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BAHAMAS - New build, conversions and modifications of passenger ships - Concept Review

02.01.16

Convention : GENERAL

Flag :Bahamas

Ship type :Passenger Ships

Owner's and Yard's attention is drawn to the following new requirement for a "Concept Review" for new buildings, conversions and modifications of passenger ships under Bahamas Flag, as per below extract of the last updated Bahamas National Requirements, Revision No 07 issued January 2016: 


New build, conversions and modifications – Concept Review 

Prior to the commencement of construction work for any passenger ship new build, major conversion or major modification project, the ship owner, ship builder and Recognised Organisation are to present a concept review to the BMA. The review shall address the following:

• Overview of the concept and any novel features of the design;
• Scope and extent of any exemptions or equivalencies to IMO or ILO conventions envisaged;
• Details of any aspects of the design’s compliance with IMO or ILO conventions that will require an interpretation, clarification or policy decision by the BMA;
• Scope and extent of any Alternate Design and Arrangements envisaged for the project;
• Design and construction Schedule including key mile stones and expected submission dates.

Where Alternate Design and Arrangements are envisaged, the ship owner, ship builder and Recognised Organisation are to present the concept review in person to the BMA.

Where a project has commenced the construction phase prior to 01 February 2016 and a concept review has not been presented to the BMA, the ship owner, ship builder and Recognised Organisation are to present a concept review to the BMA as soon as possible to ensure no issues arise prior to completion of the project that may affect the registration process.