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BAHAMAS FLAG SHOWS QUALITY WITH QUALSHIP 21 STATUS

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) says it has again been included in the USCG 'Qualship 21' list which recognises the quality of Bahamas registered ships, their owners/managers and crew, operating to and from US ports.

The Bahamas says it always strives for zero detentions and is moving ever closer to this goal with just two detentions out of all the 538 US port state inspections of Bahamas flagged ships during the last year. Furthermore, The Bahamas is at the top of the so-called ‘Whitelist’ within the port state control regimes of the Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU.

Capt Dwain Hutchinson (pictured), BMA’s MD and CEO said: “We are delighted that the stringent attention to quality that is paid by all of our owners has been recognised once again and we would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to our owners, managers and crew onboard Bahamas registered ships, for this achievement. Together our dedication to applying, operating and maintaining Bahamas’ ships to the highest possible standards is a credit to The Bahamas, the BMA and your organisation.”

Qualship 21 recognises BMA’s teams, including its Recognised Organisations and Nautical Inspectors, commitment and dedication. The registry says that the support and advice it provides to owners to assist them with port state control and regulatory compliance issues, as well as the regular flag state inspections, statutory audits and surveys, ensure their ships comply in all respects with the international conventions and so uphold the reputation of The Bahamas.

Capt Hutchinson said: “Our owners, their managers and crew onboard their ships demonstrate the best values seen in the shipping industry and, along with all other ship owners, they are playing possibly the major role in the global response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic as they transport urgently needed food, medical supplies and provisions around the world. Today, we are all reminded more than ever of the vital role played by shipping and all who work within the industry, whether onboard or ashore, in the global economy.”

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