Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Vanchiswar, P.S.


Peru has a long maritime history that goes back to the inca civilization who exploited the sea food. When the incas were conquered the Spaniards came across the sea, during the independence war General Jose de San Martin came from Argentina through Chile and then by sea to free Peru. Today the maritime activity plays an important role in the socio-economic development of Peru Consequently we never lost contact with this reality, and the life of the Peruvians depends in a great scale on the sea. This is the reason for the maritime Legislation to be included in the Peruvian Constitution, and for the Maritime Safety Administration -to be designated as "Direccion General de Capitanias y Guardacostas", under the authority of the Department of the Navy, in coordination with the Department of Transport and Communication. Consequently, we need a specific Maritime Legislation that covers Merchant Shipping, Ports, Merchant Marine Personnel, Ports Captains, Coast Guard function. Coast Guard Personnel, Coast Guard Vessels, Fishing Vessels, Fishermen, Merchant Navy School, Measures for Search and Rescue operations. Control of Different Traffic Schemes, Maritime Environment Protection, and which enforces all IMO Conventions regarding safety of Life at Sea, Training and Certification of Seafarers, Pollution Control and so forth.