As one of the largest deep water ports in this hemisphere, Grand Bahama boasts an enormous amount of traffic. No need to drift awaiting a berth or pier - save fuel, save time and gain much-needed rest hours by taking advantage of the safe deep water anchorage available off Grand Bahama. 

With ideal holding ground and favorable weather conditions, the anchorage area is ideal for all sizes and types of vessels. Whether a vessel needs bunkers, provisions, fresh water or is simply awaiting orders, arrange a pilot today and have your vessel anchored safely. 


Lightering (also called lighterage) is the process of transferring cargo between vessels of different sizes. Lightering can be conducted to reduce a vessel's draft in order to enter a port that cannot accept very large ocean-going vessels.

Need a Ship-to-Ship operations conducted?

IMS is the only licensed and Bahamas Government recognized mooring group of pilots available in The Bahamas. Rates differ from normal pilotage.

Pre-arrange rates with agents or IMS prior to operations.

Launch Service

Crew transport, agents, supplies, surveyors or technicians are all just a call away. Whatever the need or item to be transported to or from a vessel, IMS Bahamas meets your requests with speedy reliable service.

Port Services

IMS aims to meet the needs of customers and please all clients. IMS can coordinate and arrange services as-needed, while vessels are in port or at anchorage. Family Island clients can enjoy site inspections and excursions.

Out Island Pilotage

IMS provides pilotage services across many islands in The Bahamas, covered under the mandatory pilotage of the country. 

These islands include, but are not limited to:

  • Bimini 
  • Eleuthera (Spanish Wells and Harbour Island)
  • San Salvador
  • Aklins
  • Exuma
  • Abaco

No need for your vessel to avoid a destination due to lack of berth availability, or other unknown factors. 

IMS professionals enable cruise companies and passenger vessels to provide their passengers with a unique niche market experience. This type of service can be ideal for expeditionary yachts, luxury cruise ships and residential cruise ships. 

Unique destinations boast beautiful beaches, scenery, privacy and historical impact. Set up a private barbecue or visit the location where Columbus made landfall in The Bahamas.  

Avoid high port fees while still enjoying essential services including customs and immigration clearance and airport access.

Experienced pilots with local knowledge are available to provide custom service.  

Rates differ from normal pilotage, pre-arrange rates with agents or IMS prior to operations.

Cargo Expediting

IMS Bahamas can deliver a wide range of marine expediting services for oil and gas. The IMS Bahamas technical team has extensive experience with marine tankers and can cover all aspects of cargo expediting.

Service includes:

  • Loss Control
  • Accurate Deliveries
  • Cargo Transfer Discrepancies