||Christof Luddeke and Contributors
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It is typical of our times and typical of the diverse man that Captain Christof Luddeke should have recognised the value and need for this book which so effectively covers the full scope of maritime operations. Typical of the man, who has such a special range of personal expertise and experience in the shipping industry, is the fact that in this book he recognises emphatically the aggregate value of the skills and knowledge of others and the need to make them both available and digestible. As leader of his team, whose individual reputations speak for themselves, his was the key role in judging what to include and, more importantly, what to omit. Typical of our times, the maritime industry in all its aspects, requires, now, as perhaps never before, professionalism of the highest order. Technology insists that data is available at once. Captain Luddeke has led his team of contributors to the common goal of providing immediately available information and expert comment. None of us can be expert in every maritime aspect and we each need help from others to be able to provide what commerce currently demands of us, whatever our individual area of professional responsibility. The first edition of this book, published in 1993, identified the requirement we all have for accurate information and expertise. That need grows daily and will never diminish, as this second edition exemplifies. This book gives us the comfort and confidence the better to do our job, whether it is ship operator, P & I manager, P & I correspondent, average adjuster, broker, surveyor or lawyer. Whatever our particular area of responsibility, we will be grateful for it. In presenting this book, Christof Luddeke classically represents the sentiment that anything can be achieved as long as the credit is shared.