‘Shipping And Maritime Authority’ To Commence

September 30, 2016

The Ministry of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities today advised the public that the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority will commence its statutory functions on 1st October 2016.

“This follows recommendations by the Spending and Government Efficiency [SAGE] Commission in October 2013 that the Department of Maritime Administration should be considered for establishing as a Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization [QUANGO] with the status as an independent authority to allow for more autonomous and flexible growth of the shipping register,” a spokesperson said.

“The Government considered the advantages and benefits that could be gained from the SAGE recommendation, and consequently took the necessary steps to establish a Quango to be named as ‘Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority’ which would continue with the functions relating to the Maritime Administration and Registry of Shipping of Bermuda,” explained Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority Chief Executive Officer Capt. G P A Nawaratne. ”The Authority replaces the Department of Maritime Administration, which has been functioning under the Ministry of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities.”

The Ministry said, “The Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority was established by the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority Act, 2016 on 12th July 2016.

“As of 1st October 2016, the new Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority will commence operations as a ‘Body Corporate’ conducting its corporate and operational affairs under the responsibility of a Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer, and as Bermuda’s Statutory ‘Maritime Administration’ having the responsibility for Maritime Safety, Prevention of Pollution from ships, Maritime Security and Standards of Seafarers on Bermuda registered ships, under the oversight of the Minister responsible for Shipping, under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act 2002.

“There will be no changes to the UK operations; survey and audit functions will be continued as usual by the UK-based Bermuda Surveyors operating from the London Office. Also there will be no changes to technical and support personnel at the Headquarters in Hamilton.

“The existing surveyors, auditors, technical officers and support staff will continue their services with the Authority, in the same ranks and capacity as before. The current telephone numbers, cellular phone numbers and e-mail address will remain unchanged but they will be changed at a future date and the details will be notified in advance.

“The existing Registrar of Shipping will continue to hold the same office under the Authority; the existing Chief Marine Surveyor will continue to hold the same office under the Authority; the existing Director will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer [CEO] of the Authority and will be responsible to the Board of Directors for the day to day operations of the Authority. The CEO will also be responsible to the Minister for the statutory functions of the Bermuda Maritime Administration, through the Authority.

“The Authority will continue to maintain the Register of Ships that has been kept under the Merchant Shipping Act 2002.

“It should be noted that the physical location of the Authority will remain same as that of the Department of Maritime Administration: Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority, Global House, 3rd Floor, 43 Church Street, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda. Tel: +1 441 295 7251, Fax: +1 441 295 3718. For more information please contact the Authority at the above address.”

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  1. justbermudian says:

    Will there be any Bermudian surveyors?

  2. Micro says:

    So how much money does this “yet another” authority save/gains us?

    The idea that removing government meddling would promote growth and efficiency but where are the numbers?

  3. Real Deal says:

    My logical mind tells me that something dose not sound right, but I cant put my figure on it yet.

  4. Common sense says:

    Where are the numbers???
    Well since it was government the figures would all be in the audited consolidated statement which is free for any member of the public to look at. Easy to put your fingers on those if you don’t mind getting off the couch and doing some investigating…. Not quite as easy as sitting home writing vague comments on bernews about possible gains / losses or comments about bermudians vs non bermudians . If you actually investigate the answers are all easily obtainable.

  5. MC Pitch says:

    Do we really need a SAGE commission to recommend we create a board to govern? To save money?
    How about a drop of common sense. Last time I checked fuel costs were outrageous. When the fast ferries dock at Albouys Point, how about we use ropes to tie off like every other vessel, instead of drifting to the dock edge and not only leaving the engine on, but leaving it revved up enough to prevent the ferry from moving from the dock. Over a day, week, year how much money is wasted with the ferries docked, engines revved just wasting fuel?

  6. Clare says:

    Great move – well done to all involved! If you’re wondering why this is a great step, go back and read that section of the SAGE report.