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Survey Requirements

BSMA delegate completion of many Statutory conventions to approved Classification Societies, however unlike many other Flags we do not delegate the following:

  • Passenger Ship Safety,
  • International Safety Management (ISM),
  • International Ship and Port Security (ISPS),
  • Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

These surveys and audits, and their related plan approvals are retained and completed by Bermuda surveyors as this allows BSMA to develop a thorough understanding of each ship and company to provide the highest levels of support to our clients. The ISM audit also allows the Bermuda surveyor to conduct an impartial review of the ship and of the actions of the Recognised Organisation.

Because of this Bermuda does not require additional annual Flag State Inspections like many other Flags.

Bermuda have designated the following Classification Societies as Recognised Organizations:

  • ABS
  • BV
  • DNV-GL
  • LR
  • RINA
  • Class NK

For new-building projects the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority will arrange a schedule of delegations and approval processes with the nominated Recognised Organisation at the start of the project.

Bermuda issues the following documents and certificates:

  • Passenger Ship Safety Certificate
  • Polar Ship Certificate
  • ISM, ISPS and MLC Certificates
  • Minimum Safe Manning Certificate
  • Continuous Synopsis Records
  • CLC’s (bunkers, oil and wreck removal)

All other certificates are issued by the ship's recognised Classification Society.

Bermuda also conduct the following plan reviews and approvals:

  • Stability and lightship plan review
  • Security plan
  • Fire Control plan

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.