Other VIP guests included the Minister of Transport and Local Government, Renward Wells, both the Chair and Deputy Chair of the BMA, Denise Lewis-Johnson and Peter John Goulandris, as well as Cora Bain-Colebrooke, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Transport & Local Government.
The government-controlled Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is responsible for the regulation of Bahamian ships world-wide and the fulfilment of 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 US, with a fleet of over 1,500 ships, consisting of some 64m gt.
“As the 2nd largest ship owning country of dead-weight tonnage, we recognise the strategic importance and integral role Japan plays in the global maritime sector. This dedicated office will allow us to enhance our service delivery with exclusive BMA staff who will continue to be supported by our regional Classification Societies and Nautical Inspectors. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Japanese maritime cluster through our Tokyo office,” said Captain Dwain Hutchinson, acting managing director and ceo at the BMA
The Bahamas remains a non-targeted flag from a Port State perspective within the Asia Pacific region and Paris MOU, as well as a US Coast Guard QUALSHIP 21 flag state. This positive performance coupled with The Bahamas being a most favoured nation in relation to ships trading to Chinese ports are beneficial for Japanese ship owners trading regionally and internationally.
“We would like to extend our warmest congratulations on BMA’s Japan office opening. With BMA’s professional and timely assistance for floating production facilities such as FPSO/FSO, MODEC has been able to deliver the facility on time to our clients. MODEC believes we can establish and develop the great relationship with BMA Japan in the future,” commented a representative from MODEC.