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Yacht Registration


The Bahamas Maritime Authority is a well-respected flag worldwide and continues to be a top performing flag on the whitelists of the Paris MoU (Europe and Canada) and Tokyo MoU (Asia and Australia) and of the USCG Qualship21 program.

The BMA provides a straightforward, cost effective and efficient registration procedure for private and charter yachts of 12 metres in length and above, and for passenger yachts.

The only flag with a dedicated code for small charter yachts, The BMA is a pioneering flag with a Passenger Yachts Code (PYC) to allow yachts to carry more than 12, and up to 36, passengers. Meeting the growing demand from yacht owners to be able to carry more guests on board.

The BMA has developed specific technical and surveys requirements, tailored to small (12 to 24 metres) and large (over 24 metres) yachts in charter (commercial) or private (non-commercial) use and for private yachts in restricted charter use.

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Registration Fee Calculator


We register New Yachts, Existing Yachts and Yachts under construction. Visit the link below to access The BMA’s Online Vessel Registration Fee Calculator and our Registration Team is available to answer any queries.

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BORIS – Online Services


The BMA has developed an industry leading online registration information system (BORIS) for registered owners, ISM managers and authorised manning agents of Bahamas registered vessels.

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Yacht Services Team – Contact us


Receive specialist support from a member of our Yacht Team or contact a member of our Registration Team.

General Yacht Enquiries:
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7562 1300
Email: [email protected]

Technical Services – Point of Contact:
Giovanni Ciniglio[email protected]

Yacht Registration – Point of Contact:
Stacy Davis[email protected]

Yacht STCW – Point of Contact:
Oli Olsen[email protected]

Yacht MLC – Point of Contact:
Oli Olsen[email protected]

Yacht Casualty – Point of Contact:
Tom Jenkins[email protected]