The Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Bahamas Shipowners Association are offering attractive scholarships to young academically sound Bahamians who are keen to train for an exciting and challenging career in the Maritime Industry, which is gaining increasing national importance.

These scholarships are inclusive of tuition, fees, course material, accommodation and transportation costs. Commencing in September 2006, successful candidates will follow a 4-year degree programme at the California Maritime Academy, a unique campus of the California State University. Upon completion of the degree, the qualified officers will be expected to serve on board a Bahamian flagged vessel for at least 2 years, providing the solid foundation on which to build their maritime careers.

Further information may be obtained from:

Mrs. Erma Rahming Mackey
Assistant Director
Bahamas Maritime Authority
Gold Circle Complex, East Bay Street
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Tel: (242) 394-3024
Fax: (242) 394-3014

The Maritime Authority is responsible for the Bahamas Shipping Registry, which continues to maintain its position as the world’s third largest international fleet, measured by gross tonnage. It also is the undisputed lead Flag for cruise ships. BMA has offices in Nassau, London and New York.

The ongoing policy of the Authority in terms of sector development has been “growth with quality” — demonstrated by the number of high quality owners now using the Register. The success of the registry also is attributed to many of the factors that have positioned The Bahamas as a leading financial services centre: a progressive legislative and judicial system, political stability, neutral tax regime, and competitive fees.