The Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Bahamas Shipowners Association are offering attractive scholarships to young academically sound Bahamians who are keen to train for careers in the Shipping Industry – a sector that is gaining increasing national importance according to the BMA.

The scholarship is inclusive of tuition, fees, course material, accommodation and transportation costs. Commencing in September 2005, successful candidates will follow a four (4) year degree programme at the California Maritime Academy in the United States. Upon completion of the degree, the qualified officers will be expected to serve on board a Bahamian flagged vessel for at least 2 years.

Further information and application forms can be obtained from the BMA, Attn: Erma Rahming Mackey, Assistant Director. Telephone Contact: (242) 394 3024.

Completed applications must be submitted with copies of academic certificates and proof of Bahamian citizenship.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority manages the Bahamas Ship Registry – considered the third largest ship registry in the world with over 35 million gross tons on record. The Bahamas continues to attract quality vessels, adhering to all relevant IMO conventions, and recognising its responsibility for all ships flying its flag. The BMA ensures that owners fulfill obligations with regard to safety of ship and crew, as well as the protection of the environment.