The Maritime Department is a regulatory arm of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, responsible for all matters relating to water transport, as well as those issues pertaining to the implementation of the policies and directions sanctioned under various Regional and International conventions such as SADC, COMESA, IMO etc. As a technical wing of the Ministry, the Department plays a crucial role in the provision of advisory services to other Government institutions and stakeholders in water Transport Industry.

A safe, reliable and environmentally friendly Water Transport

To create a sustainable infrastructure and provide services for a safe, efficient and economic water transport for the benefit of the public, operators and the economy.

Mandate and Responsibilities
The mandate of the department is prescribed in the Inland waters Shipping Act (1995) which provides a legal framework for the Water Transport. Under this act, the Department is charged with the responsibility to administer regulatory provisions governing Maritime Safety, Maritime Education and Training, Port Management and operations and Maritime Pollution Control . The department authority is is further derived from the provisions of the National Transport Policy Document (November 2000) of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works.

•Regulate Vessel Safety and Control
•Provide Ports Services.
•Regulate Maritime Pollution Control.
•Provide Maritime Training .

Contacts:Department Of Maritime Services
Address: Private Bag A-81 Lilongwe 3.
Tel:(265) 01 752 666/01 755 546
Fax: (265) 01 750 157
Responsible Officer:Director of Maritme Services
Mr Laston Makuzula


"To ensure the provision of effective and sustainable transport system."


"A sustainable, safe, efficient and reliable transport system."


To establish a safe and sustainable transport system that can foster a competitive operation of commercially viable, financially sustainable and environmentally friendly services.

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