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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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Safe Boarding Round Table

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How aware is the industry of the safety hazards encountered by crew, passengers and pilots when boarding and disembarking vessels?   Felicia Alleyne, registrar at the Bahamas Maritime Authority, recently took part in a Round Table hosted by The American Club. The event, held on 19 February 2020, opened up the topic of safe boarding […]

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The Bahamas focuses on quality, partnership, sustainability and how the human element will fit with technology in 2020

Posted on: 20th February 2020

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has outlined its goals for the next 12 months, with quality growth, partnership, sustainability and the effective use of technology sitting at the top of its agenda. Outlining his 2020 message to the industry, Captain Dwain Hutchinson, Managing Director and CEO of the BMA, said maintaining its position in the […]

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The Bahamas is one of the first Council members to present its annual assessment payment to the IMO

Posted on: 11th February 2020

On 5th February 2020, The Bahamas continued its long-held tradition of making its annual assessment payment to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in full and in advance of the payment deadline. The contribution for 2020 was followed up by a courtesy call at the IMO’s London headquarters by a team of representatives from The Bahamas […]

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Captain Steve Bomgardner joins the growing team at The Bahamas Maritime Authority

Posted on: 28th January 2020

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has underlined its commitment to servicing the needs of its clients by appointing Captain Steve Bomgardner as a Regional Director and Business Development Director. He will be responsible for leading The BMA’s presence in North America as well as developing markets globally for the registry. The Americas is one of […]

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Cruise line stakeholder engagement – Miami, Florida

Posted on: 23rd December 2019

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 […]

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Bahamas successfully re-elected to IMO Council

Posted on: 3rd December 2019

The Bahamas was successfully re-elected to the IMO Council for the period 2020-2021 securing the sixth highest number of votes for Category C. This achievement demonstrates the confidence that the IMO Members States have in the positive contribution and proactive engagement of The Bahamas, through competent and experienced personnel of The Bahamas Maritime Authority and […]

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