The Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority has a staff of qualified and experienced surveyors based at its offices in Hamilton, Bermuda and London, UK. They are available to advise on technical issues and approvals and also to travel to complete surveys and audits on Bermuda ships.
Additionally, Bermuda have a number of highly qualified and experienced surveyors based in the UK, Singapore and Miami who are available to conduct surveys and audits whenever required.
With the exception of passenger ship safety certificate (PSSC) surveys and related approvals and the ISM, ISPS and MLC audits and related plan approvals, all other survey functions are delegated to the Bermuda recognised Classification Societies which are ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR and RINA.
For new building projects the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority will arrange a schedule of delegations and approval processes with the nominated classification society at the start of the project. Normally the interim ISM, ISPS and MLC audits for new build cargo ships will be delegated to the classification society.
Certificates and documents for:
- Passenger Ship Safety
- ISM, ISPS and MLC
- CLC (bunkers, oil and wreck removal)
- Safe Manning
- Stability and lightship plan review
- DMLC II, Security plan, Fire Control plan, Muster List and SOPEP/SMPEP approvals
will be issued by the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority. All other certificates will be issued by the ship's recognised Classification Society.
For existing ships that transfer from another flag to Bermuda the process is very similar to that for newbuilding projects. Interim ISM, ISPS and MLC audits would be addressed on a case by case basis.