NASSAU, The Bahamas — The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has announced that for the tenth consecutive year, it has been included on the Paris MoU whitelist of flag state performance and has moved up six places, securing the number two spot.
Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Renward Wells said: “The BMA’s impressive track record of delivering quality service, as demonstrated by this positive outcome, is remarkable and one that The Bahamas, our customers and industry partners should be extremely proud of.”
BMA’s Chair, Mrs. J. Denise Lewis-Johnson says: “Port state inspection is one of the recognized industry indicators of quality performance and this achievement by The Bahamas, within Paris MOU ports, once again demonstrates the BMA’s commitment to the highest standards and is evidence of our ships adhering to these standards.”
The White List represents quality flags with a consistently low detention record and The Bahamas’ record within the Paris MOU aligns with the lowest ever number of annual detentions following Port State Control inspections in 2018, which recognizes and rewards vessels, their owners and flag administrations for their commitment to safety and quality.
“This level of compliance is very much a collaborative approach and the BMA extends its congratulations and appreciation to all Bahamian ship-owners, managers and their shipboard crew for ensuring that Bahamas registered ships comply with the international convention requirements and avoid delays following port state inspection,” said Managing Director & CEO, Captain Dwain Hutchinson.
The Bahamas is also considered a ‘low risk’ flag within the Tokyo MoU and has also secured Qualship 21 status from the United States Coast Guard, which recognizes and rewards ships, their owners and flag administrations for their commitment to safety and quality.
Established in 1995, the government-controlled Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is responsible for regulating Bahamian ships worldwide and the fulfillment of international obligations pertaining to The Bahamas as a flag state. With a head office in The Bahamas, it has a network of regional offices worldwide in UK, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan and USA.
With a fleet of over 1,500 ships, consisting of some 65 million gross tons, the BMA’s reputation for upholding the highest standards of safety, security and environmental protection is unparalleled.