Here's what we offer.


STS Lightering

The Bahamas is emerging as one of the premier locations for carrying out Ship-to-Ship transfer operations in the Caribbean region. With the expansion of the Panama Canal and the anticipated increase in the movement of petroleum products into the USA…

Ship Agents

Ship Mate Ltd. prides itself on being a boutique shipping agency and provides agency services for vessels calling at Bahamian ports or transiting through its territorial waters.  Ship Mate knows that an agent is literally a temporary member…

Ship/Port Security

Ship Mate Ltd. is appointed a Recognized Security Organization by the Bahamas Government through its Designated Authority, The Port Department. Ship Mate Ltd. provides maritime security services to Bahamian ports and harbors…

Crewing Agency

Having the best crew onboard any ship is critical to the safe and smooth running of the vessel.  Staff that is knowledgeable and competent make the difference in how efficiently run a vessel is…

Yacht Agents

Whenever your yacht docks in The Bahamas, you can rest assured that your local agents will be on hand to handle and efficiently process your requests.  Our yacht agency services include:…

Maritime Training

At the core of Ship Mates Training Center is providing world class maritime training to the industries professionals and those pursuing marine studies.  Ship Mate offers a range of courses from…

Welcome to Ship Mate Ltd.

About us

Located in Nassau, Bahamas, Ship Mate is a wholly owned and registered company originated through the vision of a small group of Bahamian entrepreneurs who recognized the need for additional industry expertise. The company is positioned to fully provide an array of maritime services with relative know how and experience.  With wide shipping experience gained from sailing as officers on container ships, general cargo ships, bulk carriers, RO/RO vessels and tankers, the principals of Ship Mate Ltd. have a wealth of knowledge in the maritime arena.   Ship Mates team is particularly familiar with the intricacies of vessel operations, ship/fleet management, maritime security, logistics and supply chain management.

Why choose us


Ship mate is the only company in the Bahamas where its management and principals are all former Merchant Marines that have sailed on every class of merchant vessel.

First hand industry knowledge

Ship Mate can boast of having seen firsthand the relationship that occurs when vessels call on ports around the world.

Attention to detail

In being a smaller company, attention to detail is paramount.  Not only do we anticipate your every need, we already have solutions for them.

We are capable

Large network of external skilled Mariners.  No problem is too big when it comes to ensuring our customers are satisfied.  Because of our experience, we have a considerable network at our disposal that can be tapped into whenever needed.


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Meet The Mates

Phillip Bethel

Captain Jordan Bethel, an expert in Navigation and Co- Founder of Ship Mate Ltd., completed his tertiary education and USCG maritime training at the State University of New York Maritime College in Throggs Neck, New York.


Phillip Jordan Bethel
Sandy Campbell
Sandy Campbell, a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College in Throgs Neck, New York is designated as a licensed Third Officer of motor vessels


Sandy Franks Campbell

Our clients say

"Thank you for your professionalism and efficiency during our joint ventures. We at C-MAR are pleased to partner with you and look forward to joint international ventures utilising C-MAR’s twenty five years global experience and Ship Mates local expertise and knowledge of the Bahamian marine industry at all levels."

Denis Mair- Regional Manager, C-MAR Services (Canada) Ltd


Denis Mair- Regional Manager, C-MAR Services (Canada) Ltd

"I had the pleasure of working hand in hand with Ship Mate as a recruiter for marine crew for our vessels.   Ship Mate provides candidates that are well screened, well trained and possess all needed certifications."
Bellissa Rodriguez- HR Manager, Cruise Management International
Bellissa Rodriguez- HR Manager, Cruise Management International

"The staff at Ship Mate Ltd. is extremely efficient and all have a strong background in the crewing needs for cruise lines. "
Linda Lundy- HR Crewing Director, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Linda Lundy- HR Crewing Director, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Ship Mate endeavors to be the premier maritime services provider in The Bahamas and The Caribbean.

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