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The present publication is a very useful reference book for people willing to qualify and validate the information obtained from the popular media about maritime piracy. It provides readers with a perfect intro to the maritime security and is equally directed to government officials, students and security professionals. The fundamentals of the commercial shipping are detailed in this volume. The author explains in a very clear and understandable language how the commercial sea ports function and how ships operate, what threats exist there and what security procedures and policies must be implemented in order to mitigate those threats.