Bahamas to boost maritime industry

11 July 2011 10:02

The Bahamas hopes to improve facilities for yachts cruising through its waters

The Bahamas hopes to improve facilities for yachts cruising through its waters

The Bahamas is considering the creation of more marinas and harbours to accommodate the growing number of speed boats and yachts that make stopovers in the country.

For sailors who take out worldwide travel insurance and go on long voyages, cruising through the Bahamian waters could become even more convenient once the port and harbour facilities are expanded.

Speaking at a meeting of marina operators in capital Nassau, environment minister Earl Deveaux said that last year his department came up with the proposal for a yacht registry in the Bahamas.

The legislation or the "yacht code" would make it easier for the Bahamas Maritime Industry to register more vessels.

He said the expansion of the registry and the building of infrastructure to support it is a key strategy to strengthen the country's maritime industry.

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