The Flag Newsletter

Issue 40 – Spring 2024

The official newsletter of The Bahamas Maritime Authority

A message from the Managing Director and CEO Capt Dwain Hutchinson

As we have progressed through the first quarter of 2024, we have seen a continuation of the threats to seafarers

The Bahamas celebrates 50 years of independence

10 July 2023 marked 50 years of independence for The Bahamas. As we celebrated this golden anniversary, we reflected

The Bahamas is re-elected to the IMO Council

The Bahamas was successfully re-elected to the IMO Council for the period 2024- 2025. In a highly competitive campaign with 24 countries

The BMA represents The Bahamas at two major regional meetings

During the summer, The BMA, along with the Bahamas Port Department, represented The Bahamas at both the Caribbean 2nd Regional Meeting of Directors and Heads of Maritime Administrations (DIHMAR)

BMA runs a seminar for its Greek Stakeholders

The BMA was pleased to hold a seminar on 13th July 2023 in Athens, Greece, with the objective of updating its Greek stakeholders on regulatory and general technical matters. 

BMA Delegation spends a successful week in Beijing, China

Following on from the successful visit to Shanghai, China earlier in the summer, The BMA arranged a further promotional week in August, this time to the capital, Beijing.

Bahamas meeting with the US Coast Guard

As a part of its ongoing commitment to strategic collaboration with industry partners, members of The BMA and Bahamas Shipowners’ Association (BSA) held a meeting in August with the US…

First ‘in person’ passenger ship seminar since the pandemic took place in Miami

The  BMA was pleased to hold  a passenger  ship seminar in Miami, USA, in August, the first ‘in person’ seminar for this sector since the pandemic. The event was an…

Many thanks to our panellists and guests at BMA LISW23 event

The BMA would like to thank all of the expert speakers and attendees at our London International Shipping Week 2023 event in September. We were proud to be a silver…

Spotlight on Maritime Affairs

The BMA’s Maritime Affairs team are  The Bahamas Maritime Authority’s voice at regulatory meetings where they represent both The BMA and the broader Bahamas, ensuring the effective voice and participation…

BMA-flagged vessels carry out rescues at sea

Vessel Name: Ariana En route to Singapore, the crew saw a man waving from the sea.  The Ariana recovered the man who had gone overboard off the SE coast of…

Welcome to The Bahamas register

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

BMA participation at Maritime Cyprus Conference 2023

Joining more than 1200 representatives from the world of shipping at this year’s Maritime Cyprus

Congratulations to the new Chairman of The Bahamas Shipowners Association, Domenico Rognoni

The BMA would like to congratulate Captain Domenico Rognoni, Vice President of Carnival Cruise Line, who was appointed Chairman of The Bahamas Shipowners Association

The BMA attends the second CLIA ‘Cruise Forward Summit

The BMA’s Felicia Alleyne, New York Director, and Katie Clarke, Nassau Director, attended the second CLIA “Cruise Forward Summit” held from November 29 to December 1, 2023 in Miami, Florida.…

BMA attends the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments

Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, recently hosted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention). Taking place at the National Training…

Bahamian Women in Maritime are making their voices heard

The Bahamas was pleased to have had two representatives, Stacy Davis, Registrar in The BMA Nassau office and Lonna Bethel, Assistant Port Controller of the Nasssau Port Department attend the…

The BMA attends the annual Propeller Club dinner in Honour of Donors

Dimitri Tsiftsis, Regional Director of The BMA, was pleased to represent The Flag at the annual Propeller Club dinner

A first meeting for The BMA Board with the new Bahamas High Commissioner to The United Kingdom

The BMA Board Chairman, Jacqueline M. Simmons, and Deputy Chairman, Peter John Goulandris, were pleased to have a first meeting in London with H E Paul Gomez, the recently appointed…

Bahamas Ambassador to Japan is welcomed in The BMA’s Tokyo office

The BMA was pleased to welcome in Tokyo the newly appointed Bahamian Ambassador to Japan, H E Cedric Alexander Scott. He was greeted by The BMA’s Japan Director, Hitoshi Matsumoto…

BMA attends Marintec 2023 in China

Captain Jahangir Hussain Regional Director Marintec China is recognised as a key exhibition in the international maritime industry calendar and it was a pleasure for The BMA to be present…

NEAFC Annual Meeting Confirms The Bahamas As Active Cooperating Non-Party For 2024

The 42nd Annual Meeting of the North-East Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) took place in London in November 2023.  The Bahamas delegation, led by Captain Dwain Hutchinson and BMA Technical and Compliance Officer…

The BMA sponsors WISTA UK’s Summer Drinks

The BMA is proud to have sponsored the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) UK Summer Drinks which was held at the IMO building in during the summer.  The BMA continues to be an advocate of women in shipping…

First trip to Southern China for The Bahamas Maritime Authority

The BMA was pleased to organise two trips to China earlier in the year, to both Shanghai and Beijing.

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…


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.