Seafarers Documents

The Bahamas is a party to the STCW and is on the IMO White-list of countries who have given full effect to this Convention. The Seafarers and Manning Department issues all seafarers documentation, including:

  1. Bahamas Flag State Endorsements – 108
  2. Bahamas STCW Deck and Engineer Officer Certificates – 104
  3. Offshore Certification – 105
  4. Seaman Record Books – 107
  5. Ship Security Officer Certificate of Proficiency – 118
  6. Tanker Training & Certificates / Endorsements – 106
  7. Passenger Ship Training & Certificates – 135
  8. Bahamas STCW GMDSS Radio Operator, Able Seafarer and Rating Certificates – 153

The aim is to process these documents in a timely manner and guidelines incorporating the procedures and other relevant information have been developed to ensure that the correct supporting documentation is submitted in order to avoid any undue delays. The Bahamas On-line Registration Information System (BORIS) enables registered users to securely submit applications electronically, via the web, for Bahamas Flag State Endorsements, Seaman Record Books, Ship Security Officer, Offshore and other relevant training and proficiency certificates on behalf of seafarers who are employed or intended to be employed on board Bahamian registered ships. More details on and registration for BORIS is available by this link

In accordance with the STCW requirements, The Bahamas has signed agreements with a number of STCW parties for recognition of seafarers training. The list of countries are outlined in BMA Bulletin No. 121

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