Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Jönsson, Jan-Åke.


This dissertation focuses on the enhancement of maritime safety and environmental protection in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through the development and implementation of uniform regional safety standards. The study looks at a multiplicity of issues to be considered to achieve the desired goal. A brief look is taken of the existing legislative framework and institutional arrangements in the region both in the dissertation and annexes. Initiatives being taken both at national level and regional level to address the problems will be analysed with emphasis on those taken at regional level. The study also looks at diverse issues of flag state implementation and Maritime Administration. The roles of the flag states in implementing the Model Regulations are explained. The requirements for establishment of an efficient Maritime Administration to carry out these roles are also determined by analysing the weaknesses in the present institutional arrangements. The best option and process of legislating the Model safety regulations has been determined and solutions to any problems that may arise suggested. A critique of some provisions in the Model Regulations has been done. Several issues pertaining to Safety of navigation have been examined. New projects to enhance safety and environmental protection have been determined. This study goes further to look into how the region can benefit from Technical Cooperation to implement the projects. Recommendations on the need for further investigation on the subject have been made