The Bahamas Maritime Authority’s Inspections and Surveys department is primarily responsible for ensuring that registered ships are in compliance with all statutory requirements as set out in the international Conventions and Codes to which The Bahamas is a party. Statutory surveys and certifications are carried out by Recognised Organisations on BMA’s behalf but it retains an overview of all statutory certifications issued.
Its Inspections and Surveys department approves all exemptions from statutory requirements, as well as proposals for equivalent arrangements. In addition, BMA operates an annual inspection programme so that it can verify that ships are well managed and maintained, and can also check that surveys are being carried out effectively by the Recognised Organisations.
BMA vets all ships that apply to be registered with the Bahamas flag so that it can be absolutely sure that they are in satisfactory condition and acceptable for registration, according to certain specific criteria. Deficiencies found on ships during Port State and Flag State inspections are rigorously followed up by BMA Inspectors. Its aim is to deal quickly and effectively with all parties involved so that each case is resolved as speedily as possible and Bahamas Registry vessels can continue their business in full compliance with all statutory requirements
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