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Under the Barbados Shipping Act and the IMO Casualty Code, the Owner/Operator or Master of a vessel is required to report any accident resulting in loss of life or serious injury to any person. The Owner or Master is also required to report any material damage to the vessel, which may affect its seaworthiness.

An Initial Report of any accident must be sent to the BMSR within 4 hours of the occurrence, via telephone, email, or the online form. Further details should be provided via Form 45 within 24 hours of the occurrence.

The purpose of our accident and incident investigation reports is to enhance safety at sea by sharing lessons learnt and making recommendations to prevent a reoccurrence.

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    Nautical Inspectors

    A network of Nautical Inspectors is available to carry out annual ship safety inspections and to assist ship operators whenever required.  The list of Inspectors may be accessed here:

    Shipping Legislation

    Barbados has been a member of IMO since 1971, and has ratified many of the international Conventions that have been instrumental in shaping the world’s shipping legislation.


    We provide regular bulletins to keep our clients and associates abreast of new developments, and work closely with all our ship owners and managers to help maintain a quality fleet.

    Recognised Organisations

    Ten Classification Societies that are members of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies), as well as several other recognised organisations, have been appointed to survey and issue statutory certificates on our behalf.