Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Mathieu, Charles E.
The establishment of a new Maritime Safety Department in the Ministry of Maritime Transport and Ports will serve to safeguard the national fleet and help it withstand the many risks which can be encountered at sea. In some chapters of this paper, the question of safety for both national and foreign ships is dealt with. The main topics which are dealt with in detail include: Maritime legislation, Survey and Inspection of Ships, Certification of Ships, Maritime Training and Manning, Port State Control, Marine Casualty Investigation, Search and Rescue, Shipboard Safety, Adoption and Implementation of International Maritime Conventions and the Prevention and Combat of Marine Pollution. topics which more briefly discussed include: Registration and Nationality of Ships since both topics are close to public and private law rather than safety. Safety of fishing vessels is also discussed briefly. The last chapter draws the conclusion of this research paper. In this chapter the advantages of the department and the possible problems which it may encounter are discussed. Each topic is followed by recommendations. However, no recommendations are made to the topics of registration and nationality. In the topics of Maritime Training and Manning, instead of the recommendations, only the negative effects of poor training and inadequate manning are mentioned.