Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Mottram, David J.


The dissertation is a study of the present shipping situation in Mozambique, focusing on the coastal shipping company as an operating unit, and the industry as a whole. A short overview is given at the shipping industry and its environment. The environment includes such things as the characteristics of the market or markets within the coastal shipping company, Navique. Its operations and the amount and type of competition it faces within these markets are investigated. Other environmental factors are the political and economic changes, which are affecting the operating procedures, the government policies and regulations. Further, the cargo carrying capacity needs and potential of the coastal trade are examined. A number of international conventions were identified in order to determine their impact upon the Mozambican shipping industry. For Navique, the frequency of sailing’s, types of services offered, personnel policies as well as the age and physical characteristics of its ships were evaluated in order to establish an effective operating environment. A proposal for the establishment of a training programme is tackled through highlighting the effects on the overall performance of the shipping industry. Finally, proposals to adopt specific measures and actions are presented.