The Flag Newsletter

Issue 39 – Summer 2023

The official newsletter of The Bahamas Maritime Authority

A message from the Managing Director and CEO Capt Dwain Hutchinson

It has been a busy few months for The BMA team.

The Bahamian Minister for Transport and Housing visits London

The Bahamas Maritime Authority was pleased to host the Bahamian Minister for Transport and Housing, Hon. JoBeth Coleby-Davis, in London.

Welcome to The Bahamas register

We welcome some of the latest ships to The Bahamas register.

Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps sees an increased number of graduates opting for a career in shipping

The Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC), which was first established by The Bahamas Ministry of Transport in 2004 to introduce high school students to employment opportunities in the maritime sector…

Providing a top-class service to Greece and the surrounding region

The BMA’s Piraeus office was established in 2014 with the aim to provide assistance on the ground to its many clients in Greece.

The BMA has launched a comprehensive online incident reporting tool for use by managers and owners

At the beginning of 2023, The BMA was pleased to announce the launch of its comprehensive online reporting portal for use by managers and owners.

News from Seafarers and Manning

Our Seafarers and Manning team  is committed to looking after the welfare of crew who serve onboard Bahamas flagged ships.

BMA-flagged vessels carry out rescues at sea

Recent rescues at sea for Bahamas flagged vessels.

The BMA announces its event for LISW23

All at The BMA are delighted that the Registry will be part of the exciting LISW23 week.

The BMA signs an MoU with Argenmar SA in Argentina

The BMA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Argenmar SA, a shipping group established in Argentina in 1992.

Agile Regulations

John Lloyd FNI is CEO of The Nautical Institute, an international representative body for maritime professionals.

The Bahamas is once again amongst the first members of the IMO Council to present its annual IMO member state assessment payment

The Bahamas continued its long-held tradition of making its annual member state assessment payment to the International Maritime Organisation.

IMO International Day for Women in Maritime

Celebrating women in the industry, the second IMO International Day for Women in Maritime, under the theme Mobilizing networks for gender equality.

BMA delegation connects with clients in Shanghai

The BMA team was in Shanghai, China for a promotional week in March.

The BMA partners with CLIA for ‘Business on the Beach’ at Seatrade Cruise Global, Fort Lauderdale

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) once again engaged with industry partners and stakeholders at Seatrade Cruise Global 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Congratulations to Dimitri Tsiftsis

Regional Director, Dimitri Tsiftsis, has been honoured with an award from Maritime Economies Magazine at its ‘Personalities of Greek Shipping 2023’.


Here at the Bahamas Maritime Authority, we are asked numerous questions every day, in this feature we try to answer some that we’re asked most frequently.