Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This paper will examine the evolving role of the port State with regard to the enforcement of international safety of life at sea and pollution control standards and its effect on improving maritime safety and reducing vessel-source pollution. Chapter 2 will analyze the flag State enforcement regime, with particular emphasis on flags of convenience or open registries countries demonstrating the inadequacy of flag State enforcement and the need for port State control. Chapter 3 will examine the concept and legal requirements of the port State control regime. Chapter 4 will focus on the role of the port State with respect to the control of vessel-source pollution. Finally, Chapter 5 will provide a summary conclusion as to the adequacy and problems of the port State regime.