Laws and Regulations

The Ports and Maritime Authority is responsible for overseeing all of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s laws, regulations and procedures with regards to the maritime industry.

Regulations Description
Private Jetty Regulations Information on the regulations pertaining to operating a port, jetty or similar facility in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Directive No. STCW/01 Safe Manning Document (SMD)
Directive No. STCW/02 Watchkeeping Arrangements & Principles
Directive No. STCW/03 Approval of Training Centers and Courses
Directive No. STCW/04 Issue of Bahraini Flag State Endorsement
Directive No. STCW/05 Issue of Bahraini National Certificates and Endorsements for Master and Officer Under STCW Chapter II and III
Directive No. STCW/06 Issue Of Bahraini National Certificates For GMDSS Radio Operator, Rating or Able Seafarer
Directive No. STCW/07 Tanker Training, Certification and Endorsement
Directive No. STCW/08 Standards of Medical Fitness for Seafarer’s
Directive No. STCW/09 Certification for Ship Security Officer (SSO)
Directive No. STCW/10 Issue of Ships’ Cook Certificate
Directive No. STCW/11 Cadet Training Programme
Directive No. STCW/12 Issue of Bahrain Seaman’s Record Book
Directive No. STCW/13 Alternative Certificates Under STCW Chapter VII
Directive No. STCW/14 Issue of Non-STCW Certificates for Operation in Domestic Waters and for Operating Vessels With Propelling Power of Less Than 750 Kw
Directive No. STCW/15 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Training
Directive No. STCW/16 Fitness for Duty and Minimum Period of Rest
Directive No. STCW/17 Issue of Manning Dispensation
Directive No. STCW/18 Issue and Registration of Certificates
Directive No. STCW/19 Port State Control Under STCW Convention
Directive No. STCW/20

Conduct of Trials

Directive No. ISM/01 Implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM Code)
Resolution 6/2016 Resolution 6/2016 with regard to the implementation of the International Tonnage Convention 1969
Resolution 7/2016 Resolution 7/2016 with regard to the implementation of MARPOL Convention 1973 and its Protocol and annexes 1, 2 and 5
Resolution 8/2016 Resolution 8/2016 with regard to the implementation of the SOLAS Convention 1974
Resolution 9/2016 Resolution 9/2016 with regard to the implementation of Load Line Convention 1966 and Protocol 1988
Resolution 14/2016 Resolution 14/2016 with regards to approved classification societies
Directive CIC-01 Investigation of Marine Casualties and incidents
Directive MARPOL-01 Directive MARPOL-01 Implementation of MARPOL Annex V
Directive No. MARPOL/02 Oil Record Books
Directive No. MARPOL/03 Control of Discharges of Residues of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk From Ships
Directive SOLAS-2 Type Approval Certificate for Bahraini Ships
Directive SOLAS-01 Survey and Certification  under SOLAS Chap 1
Directive SOLAS-3 Means of Embarkation on and Disembarkation from Bahraini Ships
Directive SOLAS-4 Pilot Transfer Arrangements
Directive SOLAS-05 Display of Maneuvering  Information on board ships
Directive SOLAS-06 In water Survey in lieu of Dry Docking
Directive SOLAS-07 Certificates and Documents required by SOLAS
Directive SOLAS-08 Carriage of Publications on Board Ships
Directive SOLAS-09 Oxygen Analysis & Gas Detection Equipment
Directive SOLAS-10 Life Saving Appliances and Equipment
Directive SOLAS-11 Goal Based Ship Construction Standards
Directive SOLAS-12 Maintenance and Inspection of Fire Protection Systems and Appliances
Directive No. SOLAS/13 Directive No. SOLAS/13
Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBDS)
Directive No. SOLAS/14 Intact and Damage Stability and Strength of Vessel
Directive No. SOLAS/15 GMDS Requirements for Radio Installations and Operations
Directive No. SOLAS/16 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Reequirements and Backup Arrangements
Resolution 1/2017 Implementation of COLREG Convention
Directive No. PSC/01 Bahrain Port State Control
Directive No. Genreal/01 To the satisfaction of the administration criteria
Directive No. 10/2016 Minimum safe manning requirements
Directive FSI/01 – Flag State Inspection Flag State Inspection issued under the enabling power of the Ministerial Resolution 20/2016
Directive No. General/02 Transmitting Maritime Safety Information
Directive No. MARPOL/04 Port Reception Facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues
  • 8,087Total Aircraft Movement, Jun 2019
  • 811,884Total Passengers, Jun 2019
  • 22,465Total Cargo and Mail, Jun 2019
  • 934,993Monthly ridership, Sep 2019
  • 49,259,265Total Passengers (Feb 2015-Sep 2019)
  • 53,354General Cargo, August 2019
  • 37,394Container Throughput, August 2019
  • 80Total Vessels, August 2019
  • 99Percent Mobile network coverage
  • 57Percent of households passed by fiber-optic broadband network
  • 90Percent of businesses passed by fiber-optic broadband network



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