Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
With the rapid development of foreign trade there has been a high rate of growth in the maritime transportation of dangerous cargoes. The transport by sea of dangerous cargoes incorporates, by nature, a higher risk than the shipment of non-hazardous cargoes. Safety is one of the most important aspects which must be seriously considered by the appointed specialised competent authorities. Therefore, the safe transport by sea of dangerous cargoes is regarded as one of the major objectives by the Maritime Safety Administration. This paper is a study of safe transport by sea of dangerous cargoes in freight containers. It briefly describes the present situation of sea transportation of dangerous cargoes in the People's Republic of China and emphasises the particular role of China's MSA in relation to the supervision and control of vessels carrying dangerous cargoes in freight containers. It analyses a number of weaknesses or problems that have arisen due to non-compliance with the requirements of international conventions and codes and national regulations concerning sea transportation of packaged dangerous cargoes. It also makes a comparison with the practices between developed countries and China with proposals on the further improvement of transport by sea of dangerous cargoes in freight containers in China. This study will help Chinese Maritime Safety Administration to further improve its practices in transport chain of packaged dangerous cargoes carried by vessels.