Bermuda is a leading passenger ship Flag and one of the earliest adopters of the SOLAS Safe Return to Port (SRtP) requirements. BSMA do do not delegate completion of the annual Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (PSSC) survey to Classification Societies, choosing instead to conduct this work using highly trained and experienced Bermuda surveyors. This allows BSMA to develop a strong relationship with the vessel managers and the ships crew, which provides depth of understanding and allows for greater support in service. As the Flag State BSMA is able to make decisions directly that delegated Class Societies cannot, resulting in a smoother and more rapid response.
Bermuda also conduct the required plan review and survey for passenger ships with itineraries that require a Polar Ship Certificate. The survey is completed during the same attendance as the PSSC and the plan review is typically completed within a week.
Initial passenger ship stability approval is conducted at delivery by the vessel’s Classification Society, however subsequent passenger ship lightship surveys and incline tests are completed by Bermuda surveyors. This has the benefit of reduced fees and a much faster approval time.