Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Hansen-Tangen, E.


Sea trade is an international industry, and it links maritime countries, no matter whether these countries are developed or developing. The optimum participation of developing countries in the maritime transport system of the world shall be the consequential and very beneficial result of appropriate national maritime development, including the essential development of national shipping. Merchant ships are increasingly carrying goods between countries, and it is therefore of great importance that safe global standards be fully implemented. In the family of nations, the developing countries constitute the majority, and their important roles and efforts to implement the safety conventions are highly appreciated. The purpose of this paper is to describe the present maritime administration in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and to emphasize the general needs for its development to fulfil its vital role. These objectives can be achieved only by a well organized Maritime Safety Administration which will provide a machinery which undertakes functions including implementation of the requirements of international maritime safety conventions and national regulations.