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Cruise line stakeholder engagement – Miami, Florida

The week of 09 – 13 December saw the BMA participate in a number of cruise line industry events which further reinforced the breadth and depth of its engagement with key stakeholders and customers in that sector.

As well as individual meetings with Shipowners and Class Societies, the BMA delivered a Cruise Ship Technical Seminar which was well attended and stimulated many discussions ranging from inspections, innovative designs, safe return to port and regulatory compliance.   The BMA’s CEO and Managing Director Capt. Dwain Hutchinson and BMA Nassau Office Registrar Stacey Davis attended this year’s Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) Executive Partner Summit with Captain Hutchinson taking part in the Regulatory Update panel which covered a range of regulatory topics with the Sulphur Cap 2020 and environmental compliance being the hot topics.

The Cruise Ship Safety Forum (CSSF), first established in 2001, is a tripartite consortium of cruise ship operators, shipyards and classification societies, the BMA represented by Stephen Keenan (Deputy Director Inspection & Surveys) and Kenneth Carey (BMA Technical Officer) had the opportunity to participate and contribute in the CSSF’s meeting to discuss technical recommendations intended to advance cruise ship safety. As the largest passenger ship port in the world, Miami is a central hub for global cruise lines and the BMA’s leadership team held its regular meeting with the United States Coast Guard Miami MSO Inspection Department team in efforts to maintain relationship and discuss mutual issues relating to passenger ships and operation in the Caribbean region.