In cooperation with the embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands in Panama, the Panama Maritime Chamber and the City of Knowledge, PortXL is delighted to invite you to this online session focused on maritime innovation challenges in Panama.

What to expect

During this interactive session PortXL brings together international ports, maritime companies, start-ups and other sector stakeholders in the digital world. During a one hour session several innovation challenges are presented by representatives from international ports and maritime companies. Start-ups and other participants have the opportunity to respond and present solutions to challenges by answering polls and using the chatbox. One of the goals of this session is to bridge the gap between maritime corporates and start-ups by creating connections and making matchmaking possible.

Maritime challenges in Panama

International ports share similar challenges when it comes to sustainability, digitization and port efficiency. Panama is known as a maritime hub for shipping and logistics. The Panama Canal cuts through its center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, making it one of the most important shipping routes in the world.

Panama’s geographical location also poses environmental challenges. Due to the tidal difference and subsequent shock waves, bunkering and shipping activities are heavily affected on both the Pacific and Caribbean coastal areas.

Digitization (IOT, blockchain and online platforms) offer new opportunities for maritime and logistics companies in the Panama ecosystem. The improvement of efficiency and optimization of supply chains is essential for Panama to hold on to its position as smart logistics hub in the region.

For whom?

This session is especially interesting for start-ups (and scale-ups) with solutions for maritime and port-related industries. Next to start-ups, also parties with a general interest for maritime innovation and start-ups, such as representatives from port authorities, maritime corporates and other stakeholders are more than welcome to participate.

Preliminary Program:

  • Welcome by Ilse Smits, Dutch ambassador to Panama
  • Key note presentation (topic and speaker t.b.a.)
  • Challenge 1: shock waves due to tidal differences in Panama waters pose challenges for companies active in bunkering and shipping activities (speaker t.b.a.)
  • Challenge 2: availability and traceability of marine products, consumables, equipment and service products (speaker t.b.a.)


Please register by via the registration link below. There are no costs for participation. The session is in English.

Register for the online session about maritime innovation challenges in Panama