The Bahamas Eyes More Growth in Asia

2022 03 15

Captain Jahangir Hussain, Regional Director for Asia, said getting representation in South Korea through an agreement with marine and logistics provider Ben Line Agencies would help drive The BMA's continued growth in the region.
"South Korea is a top 10 ship-owning nation and one of the largest shipbuilders in the world," Captain Hussain said about The BMA's partnership with Ben Lines, which was announced in January 2022. "And Asia is home to five of the world's top 10 ship-owning nations, so it makes strategic sense for us to increase our presence in the region's major shipping hubs."
Captain Hussain added: "By establishing an agent in South Korea, The BMA can support clients in China, Japan and South Korea on their doorstep. We're keen to continue our ambitious plan of building operations in other strategic locations across the region."
Bahamas dominates the LNG and offshore sectors in Asia, with many of the big operators in those markets flying The Bahamian flag. The BMA plans to add more vessels from those sectors to its fleet, and to increase the number of cargo ships registered to The Bahamas.
On why ship operators in Asia should register vessels with The BMA, Captain Hussain said: "The BMA's rapid proportional growth in Asia in the past decade showcases our superiority over other flags. We have a huge competitive edge over other large open registries in the Asian market.
"We're an open registry and a quality flag with competitive registration fees and prompt customer service."
While opportunities abound for ship registries eyeing Asia, the region also presents challenges such as congestion at Chinese ports.
"Arguably, the infrastructure of some Chinese ports struggled to keep pace with the nation's rapid economic growth in the last few decades," Captain Hussain said. "But the good news is that Bahamas-registered ships get a 28% discount at Chinese ports and preferential treatment for securing berths as part of the Preferential Maritime Agreement with China."
Another benefit of The Bahamas flag is its record with Port State Control (PSC). As a flag, it also has the QUALSHIP 21 status (a US Coast Guard initiative to identify high-quality ships, and provide incentives to encourage quality operations - quality shipping for the 21st century). The Bahamas is one of the top flags within the Paris and Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) whitelists which are industry standards of quality performance and benefits Bahamas flagged ships operating in Europe and Asia region respectively.
The Bahamas remains active within the regulatory process including taking leadership roles at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) where we collaborate with industry bodies and other strategic partners, including Bahamas Shipowners Association, INTERTANKO, OCIMF, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) amongst others to ensure goal based regulations that can be effectively implemented by all parties.  We are proud that The Bahamas has been confirmed as a top-performing flag state, achieving positive scores across all 19 categories in the recent ICS's 2020-21 Flag State Performance Table.
All of these factors means that The Bahamas remains the right flag for Owners in the Asia region.

Source Elaborate Communications


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