Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Balmer, T.F.


Bangladesh has got several state run maritime training establishments for its seafaring personnel. These establishments are attracting a lot of bright youths with good education for training to man the merchant navy and fishing fleet. These establishments are faced with many problems and unable to provide a broad based education to become leaders in the industry or for post-sea career. The merchant navy is saturated with officers and ratings. Presently many officers are working in lower capacity with superior certificates with little hope for progress in career. The situation is frustrating to all. The main purpose of this paper is to assess the present condition of maritime education and suggest a broad based education so that the seafarers can become leaders of the industry and can seek post-sea career in order to do that it will, look at the maritime industries in Bangladesh the various national and international requirements for maritime training, the present system available in various developed countries before reaching the conclusion and recommendations. Among the main conclusions reached are the absence of national legislation on certification of officers, lack of development fund, lack of qualified teaching staff. The main recommendations are integration of maritime education with national system and national legislation for certification of officers of merchant navy to degree level and diploma for fishing vessel officers.