PDMS Director, Bruce McGregor will be attending the Bahamas International Investment and Business Forum in Freeport, Bahamas from on the 20th -21st February.

The event is being organised by the Commonwealth Business Council, the Bahamas Investment Authority and The Grand Bahama Port Authority.

The Bahamas International Investment & Business Forum will highlight the key advantages that The Bahamas, and Grand Bahama in particular, will have in capitalising on the expansion of the Panama Canal, which is due to be completed in 2014.  The event will also showcase The Bahamas as a global investment destination of choice with a wide range of opportunities across a number of key sectors.  Held under the theme 'At the Crossroads of 21st Century Trade and Investment'.

PDMS have been working with the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) through the last two years and have developed their international ship registry enterprise system 'BORIS', the 'Bahamas On-Line Registration Information System', based on PDMS's existing MARIS platform for International Ship Registries.

The Bahamas is one of the world's largest Shipping Registers with over 50 million gross tonnage of ships currently flying the Bahamas flag.  The Registry has grown considerably over the past ten years and has a well-earned reputation for excellence in meeting international shipping standards and for the overall quality of its Registry.

The BORIS system, developed by PDMS, provides an enterprise back office management system as well as enabling registered users to securely submit applications electronically, via the web, for Bahamas Flag State Endorsements, Seaman Record Books, Ship Security Officers, Offshore and other relevant training and proficiency certificates on behalf of Seafarers who are employed or intended to be employed onboard Bahamian registered ships.

The BORIS system is being used by the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) offices around the world including London and New York and will further help them to continue delivering high levels of customer service and to also offer new services as the Registry continues to expand.

Bruce McGregor commented "I am delighted to be attending this prestigious and interesting forum and look forward to meeting key people from the Organisers.  We feel that our continued investment in our MARIS platform for International Ship Registries; our on-going work with the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) on their BORIS project; combined with our focus on the Maritime sector and general experience in delivering solutions to Governments, already aligns very well with quality jurisdictions like the Bahamas.  Through this event I look forward to finding out more about the Bahamas and its growing business opportunities and activities."