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Bahamas places second on Paris MOU ship inspection white list

The Bahamas moved up six places to land at the second spot on the ship inspection white list of the Paris MoU Annual Report.

According to the release from the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), this is now the 17th consecutive year that The Bahamas has been included on the list.

The mission of the Paris MoU is to eliminate the operation of sub-standard ships worldwide. The organization is responsible for more than 18,000 ship inspections meant to ensure these ships meet international safety, security and environmental standards.

This accomplishment comes on the heel of The Bahamas’ flag having achieved a record low number of detentions worldwide.

In February it was revealed that the The Bahamas’ high-quality vessel registry helped the country net its lowest-ever number of annual detentions after Port State Control (PSC) inspections were done.

Only 24 ships were detained in 2018 and the BMA manages a fleet of more than 1,500 ships, consisting of some 64 million gross tons.

Technical Officer at the BMA Kenneth Carey said in February that the PSC is an inspection regime that allows sovereign states to monitor and inspect vessels that come into their waters.

He explained that only 24 Bahamas-flagged vessels were detained last year, which means the BMA’s inspections of ships in its registry are greatly improving.

Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells said in the BMA release that the Paris MoU accolade is a result of quality service in the shipping industry.

BMA Chairperson J. Denise Lewis-Johnson added: “Port state inspection is one of the recognized industry indicators of quality performance and this achievement by The Bahamas, within Paris MOU ports, once again demonstrates the BMA’s commitment to the highest standards and is evidence of our ships adhering to these standards.”

The BMA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Captain Dwain Hutchinson contended that receiving this level of recognition has been a collaborative effort between shipowners, managers and their shipboard crew.

“This level of compliance is very much a collaborative approach and the BMA extends its congratulations and appreciation… for ensuring that Bahamas flagged ships comply with the international convention requirements and avoid delays following port state inspection,” said Hutchinson.

“Every ship flying the Bahamas flag will benefit from this superb record.”

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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