Bermuda’s former Department of Maritime Administration has been re-established as a new quango called the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority, with effect from 1 October 2016. The organizational change is intended to allow for more autonomous and flexible growth of the shipping register, at lower direct cost to the Government.
The BSMA will maintain Bermuda’s Ship Registry, which has existed since 1789, and in its present form, it has been an internationally successful registry since the 1980s.
Bermuda ships are British ships and they fly the red ensign, although they are not UK ships and Bermuda is not an EC flag. The Bermuda Ship Registry is a part of the wider Red Ensign Group which includes the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Cayman Islands and the UK. This group collectively provides high quality ship registry services to “discerning” clients.
The Administration is certified to the ISO:9000:2008 standard and claims to have a high standing internationally. Bermuda ranks at the top of the Paris MOU “White List” of flag states and also scores highly on the “Round Table” list of flag states.
The fleet is diverse and the Administration has extensive experience with Cruise Ships, LNG Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Tankers, Container Ships and Large Yachts.
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