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The BMA represents The Bahamas at two major regional meetings

During the week of 26th June 2023, The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), along with the Bahamas Port Department, represented The Bahamas at both the Caribbean 2nd Regional Meeting of Directors and Heads of Maritime Administrations (DIHMAR) and the 28th annual Caribbean Port State Control Committee (CPSCC28).  The Bahamas delegation to the events, which were both hosted by the Maritime Authority of Antigua & Barbuda, consisted of BMA Managing Director and CEO, Captain Dwain Hutchinson, BMA Deputy Director and Head of Inspections & Surveys, Stephen Keenan, BMA Technical Officer, Kenneth Carey and Bahamas Port Controller Sr Cmdr. Berne Wright. 

The Bahamas has been an active member of the CMOU (Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control) for 26 years and plays a leadership role in the Committee’s activities, with BMA representatives participating in and contributing to the work of both of the CPSCC standing working groups – including serving as Chair of the Finance and Administration Standing Working Group. 

The Bahamas recognises the value and importance of collaboration within the Caribbean region to enable the harmonisation of efforts and ensure that the required onboard standards are maintained by ships operating within The Caribbean.  Appreciation is extended to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through the Technical Cooperation Division and the Office of the Caribbean Regional Coordinator and other regional stakeholder organisations whose contribution is critical to building capacity within the region.