Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Pardo, Fernando.


The dissertation aims to examine the benefits of improvement of manpower in the maritime industry through effective regular training programmes organised by the Maritime Academy of Nigeria to attain international standards in the sphere of marine environment protection. A close examination is carried out on the problems associated with the monitoring and detection of oil pollution of the coastal waters. The different sources of oil pollution in Nigerian waters are investigated and the competency of personnel required to carry out clean-ups stressed in line with IMO’s (STCW 95’) regulations. There has been fairly heavy tanker traffic on the world seas and oceans, and considering the very large nature of some VLCCs, the consequences of a possible tanker accident with subsequent oil spill would be grievous. A simple analysis of industry participation in curbing this ecological damage is highlighted. The concluding chapter examines the inevitable challenge faced by the Maritime Academy in providing increased awareness on the vital need to monitor and protect our marine environment.