The present publication provides readers with the results obtained in the course of the very latest researches as well as the technological innovations that all were presented during the Conference held in Trondheim, Norway in 2014.

The content of the document is arranged in several chapters, presenting the articles covering such areas as the optimization of the port-ship interface, maritime transportation activities and related operations in the Arctic region, effective infrastructure of the sea ports, various novel fuels including LNG, their use and distribution, use of the environmentally-friendly and efficient sources of energy in ports and on board ships, remotely controlled and remotely monitored shipping traffic control and surveillance, logistics optimization, safe maritime operations and many other important topics.

The volume is expected to significantly contribute to the reliability and efficiency of the maritime transport and operations; it will be useful to the practicing engineers and scientists working in the field of marine technology researches.

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All members of the international maritime shipping industry clearly understand the critical importance that the international maritime labor law has, looking at the economic and socio-political aspects, as well. This has also been officially recognized by the International Maritime Law Institute which has organized training courses on this subject with the persons participating in the courses representing ILO, IMO, ITWF and other internationally recognized organizations.

The main content of the present monograph was prepared to cover the fundamentals of the law. The most fundamental challenge of the labor law is to achieve the proper balance between the practical interest of the two major stakeholders. The motto chosen by the authors for incorporation into the title of this volume clearly describes the content of the document. Recommended to the professional maritime lawyers as well as to the students and all persons interested in the maritime law and labor related issues.

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Here is a research work performed by the Rear Admiral Raja Menon trying to provide the explanation of how the maritime strategy relates to the warfare, paying particular attention to the mid-size and small powers who may possibly have little to no understanding on the value of a Navy. Following are the main topics addressed in this book - War and strategy; Current literature and case histories on the maritime strategy in the continental wars.

The remaining chapters of the volume are covering such important aspects of the maritime strategy as the wars on the economies and the Navies, the newly introduced option of the amphibious warfare, the United States maritime strategy, useable maritime strategy and battlespace dominance together with the speed of battle. A good volume for the persons with the interest in these aspects of the maritime strategy and naval issues.

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In the past couple of decades the concept of "maritime", as opposed to "sea" or "naval", power has emerged within the maritime literature to describe the multidimensional and much more complex relationship existing there between states and the seas, oceans and rivers in the XXI century.

Maritime power, which can be defined as the ability of a government to achieve the declared political goals or a desired effect using the maritime domain, provides an important means to protect and further advance the national interests. The main purpose of the present volume was to provide a contribution to the ongoing debates on the topic of the measurement/assessment of a state's maritime power.

In fact, the ability to use the maritime domain enables the state authorities to perform a wider array of the relevant maritime tasks/functions which would commonly include the traditional maritime roles, for example war-fighting and maritime diplomacy, and their ability to perform various non-military roles, i.e. preserving maritime and environmental resources, protecting the maritime borders etc. Maritime power is therefore an important tool of statecraft and is the focus of this book...

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Everyone knows that the maritime piracy is the oldest and classic the international crime; in the frames of the international law the pirates are commonly and deservedly treated as the "enemies of mankind". Though it was prevalent in the period between and including XVII and XVIII centuries, regretfully maritime piracy has not completely gone away.

Nowadays, the maritime piracy mainly affects the waters off West and East Africa and Southeast Asia, but it can and does strike worldwide at any time. It is considered a very serious threat to the international maritime shipping, imposing highest financial costs together with the costs of welfare and even human life. Over the past ten years three thousand or more actual and attempted pirate attacks were reported, and the annual costs were estimated somewhere between six and seven billion dollars.

This amount is actually down from as much as sixteen billion just a few years ago—due in large part, we believe, to the increasing use of on-board armed guards. Still, the problem remains a significant one that has bedeviled international efforts at enforcing anti-piracy laws. The purpose of this monograph is to use economic methods both to describe the nature of maritime piracy and to understand the difficulties involved in organizing optimal enforcement efforts...

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This book is mainly dealing with the modern ship technology matters confronted by the management of the shipping companies during the recent decades. Some of the specific technologies have been described together with their regulatory, economic and even political aspects.

The content is arranged in fifteen chapters. While the first chapter is introductory, providing readers with some general overview of the shipping industry of today, chapters 2 to 6 are devoted to the liner shipping - that main emphasis has been set by the author to the real life examples taken from the experience of the shipping companies operating in America, such as the American Mail Line, American President Lines and others.

The chapters 7 to 13 are dealing with the fleet investment analysis, again based on the business experience of such companies as Ogden Marine, Legrand Shipping Co., Laval Maritime and other. Finally, the last chapter of this book addresses the ship-port interface using the Seadock and Loop and Venture Oil as the examples.

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Michael Roe, the author of this book, is providing readers with the original analysis of the various problems that commonly face global governance; particular attention has been paid to the shipping industry as it is one of the most globalized industries. Obviously, the difficulties faced by the international maritime shipping industry originate from its globalized nature.

The characteristics of the global governance are mainly dwarfed by the existing problem of fixation meaning that the policies addressing the current safety, security and environment problems are not adequate. The publication will provide a discussion of how exactly the governance could be animated globally to prevent the dynamical development of the maritime industry problems.

The unique approach of the author to the global governance has made this volume a truly essential reading for the policy makers and persons engaged in the analysis of the important maritime issues together with the people interested in governance in a wider sense.

The author has examined the controversies surrounding the governance with specific reference made to the maritime sector. Note that we have another book by Michael Roe on similar subject, it is devoted to the maritime governance and policy-making.

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We definitely have to emphasize the significance of the today's international liner shipping since a majority of the international trade is being effected by sea and the share of the liner shipping in the total freight revenue exceeds fifty percent. However, it appears that people are not actually well aware of the fundamentals of the liner shipping industry, especially its economics.

This book was prepared and released with the ultimate intention to cover the gap in the information and let people get familiarized with the most important aspects of the international liner shipping industry. Its content is arranged in three major sections - the first section addresses the liner shipping industry itself, providing general information on the subject. while the second section is dealing with the optimization of the liner service.

In turn, the third and last section of the publication is devote to the conference systems and their economic evaluation. These three parts altogether are expected to make a complete book of economics of the international liner shipping. Different approaches have been used when compiling the book but they have eventually resulted in a very useful and readable publication.

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