Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Hansen-Tangen, E.


Maritime Administration of any country has to exercise control over the Classification Societies operating in its jurisdiction in order to achieve the objectives of the Administration. Responsibility and authority of Maritime Safety Administration with respect to Classification Societies are generally not well understood by many in the shipping industry, especially in the developing maritime countries. The shipping interests ought to know the roles of these cardinal organisations distinctively. This is an attempt to study the Maritime Safety Administration and Classification Societies in India and their mutual relationships. The circumstances eventually leading into the formation of a national Classification Society in India and dual classification system have also been considered, along with the maritime history of India. One of the objectives of this work is to arrive at some conclusions and to propose some improvements in the Maritime Safety Administration system in India, which in turn will automatically improve the quality of classification work to a great extent. These proposals are the outcome of the author's study of Maritime Administration of several countries, by visits and consultations. It is my sincere hope that this work will accomplish the purpose for which it is intended.