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Bahamas Advantages


We value every vessel in our fleet

The Bahamas is considered to be one of the world’s premier ship registries. It offers shipowners, ship managers and their representatives a number of advantages.

24/7 Global Emergency Response

The BMA’s dedicated team is here to provide advice and support in case of emergencies and is available 24 hours a day. Its regional offices cover all four corners of the globe.

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Top Flag State in 7/10 PSC regimes

For the 17th consecutive year, The BMA has been included on the Paris MoU port state inspection whitelist of flag state performance and continues to maintain White List and Low Risk Flag Status

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Industry leading online registration system

The Bahamas operates and industry leading online registration information system (BORIS) delivering premier client customer service

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Bahamas Preferential Maritime Agreement with China

The Bahamas has negotiated for Bahamian flagged vessels to get a preferential 28% discount on all port tonnage dues in Chinese ports.

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Efficient registration process

Fully-manned offices in Asia, North America and two different European times zones providing a timely and effective registration process

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The Bahamas, Proud to maintain ‘Qualship 21’ Status

The BMA has maintained Qualship 21 status from the US Coast Guard since 2011, demonstrating our continued commitment to safety and quality improvement.

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Providing coverage in all major ports and regions, The Bahamas flag state inspector network helps ensure that ships comply with all regulations.

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Supporting a diversity of ship types

The Bahamas has a diverse portfolio of ships registered across most market sectors. It has developed an in-depth understanding of each sector’s specific needs.

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All vessel categories considered

The Bahamas considers ships of any age, category or tonnage, and all yachts, private and charter, of 12 metres in length or above for registration.

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Providing worldwide support

With offices located across Asia, Europe and America, The Bahamas is able to support owners and crews of its registered vessels wherever they are operating.

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Dual registration/ bareboat registration

The Bahamas provides dual, or bareboat, registration to vessels flagged with another ship register and allows its vessels to be bareboat registered elsewhere.

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Electronically issued certificates

Through its extensive online services, which are under continuous development, The Bahamas is able to issue electronic certificates so they can be accessed anywhere in the world.

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BMA approved LSA service providers

The Bahamas maintains a global list of carefully selected and approved Lifesaving Appliance (LSA) service providers, all operating under MSC.402(96).

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The Bahamas is a signatory of the Bustamante Code

The Bahamas satisfies the stringent requirements of the Convention of Private International Law of 1928 (Bustamante Code), so that its vessels are able to operate in Brazil.

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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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