The Bahamas Shipowners Association welcomes all to this website and trust you will find it informative and of assistance.
The Bahamas Shipowners Association was inaugurated in London on 11 July 1997 by the then Bahamas Minister of Transport, James F Knowles.
The Association's members have common interests and a common purpose and, having joined, most choose to remain members of this influential and effective body. They pool knowledge and experience, and collectively provide a clear voice in BMA thinking.
The Association's elected Board of Directors is made up of owners from various nations and shipping sectors - ferry and shortsea vessels, cruise ships, reefers, high quality tankers and operators of dry bulk carriers. No group goes unheard or unrepresented. The Board holds regular meetings to review proposals that affect the shipping industry. And delegations from the Association hold their own discussions with the US Coast Guard and the European Commission.
The Association's constitution sets out its objectives and provisions.
- to promote the interests of owners of Bahamian registered vessels and to facilitate dialogue between the Bahamas Maritime Authority and shipowners.
- to offer owners the chance to be proactive in discussing prospective international policy changes, especially with regard to IMO deliberations.
- to meet with international bodies such as the European Community and the US Coast Guard to lobby on behalf of the interests of Bahamas flagged vessels.
- a Secretariat provides a Manager and a Secretary to liaise with the Board, members and IMO Correspondent and a Treasurer who keeps accounts and issues yearly and budget accounts.
- the appointment of an IMO Correspondent who enables members to be better informed about the work of the IMO so that they can offer their views and advice to the Bahamas representatives at the IMO and international gatherings. The Correspondent reviews the agendas of the Committee and Sub-Committee meetings in advance to allow members to decide to attend any meeting if they so wish. Members may also contact the IMO Correspondent with particular interests to be passed on to the Bahamas representative at the meetings. The Correspondent attends key parts of the relevant meetings; follows the progress and prepares a report on the outcome of the various meetings.
- The Board meets at least three times per year to review meeting papers and to formulate the Association position on IMO issues.
An Annual General Meeting of the Association is held in different major port cities worldwide.
For further information please contact the Secretariat on +44 20 7562 1315 if calling outside the UK or 020 7562 1315 in the UK. Facsimile: 020 7614 0665. Email: email@example.com
Executive Board of Officers
Teekay Shipping Glasgow
Miss Kendanique Ferguson
Bahamas Shipowners Association, Manx Corporate Centre, West Bay Street, P.O.Box N-4679, Nassau, Bahamas