Shipping is the life blood of the global economy.  Without shipping, global trade, the transportation of raw materials and the import/export of petroleum products, food and manufactured goods, would be a very challenging task.

As compared to other modes of transport, sea transport is economically and environmentally the most efficient way to travel or transport merchandise; nowadays, around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry.  The sea-related activities sector is essentially composed of organisations and activities, such as maritime transportation, commercial fishing and aquaculture industry, the naval industry, the cruise and recreational sector, sport and commercial ports and marinas, marine energy sources, navies, marine and ocean research and sciences, maritime training academies and training centres, a wide range of professional services around the maritime activities, and professional associations, trade unions and organisations supporting the rights and interests of seafarers and maritime professionals.  


The Shipping Division is the specialised arm of the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping.  It is responsible for all maritime safety, maritime security and prevention of pollution of the marine environment from ships and shipping matters.  As a Maritime Administration committed to fulfilling its flag State, port State and Coastal State functions, the Shipping Division provides the requisite support to the maritime industry and the global trading fleets in emerging fields of ocean economy. Registration of Ships, survey and certification of ships and enforcement of international conventions form an integral part of the entire process​.​