Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Administration & Environmental Protection


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Sampson, Theodore.


The dissertation examines internal and external developments in the Lithuanian Water Transport industry, which started after the restoration of independence and the collapse of the former USSR. During the Soviet period the shipping industry in Lithuania was developed as part of the planned economy, under the control and management of centralised government structures of the former USSR. After the restoration of independence a new political environment created conditions for Lithuania to develop its own national economy, based on free and fair market competitive conditions. This dissertation examines internal and external developmental factors which could set the direction of the water transport industry for successful transition to the free market economy. The dissertation begins with a description of the state regulation system and basic legal regime for transport activities, then examines activities performed by water transport organisations and discusses the main impediment areas. In addition, the future of the water transport industry cannot be discussed without information on cargo flows. Then, it turns to the external policy factors and examines relevant policy decisions and developments in, the water transport sector as important considerations for Lithuania’s future. Finally, for the nation’s successful transition and participation in future development and growth, getting the priorities right is very important. These issues are addressed as the main objectives for water transport development in Lithuania