Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Vedeler, Bjorn


This paper; "Port safety including handling, storage and disposal of dangerous goods," aims to enhance port safety and consequently efficiency and production in the ports of Namibia. It attempts to achieve this through the establishment of a soundly based safety policy common to all of the Namibian ports. The paper discusses the safety of employees; personnel protective equipment; safety conduct by the individual employees; legal obligations; plant and equipment; cargo handling gear and the disposal of dangerous cargo and the role of various national and international organizations in achieving port safety. It discusses the influences on safety and port development, especially with the increasing quantities of dangerous goods being handled in port today how accidents occur in the port due to various causes and all the preventive measures that may be taken to avert accidents. This paper recommends to make independent Namibia less dependent on Wai vis Bay (which still is under the control of S.A.) Luderitz Bay can be developed into a port for handling most of Namibia’s import and export requirements as it is a large natural habour with adequate space. The paper concludes, will ensure port efficiency and subsequent economic advantages for the Namibian nation.