Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Balmer, T.F.


A sound and comprehensive education policy is one of the key elements of a national maritime transportation system and its related activities. Technological innovations in the maritime industry, together with changed shipboard organisation and job functions which have modified attitudes towards the seafaring profession, require careful re-examination of maritime education as a whole and such reappraisals have recently been undertaken in several maritime countries with a view to the rationalisation of existing systems. The main purpose of this paper is to identify and evaluate the major factors to be considered in the formulation of a sound and comprehensive policy for maritime education. The research undertaken has been focussed on various maritime education systems in different parts of the world. The principal conclusion reached is that a healthy maritime education policy can be established if, and only if, decisions on its formulation are taken, or at least heavily influenced, by an organisation which is primarily concerned with maritime training in its entirety, which is representative of all interested parties! such parties being shipowners, seafarers unions, educationalists and the appropriate Government Departments.