Maritime Security is ‘particularly critical’ for The Bahamas, given its makeup as an archipelagic nation, said Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell: borders are extremely porous, as the country features a vast expanse of water covering an area of 100,000 square miles. The Minister delivered opening remarks at a workshop and roundtable discussion on ‘National Maritime Supply Chain Security in The Bahamas’ at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre, June 26-28, 2018. “Due to The Bahamas’ geographic make-up, there is a great need to maintain constant vigilance, ensuring that maritime security remains at the highest level at all times,” said Mr. Campbell, adding it is evident that the stability of The Bahamas’ economy requires that the country’s maritime industry be protected at all costs. “In this regard, I am pleased to emphasize that all of the major port facilities in the Bahamas meet international ship and port facility security (IP code requirements). And are supported by 24/7 security presence.”
The Minister said that it is, therefore, of paramount importance to partner with neighboring countries and participate in workshops such as this one to promote the vigilance required for maintaining secured borders. The three-day conference comprised interactive sessions facilitating increased information-sharing and analysis and inter-agency coordination, with a view to identifying opportunities for enhancing related policies, procedures, and mechanisms at both the port and national level among key stakeholders within the Bahamas’ maritime industry.