Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Administration & Environmental Protection


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Pardo, Fernando.


Bangladesh, as being a flag, coastal and port state, has a genuine concern about the threat of oil pollution from marine transportation in its waters. However, her concern for accidental oil pollution from ships is not adequately matched by appropriate preventive and remedial measures. As a result, the country continues to be in an absolutely vulnerable position with respect to the dangers of oil pollution. This dissertation is a study of the need for and the ways of protecting the marine environment of Bangladesh from oil pollution incidents. The threats of accidental spills in Bangladesh waters are discussed and the present marine environment protection framework and oil spill response arrangements are briefly examined. A critical appraisal of the response to a past oil spill incident is given and major areas of concern and tasks to be undertaken are identified. Finally, conclusions are drawn on the basis of the study and a number of recommendations are made for enhancing the effectiveness of the existing marine environment protection framework and national arrangements for oil spill response.