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Thursday, February 20, 2020 

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has outlined its goals for the next 12 months, with quality growth, partnership, sustainability and the effective use of technology sitting at the top of its agenda.

Outlining his 2020 message to the industry, Captain Dwain Hutchinson, MD and CEO of the BMA, said maintaining its position in the list of the world’s top 10 largest ship registries was essential to the BMA, but never at the expense of quality. “Growth is important, but we will never compromise on our demand for, and expectation of, quality standards from our customers and the BMA team,” he said.

The Bahamas claims to be the preferred flag for the passenger cruise sector and a major player in the oil and gas sector. Top ranking from the perspective of port state inspections will be one measure to demonstrate the achievement of this goal.

Hutchinson said: “Building on our achievements in 2019, the BMA values the role that it plays as a Government-backed registry. We will continue our hard work in enabling The Bahamas to meet all its international obligations and we will strive to maintain a leadership role in the regulatory process at important global fora such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) while still operating efficiently and professionally at a local and regional level.” 

Hutchinson added that an international rather than a regional approach to regulation would help the industry meet the challenges for a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

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