Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Balmer, T.F.


This paper, "Port Safety; An Occupational Approach", aims to enhance port safety and consequently efficiency and production in the ports of Liberia. It attempts to achieve this through the establishment of a soundly-based safety policy common to all of the Liberian ports. The paper discusses the role of various national and international organizations in achieving port safety; the influences on safety and port development, especially with the increasing quantities of dangerous substances being handled in ports today; it considers means whereby high safety investments directed to ports can be substituted by considering an occupational approach to achieve an acceptable level of port safety. The general conclusion of the paper, which is discussed in its entirety, states that by establishing a well-balanced and practical occupational safety policy, the ports of Liberia can substitute expensive sophistication by a highly safety conscious staff who will be in the position to use basic safety rules coupled with common sense to enhance port safety. This the paper concludes, will ensure port efficiency and subsequent economic advantages for the Liberian nation.