Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
General Maritime Administration & Environment Protection
This dissertation provides an overview of the marine environment protection issue on the ships of Lithuanian Shipping Company. The Lithuanian Shipping Company LISCO is the biggest shipping company in Lithuania. Until 1991 LISCO was a part of the USSR merchant fleet and could not carry out not only the whole policy of the company independently from Moscow but even a policy of environmental protection from pollution from ships. After 1991, when Lithuania achieved independence from the USSR, LISCO has became an independent state company. LISCO has worked for only 7 years in the free shipping market, so, it is interesting to investigate what was done during the short period of time, is now being done and will be done in the near future in this field of activities. What kinds of environmental problems are facing LISCO? How are they solving these problems? This study will analyse preparedness of Lithuanian Shipping Company to meet strengthening requirements for environmental protection and how it will affect LISCO itself. This dissertation also identifies the weakest points regarding pollution on the LISCO ships, when ships’ surveillance was carried out, and what kinds of environmental protection equipment exist on LISCO ships. Is this equipment capable of ensuring required limits when wastes are discharged after treatment in the equipment? The conclusions summarise what the situation in the company and on ships is at present. Recommendations suggest several proposals about how to ensure environmental protection and what kind of equipment could be possible to install on LISCO ships for better prevention of marine environment.