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Before the establishment of the Marine Department of Malaysia, Marine Department consists of three different independence Departments i.e. Marine Department Peninsular Malaysia, Marine Department Sabah and Marine Department Sarawak which were headed by different Heads of Service. As of 1st January 2011, Marine Department Peninsular Malaysia has integrated with Marine Department Sabah dan Marine Department Sarawak and known as the Marine Department of Malaysia. The first Director General of Marine Department of Malaysia is Y.Bhg Dato' Captain Haji Ahmad Bin Othman. The Marine Department is a government department under the purview of the Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Its objective is to administer matters related to shipping and ports including maritime affair within Malaysian waters.

To establish a safe, secure and systematic sea communication system, and marine conservation towards quality development of national maritime policy.


  • Ensure safe navigation of merchant vessels;
  • Provide services to merchant vessels such as ship inspection, certification, registration and licensing;
  • Provide services to ships navigating in Malaysian waters and ports;
  • Supervise examinations of seafarers.
  • Registration of ships and licensing of boats;
  • Regulating shipping laws;
  • Inspection of ships' safety;
  • Inspection of Flag State and Port State Control;
  • Regulating the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code);
  • Verification of International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS ) Code;
  • Investigation on ships accident;
  • Maritime safety and inspection of ships;
  • Training and examination;
  • Prevention and control of marine pollution;
  • Implement and monitor the implementation of international convention.


To be a leading world-class maritime safety and conservation of marine environment agency by year 2020.


To strengthen the maritime transportation system based on the compliance of national and international safety standards.