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BMA and BSA annual meetings in Washington, USA

BMA and BSA annual meeting

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) and Executives of The Bahamas Shipowners Association (BSA) held their annual meeting from 4 – 5th September 2019 with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US based industry partners including Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA), Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) and Wisehealth.

These annual meetings provide the opportunity to share experience and engage in constructive dialogue on regulatory compliance matters for ships trading in US waters and the broader exchange of information for the effective implementation of the international requirements relating to safety, training, security and environmental protection.

The meeting coincided with the BMA receiving confirmation that The Bahamas has retained its USCG QUALSHIP21 certification which remains a global indicator of quality performance and recognises the quality standards being maintained by Bahamas flagged ships that operate in US waters. The BMA extends its appreciation and congratulations to its shipowners and their shipboard crews on this achievement. The BMA delegation was comprised of Stephen Keenan (Deputy Director-Inspection & Surveys) and Marie Caillerie (Head of Maritime Affairs Department).