The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’ Ports and Maritime Affairs plays a pivotal role in regulating, developing, and promoting the ports and maritime industry.
The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’ Ports and Maritime Affairs plays a pivotal role in regulating, developing, and promoting the ports and maritime industry. With a vision to develop a world-class infrastructure for the maritime and shipping industry, PMA focuses its efforts on ensuring that the national industry’s legal framework, facilities, services and operations meet international standards. It also oversees marine operations within the ports of Bahrain and provides marine, technical support and advice to port operators and ensures that navigational aids and equipment are safe for navigation in and around the Kingdom’s port approaches.
Directorates falling within the Ports and Maritime Affairs:
Ports Affairs: Responsible for overseeing the ports’ and private jetties’ operations and performance, managing the issuing of licences for port and marine services as well as overseeing the ports’ commercial activities including the coordination between all the stakeholders and adopting ports’ standards and recommended practices as per the International guidelines.
Maritime Affairs:Responsible for overseeing the shipping and maritime activities – including the registration of ships under the Bahraini flag and the issuance of relevant certificates – as well as adopting and enforcing international standards and recommended practices as per the local legislation and International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) guidelines.
Logistics Zones: Responsible for managing the Bahrain Logistics Zone’s administration, operations, and promotion.
Safety and Security: Responsible for maintaining and regulating public port facilities and adopting policies and regulations as per international Health, Security, Safety and Environment (HSSE) standards and related safety and security codes.