Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Malmö, Sweden


The Gambia

First Advisor

Hansen-Tangen, E.


This paper looks at the present status of some important maritime related matters in the Gambia, and identifies the possible roles a specialised arm of the Government, a Maritime Safety Administration, could play in these fields. As supporting information, some of the basic problems of developing maritime nations are enumerated, and an introduction to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), how it works, and "where" and "how" the organisation can help with its Technical Assistance Programme, is given. Also a brief note on maritime legislation and the roles and functions of an MSA. The conclusion arrived at warrants the establishment of a sound Maritime Safety Administration within the Ministry of Works and Communications, and in fulfilling this, a set of recommendations on the steps to be taken ensues.