Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Prasad, Rajendra.


This dissertation is an investigation of the roles of information technology and multimedia systems in the management of engineering operations and maintenance onboard ships. It considers the implications and constraints of adopting these technology tools on the economies of ship owners or managements companies, Maritime Administrations, and the Maritime Education and Training Institutions, especially in the developing countries. The study reviews the various shipboard maintenance policies and management techniques currently being practised in the traditional shipboard office with a view of understanding its constraints and the needs of adopting the various technological tools and systems. It also examines critically, the developmental trends in communication between the ship at sea and the shore office and how this trend has affected the landscape of management of shipboard operations and maintenance of engineering systems and machineries. The dissertation also presents an analysis of the result of the survey conducted to ascertain the practicability or otherwise as well as the possible effect of adopting IT and Multi-media systems in the management of shipboard operation. This is followed by the summary of the findings of the research, and concludes by recommending measures that will assist small ship owners and management companies (especially inn developing countries) to take full advantage of the benefits of indulging in these new technology tools in managing their ships.