In 2012, he joined the maritime surveys company British Maritime Surveys, S.A. His responsibilities spanned both the area of maritime inspections and administrative and managerial departments, maintaining personal contact with clients.
In 2016, two fellow students from the maritime academy invited him to join Marine Services Solutions, S.A. with the interest of offering a greater range of services to the national and international maritime industry, particularly in the areas of marine inspections and naval repairs, supplies and marine consultancy. During this period, Capt. Sanchez was also working for the Panama Maritime Authority as Technical Officer in the Seamen’s Certification department, dealing with the requirements of the STCW and MLC conventions.
In 2018 Capt. Erick Sanchez joined the team of the Permanent Mission of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as technical adviser, where he was in charge of issues related to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and their subcommittees (SDC, PPR, SSE, HTW, CCC,III, NCSR), in order to develop the international regulations related to the IMO’s international conventions, such as SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, MLC, STCW, etc.