The Bahamas Maritime Authority is celebrating National Maritime Week from September 25th to 30th. The Bahamas shipping registry is ranked 7th worldwide with over 1400 ships. The Bahamas is also one of the largest contributors to the international maritime organizations economy.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bahamas Maritime Authority, Captain Dwain Hutcheson says of the Authority, “over the years, as we’ve grown, we’ve grown to become the number one flag in cruise ships. We’ve grown to become one of the largest flag in tankers. We’ve grown to become one of the largest flag in terms of a lot of sophistically, technically advanced ships.”

As part of the week of celebrations members of the Maritime Authority’s board, along with Minister of Transport and Housing, the Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis.

Minister Coleby Davis says that she is pleased with the trajectory of the maritime sector but would like to see more Bahamians involved. She said, “we wanted to effect change here, locally, in The Bahamas through our Bahamas Maritime Authority office so that we can assist with career advancement, further advancement in the maritime sector. And so we’ve partnered with the LJM, we also have our maritime cadet corp with the students in high school and so we are going to continue to focus our efforts on encouraging persons to look to this sector, to this industry for a career path.”