||Professor Patrick M. Alderton
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The aim of this book is to give a presentation of the basic elements of ports, covering their administration, economics, operation and management. As ports are among the oldest forms of transport infrastructure which have remained in continuous use. and have been a vital part in the social and economic growth of regions, it is necessary to consider, at least briefly, the historic development of ports in order to understand many of their facets. This book is intended to provide a complete picture of the ports industry so that those involved with ports can see their own specific field of interest in perspective and understand how the basic model of the port operates within the maritime transport industry. Maritime transport is a rapidly changing industry it is not sufficient to learn one's business by "sitting next to Nellie". Modern transport professionals must be able to adapt to, changes in the industry. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of modem management is the ability to manage change and it is hoped that this book will give an insight as to how port management has coped with change over the last century. When Gary Crook of UNCTAD was asked for a suitable title, he suggested "Ports: The misunderstood key to prosperity". Such an approach has become an integral part of most of the professional and academic courses that are concerned with shipping, ports and transport. The structure and content of this book are based on the lectures given to. and the interaction I have had with, students in London and at the World Maritime University in Malmo over the last 25 years...