Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Hansen-Tangen, E.


Presently in India there are various Acts and Regulations controlling the Inland Vessels. Since these regulations are framed by the different authorities there are many variations in the rules controlling the industry. It is not the purpose of this paper to set out rules for the Inland Vessels. The aim of this paper is to achieve harmonised standard for examination and survey of the inland vessels as well as examination and certification of personnel serving on board these vessels. Also to incorporate in the rules the immediate need for prevention of pollution of inland waters by the inland vessels, on the basis of different acts of the country, since none of the existing rules for the inland vessels deals with the question of pollution from these vessels. The paper projects the need for one rule and standardisation of navigational aids throughout the country, so that for examination as well as for actual navigation, operators do not face any practical difficulty.