Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Hansen-Tangen, E.


Many concerned decision makers in developing countries are not, fully aware of what the potentials of Classification Societies are and of their different roles and possibilities regarding the developmental aspects of a maritime administration. They are therefore often misunderstood. A review of the relevant background helps to explain why Classification Societies have been playing such an important role for centuries. As shipping is an international business, developing countries should be actively involved in international maritime standard setting, in order to maximize their shipping benefits. To achieve the ultimate aim of a sound maritime administration structure, it is necessary to identify the potential contribution that Classification Societies can make to developing countries. When dealing with Classification Societies, developing countries should conduct all arrangements on the basis of a comprehensive and thorough assessment of: — the entire definite obligations of the Administration; — the possibilities and needs of the Administration; - the potentials of the Societies; - the cost / benefit effects. In this attempt it is recommended that ways are examined in which Classification Societies and the Governments of developing countries can cooperate through well-balanced agreements to promote their mutual interests.