Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Muirhead, Peter M.


Within maritime transport dangerous goods count for about 50%. According to the general name, they present different types of risk and, therefore, dangers to life of all kinds. This dissertation is a, study of some aspects of the transport of dangerous goods by sea. The classification criteria are examined since classification is the gateway through which certain goods enter into a special domain governed by specific rules. As the sea mode of transport handles very large quantities of dangerous goods and, sometimes, for long periods of time, the safety requirements for ships are analyzed as to ensure the safe movement of such goods. Within the transportation chain the port is, probably, the most sensitive link. The aspects of entry procedures, storage and segregation, checking, emergency response, and national regulation for port areas are examined. To meet the requirements for emergency response, guidelines for contingency planning are given. All operations of the management of dangerous goods are carried out by people. Safety relies largely on them. Special attention is paid to the training of the people involved and the ways to achieve good results are shown. The final chapter is intended as a suggestion as to how the national regulations should be designed and what they should contain. The necessity to harmonize regulations pertaining to different modes of transport is emphasized in the conclusions.