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  • Revision 02 Issued June 2012

    BahamasNational

    Requirements

    A reference source for Bahamas Recognised Organisations, Bahamas Approved NauticalInspectors, ship-owners, companies, Masters, officers and crew.

    The information contained within is intended to supplement The Bahamas MerchantShipping Act, Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) Agreement with Recognised

    Organisations and BMA Information Bulletins.

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    Table of Contents

    1 Administration Details and Contacts .........................................................11.1 Full Name of Flag State on Certificates: .............................................11.2 Name of Administration ...................................................................11.3 Emergency Response Contact...........................................................11.4 Website .........................................................................................11.5 London Office .................................................................................11.6 Nassau office..................................................................................21.7 New York office...............................................................................21.8 Hong Kong office ............................................................................22 Ratified Conventions.................................................................................33 Applicable Instruments and Degree of Authorisation................................33.1 Recognised Organisations ................................................................33.2 Applicable Instruments ....................................................................43.3 Specific Instructions to Recognised Organisations ...............................73.3.1 Use of Exclusive Surveyors and Auditors ..................................................... 73.3.2 Use of Service Suppliers ............................................................................ 73.3.3 Survey of Ships Joining the Register ........................................................... 73.3.4 Reporting to the Administration.................................................................. 7(i) Ship not fit to proceed to sea ..................................................................... 7(ii) Suspension and withdrawal of Class............................................................ 8(iii) Changes affecting details of Registry or Classification.................................... 8(iv) Forms / Records / Reports ......................................................................... 83.3.5 Ships not Compliant with Statutory Requirements ........................................ 93.3.6 Interpretation of Statutory Requirements .................................................... 93.3.7 Approval and Endorsement of Statutory Documents...................................... 93.3.8 Certification for Conventions not in Force or not Ratified by The Bahamas ..... 10SPECIFIC CONVENTIONS AND CODES ...........................................................114 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) ..............124.1 Chapter I: General Provisions .........................................................124.1.1 Certification of Passenger Ships................................................................ 124.1.2 Dry Docking of Passenger Ships ............................................................... 124.2 Chapter II-1: Construction: Structure, Subdivision and Stability,Machinery and Electrical Installations ..............................................................124.2.1 Watertight (W/T) Door Closure on Passenger Vessels.................................. 124.2.2 Opening of Cargo and Passenger Ship Side Shell Doors when at Anchor ........ 134.2.3 Watertight Sliding Door Local Operating Handles ........................................ 134.2.4 Display of Manoeuvring Information (IMO Resolution A.601(15)).................. 134.2.5 Requirements for valves fitted to pipes piercing a collision bulkhead ............. 134.3 Chapter II-2: Construction: Fire Protection, Fire Detection and FireExtinction 134.3.1 CO2, Halon and Alternative Gas Fixed Fire Fighting Systems ........................ 134.3.2 Protection of High Pressure Fuel Pipes....................................................... 134.3.3 Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBDs) ........................................... 144.4 Chapter III: Life-saving Appliances and Arrangements.......................144.4.1 Servicing of inflatable LSA ....................................................................... 144.4.2 LSA fall wires ......................................................................................... 144.4.3 Safety of lifeboats during abandon ship drills ............................................. 144.4.4 Safety of lifeboat on-load release gear ...................................................... 144.4.5 Replacement of lifeboat on-load release gear ............................................. 144.4.6 Equivalent arrangement of lifesaving appliances......................................... 144.4.7 Testing of Lifeboats ................................................................................ 15

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    4.4.8 Immersion Suits on Cargo Ships............................................................... 154.4.9 Exemption from the carriage of lifeboat food rations and fishing tackle.......... 154.4.10 Use of knotted ropes as a means of embarkation to remotely located liferafts 154.4.11 Carrying capacity of liferafts average mass of occupants 82.5kg................ 164.5 Chapter IV: Radiocommunications ..................................................164.5.1 Safety Radio Form R / GMDSS General Operators Certificate........................ 164.5.2 Identification Number on 406 MHz EPIRB .................................................. 164.5.3 Aeronautical VHF equipment onboard passenger ships ................................ 174.6 Chapter V: Safety of Navigation......................................................174.6.1 Safe Manning......................................................................................... 174.6.2 Official Language.................................................................................... 174.6.3 Bridge visibility ...................................................................................... 184.6.4 Bridge height of eye requirement ............................................................. 184.6.5 Steering gear testing and drills................................................................. 184.6.6 Radar carriage ....................................................................................... 184.6.7 Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) ........................................... 184.6.8 Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) .................................... 184.7 Chapter VI: Carriage of Cargoes .....................................................194.8 Chapter VII: Carriage of Dangerous Goods.......................................194.9 Chapter VIII: Nuclear Ships ...........................................................194.10 Chapter IX: Management for the Safe Operation of Ships ..................204.10.1 Application of ISM Code .......................................................................... 204.10.2 First issue of an ISM Document of Compliance (DOC).................................. 204.10.3 Language to be used in the Safety Management System ............................. 204.10.4 Safety of lifeboats during abandon ship drills ............................................. 204.10.5 Safe manning levels................................................................................ 204.10.6 Flag State File ........................................................................................ 214.10.7 Bahamas Annual Safety Inspection ........................................................... 214.10.8 IACS PR17............................................................................................. 214.10.9 Audit reporting....................................................................................... 214.11 Chapter X: Safety Measures for High-speed Craft..............................214.12 Chapter XI-1: Measures to Enhance Maritime Safety .........................224.12.1 IMO Number .......................................................................................... 224.12.2 Continuous Synopsis Record .................................................................... 224.13 Chapter XI-2: Measures to Enhance Maritime Security.......................224.14 Chapter XII: Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers ..................225 International Convention For The Prevention Of Pollution From Ships(MARPOL) .....................................................................................................225.1 Annex I: Prevention of Pollution by Oil.............................................225.1.1 Phasing out of single hull tankers ............................................................. 225.1.2 Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS) Survey ............................................. 235.1.3 FPSO / FSU............................................................................................ 235.1.4 Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) ........................................ 235.1.5 Oil Record Book...................................................................................... 235.1.6 Sludge Tank Discharge Piping .................................................................. 235.2 Annex II: Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk ....235.2.1 Carriage of Vegetable oil ......................................................................... 23