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The Bahamas Maritime Authority is delighted to be a Partner of SHIPPINGInsight 20/20 – A Vision for the Decade.

Posted on: 13th October 2020

Tom Jenkins, Deputy Director and Head of The BMA’s Investigations Department, will be chairing a discussion with panellists representing international bodies and associations, addressing safety on the high seas. They will focus on seafarer welfare and the impact COVID 19 is having on the maritime industry.           Capt. Steve Bomgardner, Regional Director […]

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Crewing In Crisis – Please Join The Debate

Posted on: 6th October 2020

The Bahamas Shipowners Association has worked to bring together the Secretary Generals of ITF and ICS, the CEO of the BMA and the President of ECSA to discuss the ongoing problems for crews during the COVID-19 crisis. Crewing in Crisis is an event that will address the many challenges faced by crews today around the […]

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World Maritime Day 2020

Posted on: 24th September 2020

As a Maritime Nation, consisting of an Archipelago of some 700 islands, rocks and cays spread over some 100,000 square miles of beautiful coral seas; preservation of the marine environment is paramount to The Bahamas. The IMO’s theme of ‘Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet’ encompasses our values and commitment to enhancing the safety of […]

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The BMA Launches Major Enhancements to its Online Registration Information System

Posted on: 21st September 2020

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is delighted to announce that it has made some significant enhancements to its digital platform, the Bahamas Online Registration Information System (BORIS). These developments mean that companies registering for this service will be able to digitally access many of the services offered by The BMA. These services include check and reserve […]

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Securing Paris MoU White list status demonstrates the consistent quality performance of The Bahamas Flag

Posted on: 7th July 2020

Highlighting The Bahamas’ reputation as a premier register, the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is delighted to once again be ranked the top non-European ship register and in the top three of all registries in the recently released Paris MoU White List rankings on port state inspection performance during 2019. The Bahamas has consistently ranked highly […]

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Day of the Seafarer

Posted on: 24th June 2020

At the time of writing this note, we are entering the sixth month of the COVID-19 pandemic which, whilst devastating from a public safety point of view, has raised the profile of the so called invisible “key” workers who sustain our economy and, more importantly, are critical to combating the spread of the virus and […]

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The BMA appoints Captain Ghulam Hussain as Deputy Director (Maritime Affairs)

Posted on: 20th May 2020

As a continuously serving member of the IMO council since 1999 and an active participant at all IMO meetings, The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has played a key leadership role in much of the maritime decision making that has taken place over the past few decades. The BMA is therefore pleased to announce the appointment […]

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Time for a rethink on what a quality flag really is…

Posted on: 6th April 2020

For those wondering what a quality flag represents, they need look no further than The Bahamas. Its steadfast commitment to quality and safety has once again been recognised by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) through its Qualship 21 programme (Quality Shipping for the 21st Century). The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is proud to be included in the USCG  ‘Qualship 21′ list which recognises the quality of […]

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COVID-19: General BMA information

Posted on: 17th March 2020

To all our valued customers, stakeholders and partners,   The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) continues to follow the expert advice of the World Health Organisation and local national medical Authorities on COVID-19.  We are aware of the ongoing challenges being faced by the entire shipping sector due to the COVID-19 outbreak.   The BMA wishes […]

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Postponement of Bahamas Maritime Week

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Dear All it is with deep regret that we announce that Bahamas Maritime Week, scheduled to take place in The Bahamas with a series of events on March 23-27, has been postponed due to the global impact of COVID-19. We had been so looking forward to celebrating, with our dear industry friends and with the […]

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Virgin Voyages chooses to fly The Bahamas flag

Posted on: 27th February 2020

The Bahamas continues to cement its position as the preferred flag for the passenger ship sector with the exciting addition of the luxury cruise ship ‘Scarlet Lady’ – a new entrant to the cruise industry led by Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages.   The BMA’s CEO, Captain Dwain Hutchinson, was delighted to be invited onboard where […]

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The BMA joins the North American Marine Environment Protection Association

Posted on: 26th February 2020

The Bahamas Maritime Authority is delighted to announce that it has just become a member of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). NAMEPA is  an organisation of marine industry members, all sharing a fundamental belief that the marine environment should be preserved by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students […]

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