MEC SHIPYARDS.

VERACRUZ (West Balboa) SHIPYARD

With over 1.5 Hectares of Shipyard Facilities, at the Pacific Side of the Panama Canal, and with only 15 minutes from the Balboa Port Terminal and MEC Headquarters, is located at the small town of Veracruz, our slipway yard facility.

BALBOA ANCHORAGE

We have various safe and deep draft anchorage locations, where we can perform any Top Side Repairs.

CRISTOBAL ANCHORAGE

On the Cristobal Inner Roads, with Panama Canal authorization we can offer Full Afloat Repair Services.

COLON 2000

A Panamax Lay By Berth available for emergency repairs at the Atlantic Entrance of the Manzanillo Bay.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

MEC PANAMA is a corporation under the direction and control of a Corporate Governance. The rights and responsibilities among the different participants of the Corporation is established under a structure through which the objectives of the Board of Directors and Stakeholders are pursue, reflecting the context of the social, regulatory and market environment.

COO / VP SHIPYARD OPERATIONS
Johann Michael Bellmann
Over 30 years’ experience, as Chief Engineer, Technical Superintendent, Fleet Manager and Director of Blohm + Voss Industries.
VP AFLOAT OPERATIONS
David Cohen
Over 25 years’ experience, Mechanical Engineer and Naval Architect with 25 experience on Structural Steel Repairs, Commercial Diving, Salvage, Shipyard and Afloat Repair Operations.
CFO / VP FIANANCES
Simon Ruiz
Over 23 years of experience on management of International Corporations. With a college degree in accounting, a post graduate degree in Strategic Business Administration, an MBA with specialization in marketing, an graduated in International Financial and Reporting Standards (IFRS).
VP INTERNAL AUDITOR
Aracelys De Cerezo
Over 20 years’ experience as Lead Auditor, including International Auditing Leading firms such as Deloitte. Is an active member of the Association of Women Counters Panama.
RESPONSIBILITY

WE ARE A GREAT TEAM

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Afloat Repairs Agent of Sales

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Underwater Agent of Sales

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Chandlering Agent of Sales

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