Last year saw an increase of 6% in shipping tonnage registered with the Bahamas Maritime Authority, with total gt now recorded at 32.5 million. Tankers account for 25% of ships flying the Bahamian flag, and cruise ships 12%.

During 2001, the BMA finalised the computerization of the register, and introduced a new publication, *”The Complete Merchant Shipping Legislation of The Bahamas”.*