The Flag Newsletter

Issue 38 – December 2022

The official newsletter of The Bahamas Maritime Authority

Editor’s Foreword

Welcome to the 38th edition of The Flag newsletter, bringing you the latest news from The Bahamas Maritime Authority as well as contributions from other industry bodies.

A message from the Managing Director and CEO Capt. Dwain Hutchinson

Looking back at the past few months, so much has changed for us all.  Living with COVID-19 is presenting different challenges depending on where you are in the world.   

Welcome to The Bahamas register

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

Bahamas Maritime Week 2022 – introducing a new generation to shipping

It was with great pride that we looked back on the first Bahamas Maritime Week since COVID-19 postponed the proposed 2020 event. 

World Maritime Day 2022

The IMO has always highlighted the issues that are really crucial to the future of maritime and this year’s World Maritime Day theme of ‘new technologies for greener shipping’ was…

Seafarers and Manning – taking care of Maritime’s greatest resource

In each edition of The Flag we are taking the opportunity to introduce readers to one of our departments, giving more information about the work they undertake and shining some…

Trust through excellence with Campbell Shipping

Employee-focused and client-driven – that’s the philosophy that drives Campbell Shipping forward.

The BMA expands services to yacht owners

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is pleased to announce that it has expanded its services to yacht owners

New enhancements to BORIS are on their way

The BMA is continuously researching new ways to improve the experience of our clients so we are very pleased to announce that we are in the testing phase of enhancements…

The BMA to launch comprehensive online reporting tool

In line with The Bahamas Maritime Authority’s (BMA) commitment to consistently high standards and exceptional service, it is pleased to announce that it is developing a comprehensive online reporting portal…

The Bahamas recognised for its consistently high-quality standards

The Bahamas has been recognised by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for the excellent quality of its fleet.

Bahamas Shipowners Association Industry Forum

The Bahamas Shipowners Association (BSA) AGM, held in October, was followed by a fascinating Industry Forum entitled ‘Crewing in Crisis.

Prompt accident reporting can help to reduce enclosed space deaths

Prompt reporting of accidents in enclosed spaces onboard ships is essential to enable the shipping industry to work collectively to reduce deaths on ships. 

Norwegian Gem migrant rescue mission

The Bahamas Maritime Authority extends its congratulations and gratitude to the crew and ship owners of the Norwegian Gem.

Recent rescues at sea – recognising the heroic actions of crews on Bahamas flagged ships

Recent rescues at sea for Bahamas flagged vessels.

A warm welcome for The Bahamas in Korea and Japan

The BMA was pleased to appoint Ben Line as its Korean agent at the end of 2021 but it is only recently that our Managing Director and CEO, Capt. Hutchinson,…

Recent events and activities

Recent events and activities The BMA have attended.


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.