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The Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority (BSMA) was established as an authority in 2016 and took over the business of the former Government Department of Maritime Administration.  The Bermuda Register of Ships was set up in 1789 as a port of registry for Britain and has operated a high quality shipping registry ever since.

The BSMA is a Category 1 Red Ensign Register, which means we are able to register British Ships of unrestricted type or tonnage.

The BSMA currently has an extensive passenger ship fleet including some of the first fully Safe-Return-To-Port compliant ships in the world.  We also support a large proportion of gas carriers and tankers and retain expertise in container ships, bulk carriers and ro-ro ships.

Our ships are consistently ranked highly by all Port State MOU’s and the USCG.

The BSMA retain oversight of Passenger Ship Safety, International Maritime Safety, International Ship and Port Security and Maritime Labor.  This means that our qualified surveyors will attend each Bermuda registered vessel and conduct required Safety and Security Audits, Maritime Labor Inspections and Passenger Ship Surveys.

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