The present book is one of the excellent volumes making the popular Control Engineering Series. Nowadays, the freight transportation is really vital to the safe and effective functioning of the human societies and it shall be noted that the transportation chain has already considerably expanded.

One of the greatest challenges of the modern cargo transportation industry are increasing capacity at sea ports and movements in the supply chain while attempting to be compliant with the applicable economical, environmental, political and other important requirements. It is becoming quite obvious that the solutions that were traditionally applied in the past, cannot be considered feasible any longer. However, it should also be taken into attention that the latest advances in IT, data management, telecommunications as well as computation tools, could definitely provide the participants of the industry with some new and promising approaches.

The publication by Petros Ioannou was released with the declared intention of the author to touch the most important aspects of the majority of issues that usually affect throughput for the large container ports. The book is remarkably well-organized and very reader-friendly; it consists of seventeen chapters addressing the key aspects of intelligent freight transportation, such as port choice and competition, automation of terminals, various environmental issues etc.

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Properly conducted and efficient measurement always plays a very important role in all kinds of production. The team of authors of this book made an attempt to analyze the relationship between three factors - ownership, competition and, finally, port efficiency by means of traditional theories and empirical examination. With the ongoing globalization of the world economy, the importance of the container port industry is increasing.

The research conducted by the authors was mainly motivated by the existing contrast between the importance of today's container port industry and a very limited number of thorough scientific researches of the economic theories underpinning it. Most part of such theories is based simply on the assumptions and shall be investigated much more thoroughly. Another motivating factor was the importance of the efficiency measurement and lack of such researches in the industry in question. This publication consists of seven chapter, with first and last ones being introduction and conclusion, correspondingly.

The main body of the book is telling readers about the economic theory of container port production, describes some of the alternative approaches to the measurement of the efficiency, provides model specification and data, as well as empirical analysis and results. Numerous appendices provide some required supplementary info.

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This book provides readers with a necessary guidance on the whole survey process - they will know what shall be done to prepare, and what exactly would constitute good practice; all info presented in the publication is completely detailed, making the process able to be executed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In addition to the process of conducting the survey, some supplementary topics have been described in this book - such topics include the ships likely encountered, the rigging and gear, as well as the required special techniques. The author performed an excellent and thorough research, providing numerous practical examples and photo reference materials; you will understand not only what happens during the marine surveys but also how the ship officers and marine surveyors are expected to perform those surveys.

This book ensures that the readers clearly understand each step of the surveying process. In fact, it is the first work to describe the on/off-hire and bunker surveys so comprehensively and, at the same time, in a very clear and easy to understand way. The publication includes numerous images and illustrations to clarify the key concepts outlines by the author. We would highly recommend this book to anyone who is conducting marine surveys or planning to get involved in such activities in the future. Apart from theory, the book is full of valuable practical examples.

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Subject document was initially prepared and subsequently released to explain all interested readers the way how exactly the global unionism in the shipping industry did appear. Nathan Lillie - the author - argues that the industrial nature of shipping and, particularly, the inter-connected structure of the associated production chains did facilitate the total globalization of union bargaining, together with the trans-nationalization of the union structures.

And this has resulted in the global institutions of the collective bargaining as well as effective and active participation in regulatory politics. The present study uses a very broad variety of the reliable and well-respected sources plus effective analytical techniques, basing mainly on the numerous interviews made with several union officials plus other maritime industry people from the different countries.

The author of the title has combined the analytical traditions in international relations and industrial relations intending to demonstrate and explain how exactly the actors of industrial relations participate in global political arenas. Though the relationships existing there between the industrial relations and international areas might actually be a bit sharper and more obvious in shipping than elsewhere, subject interactions do have wide and, what shall be noted, constantly increasing importance in all other relevant sectors.

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Here is another useful publication released by the marine professionals of the Marine Insight web resource, and this one is addressing the commercial operations of the oil tankers and associated documentations. It has been compiled by one of the leading marine experts of the community fact. Handling the documentation properly is extremely important since any, even relatively small, mistake could easily result in the significant loss of revenue.

Therefore, it is a "must" to be duly familiar with the professional jargon and all documents involved. The publication is divided into seven major chapters dealing with the finding cargo and fixing the ship, important documentation for the terminal and for the surveyor, and at the load and at the discharge port. There is a separate chapter dedicated to the letters of protest, i.e. LoP. In addition to that, a Glossary providing main terms and definitions supplements the publication.

This book will be very useful for anyone involved in making arrangements in the field of the oil transportation by sea. The amount as well as quality of the material provided in it makes the publication of great interest for any maritime business professional as it allows them to make proper decisions affecting the effectiveness of such deals.

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A truly authoritative guidebook expertly addressing the important issues of the maritime safety together with the instruments available to help people bring about improvement. It will be very useful for everyone who are directly engaged in the design or operation of the vessels.

The ambition of the author of this volume was to provide the students with a wider and more thorough understanding of all associated safety aspects of the vessel itself and as a transportation system. For Svein Kristensen it was quite important to address the known fact that maritime safety is not something only about the techniques and methods but it also concerns with the knowledge related to the save behavior. Engineers are commonly engaged in operations influencing risks and they may also be assigned the responsibility for the safety management in competition with the relevant time-pressure and economic considerations.

The content of the book has been organized in four parts, The first part provides the background, providing the introduction, giving the picture of the maritime risk and addressing the applicable rules and regulations. The second part deals with the statistical methods, including monitoring of the risk. The third part covers the risk analysis, including the estimation of damage, various risk analysis techniques, traffic based models, formal assessment of safety and cost benefit analysis.

Finally, the closing part of the book deals with the safety management and operations, covering the human factors, occupational safety matters and accident analysis, safety management and emergency preparedness...

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Green Shipping Management

   Environmentally friendly operations have been widely discussed. As transport service providers that facilitate trade flows in the global supply chain, many shipping firms have begun to respond to environmental concerns by embracing green shipping practices to green their operations. GSPs are environmental management practices undertaken by shipping firms in performing shipping activities. GSPs include calculating the carbon footprint of shipping routes and using alternative shipping equipment with the aim to reduce environmental damage in transporting cargoes. An example is the operations of River Shuttle Containers, a service provided by the CMA CGM to transfer containers between main and feeder ports by ships that have a higher carrying capacity than trucks. Compared with the use of trucks, the use of feeder ships to provide shuttle services reduces carbon emissions...

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Maritime Governance - Speed, Flow, Form, Process

   This book examines the controversies that surround governance and policy-making in the light of globalisation and with specific reference to the most globalised of all industries—the maritime sector and international shipping in particular. It forms part two of a three-part consideration of the issues that underlie the problems faced by the maritime sector which are manifested in the death, injury, environmental degradation and inefficiency that characterises the industry. In turn, these can be represented as three dimensions. Dimension 1 is the situation as it exists for maritime governance and policy-making and was considered in detail in the earlier volume—Maritime Governance and Policy-Making (Roe 2013). The impact of globalisation upon international shipping was analyzed and the inadequacies of the current hierarchical structure characterised by four features was assessed: the excessive significance still attributed to the nation-state in maritime governance; the domination of anachronistic institutions; the limited range of stakeholders; and the predominant influence of shipowners.

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