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 state-of-art and up to date, facilities, services and operations delivered are according to international standards. It also oversees marine operations within public and private ports whilst providing marine, technical support and advice to port operators. In addition to ensuring maritime safety by maintaining 100% reediness of aids to navigation leading to 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 issuance of licenses 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 standards.

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.

Last Updated Date:11-04-2021

  • 41,035Total Aircraft Movement in FIR , Jul 2022
  • 681,599Total Passengers, Jul 2022
  • 16,721Total Cargo and Mail, Jul 2022
  • 28,866Monthly Ridership, Aug 2022
  • 73,598,769Total Passengers (Feb 2015 – Aug 2022)
  • 77,028General Cargo, Aug 2022
  • 32,398Container Throughput, Aug 2022
  • 52Total Vessels, Aug 2022
  • 100Percentage of Population covered by 5G Network (2022)
  • 83Percent of households passed by fiber-optic broadband network (2022)
  • 100Percent of businesses passed by fiber-optic broadband network (2022)



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