Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


General Maritime Administration & Environment Protection


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Sampson, Theodore.


This dissertation synthesizes a conceptual plan for the provision of reception facilities to improve marine environmental protection in the Philippines. The study is premised on the perception that the various pollution control measures formulated by the Philippine Coast Guard, which are mandated to address ship source pollution, are not being implemented due to the absence or severe inadequacy of the needed reception facilities in ports. The extent of maritime activities is presented while the various legislation, rules and regulations adopted by the Government concerning marine environmental protection in general, and the provision of reception facilities in particular, are examined. In the same manner, existing operations of port reception facilities and waste management practice in the Philippines are also examined. The operational modalities of reception facilities of selected countries are considered and evaluated for their adaptability within the Philippine setting and especially the particular aspect of financing and cost recovery which is considered a critical issue.‘ With the foregoing, strategic considerations were formulated for the provision of reception facilities that should be initiated by the Philippine authorities in participation with the private sector. The concluding chapter summarizes the necessary approaches for the provision of reception facilities, which has been considered an important complimentary provision of MARPOL 73/78, in the Philippine setting. It is hoped that the plan will guide and influence concerned authorities and private enterprises to achieve total marine environmental protection, parallel with the IMO’s objective of “Safer Ships and Cleaner_Oceans”.