Bahamas records lowest ever number of annual port state control detentions

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) announced on Tuesday that it has recorded its lowest ever number of annual detentions following port state control (PSC) inspections with only 24 ships being detained in 2018.

“These results build on the BMA’s impressive track record of supporting its maritime clients comprehensively, rapidly and proactively,” said Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells.

BMA’s Chair, Mrs J. Denise Lewis-Johnson said, “This further demonstrates our continuous efforts to uphold the highest quality of ships under our register.

“It also reinforces our commitment to ensuring compliance with the international conventions requirements,” she said.

Port State Control (PSC ) is an internationally agreed regime for the inspection of foreign ships in ports other than those of the vessel’s flag state with the aim being to eliminate the operation of sub-standard ships.

PSC Officers are required to inspect a ship for compliance aligned with the requirements of the international conventions, such as SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, and MLC 2006.

White listed and considered a ‘low risk’ flag within the Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU, The Bahamas has also secured Qualship 21 status from the United States Coast Guard.

The BMA’s Acting Managing Director & CEO Captain Dwain Hutchinson said, “ultimately, these achievements are as a result of working closely with our ship owners and managers to ensure that their ships and shipboard crew meet the required high-quality standards. By doing so, we can play an integral role in helping to keep their ships moving and avoid detentions or delays,”

Established in 1995, the government-controlled Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is responsible for regulating Bahamian ships world-wide and the fulfilment of international obligations pertaining to The Bahamas as a flag state.

With a head office in The Bahamas, it has a network of regional offices worldwide in London, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan and USA.

With a fleet of over 1500 ships, consisting of some 64 million gross tons, the BMA’s reputation for upholding the highest standards of safety, security and environmental protection is unparalleled.