Bahamas Maritime Authority moves to digital certificates

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has announced that it will now make all of its certification documentation available for access electronically.

The Authority launched a range of improvements to its online registration information system (BORIS) late last year to allow companies registering for the service to digitally access many of its services. The implementation of a move to full electronic certification is an extension of this digitalisation process.

The new digital documents will be provided in accordance with the requirements of IMO guidelines for the use of electronic certificates, BMA notes.

Certificates can be obtained instantly at any time and verified on demand through a verification system. Where there is a requirement for a hard copy of a certificate this can be supplied on request.

“The BMA is committed to improving its services to clients and this latest development provides a simple and rapid solution for all vessels, and seafarers, when they require access to their documentation,” said Captain Steve Bomgardner, Global Business Development Director of The BMA.

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