Twelve years back the Pacific Area USCG Commander proclaimed the intention of the United Stated to push back their sea borders by about two thousand miles. This step was actually expected by him to eliminate or at least significantly reduce the terror threat faced by America. And his statement actually reflected the new attitude that concerned the policing of the world oceans not only by America but also by some other countries.

The principles of navigation freedom of the traditional Law of the Sea and exclusive jurisdiction of the Flag States is considered a serious obstacle for fighting against terror and it also affects some other security concerns. And this, in turn, has resulted in the interferences on the high seas becoming common. The shipping industry witnessed the similar scenarios when the United Stated made attempts to fight international crimes, such as the piracy and pirate broadcasting, slave trading etc.

The present volume is providing the discussion on the most important issues involved, for example the international organizations and their responsibilities, lawful conduct and associated liability, and others considered important in today's world.

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The publication contains the results of thorough examination of the port state jurisdiction concept from the international maritime law point of view. The author of the volume have particularly focused on the situations where the port states used their jurisdiction to apply the unilateral domestic law to the foreign-flagged ships.

In order to illustrate these situations together with the legal issues involved, the author has performed the detailed analysis of three pieces of legislation, one being from United States, another from European Union and the last one from Australia. The key issues included the legality of the attempts done by the port states to regulate the important aspects of the ship's structure/equipment on board and some of the activities normally taking place prior to a ship's arrival in port.

Since the international law of today presents not too many restrictions on the port state actions, the developments in the field might have quite serious impact on the future of the maritime legislation in the international context. A recommended reading for the people with the interest in the international maritime regulation and practicing maritime lawyers, in the first turn.

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This book is covering a very wide range of the relevant topics giving so interesting in-depth discussions and analyses of the real failures commonly occurring in the governance practice. It may serve as an excellent reference source for the policy-makers as well as for the newcomers since it is discussing the existing maritime policies together with the political history of the shipping industry.

Michael Roe, who is also the author of another publication on the same topic and coming under "Maritime governance - speed, flow, form, process" title, is providing readers with the detailed professional analysis of the jurisdictional arrangements currently in place.

The book is addressing the basic questions of the jurisdiction, governance and policy-making, applying them to the maritime shipping field. Such approach makes the publication much more interesting to the wide audience including specialists, researchers, students and government officials - it will also be appreciated by all people having commercial or industrial interest in maritime sector.

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There are many articles and books available today and covering the jurisdiction and arbitration considered two mechanisms developed to ensure the predictability and impartiality of the dispute resolution internationally. However, most of those publications are not dealing with the maritime context.

In addition, it shall be noted that they are quite seldom juxtaposed and there are little to no comparative treaties authored. The author of the present volume has attempted to fill this void since there were many reasons to undertake such effort. Subject clauses are connected to the transport documentation.

Since the maritime trade is of international character, quite significant portion of the internationally available forum agreements is originating from the maritime contracts. The content of this document mainly bases on the comparative approach, seeking to explain the rules existing today within the legal context and also to create a coherent system for jurisdiction and arbitration clauses, taking into account all underlying interests and economic theory.

It offers detailed answers to the major questions of jurisdiction/arbitration clauses while confronting the fundamental question of freedom limitation.

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The book starts with some introduction where the author describes the main components of marine transportation system, addressing the major developments that commonly affect marine transportation and touching the preparation for the future developments in the field. The second chapter is addressing the marine transportation demand including current demand and forecasting methods, assumptions and confidence.

The third part of the document is dealing with the federal roles in MT which is basically ensuring the marine safety and protection of the environment, facilitating commercial issues and promoting the national security. The remaining chapters of the volume compare the federal roles in marine transportation with their role in highway and air transportation, provide the information about the MTS conditions, performance and demands, and give the information and analysis to be used when making decisions.

Two appendices to the main part provide Statements of William Gray and James McCarville. A good volume for the people with serious interest in the fundamentals of maritime transportation - they will find all information they may require.

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The author of the volume is providing the examination of the counterproliferation activities of the nations that commonly participate in the PSI, i.e. Proliferation Security Initiative, explaining the relevant framework for the interception activities. He has also examined the significance of the intelligence to those operations, together with the assessment of the legal issues that are raised by the operations.

In addition to that, he provided a comprehensive overview of all threats normally posed by the WMD proliferation. According to the reviews done by the experts in the field, the strength of this publication would include the highly readable yet concise introduction to the subject and valuable brief notes provided by the author and related to the evolution of the PSI and responses to it together with the operational reality with regard to the intelligence in relevant operations.

The book will be interesting to the practicing maritime lawyers or anyone else dealing with the maritime security matters; it also surveys the most effective measures adopted by the states to supplement the nonproliferation regime. The author's contribution has been greatly appreciated and found very important and accessible.

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One of the most popular publications on the shipping law written by the authors and released to provide readers with detailed commentary every article of the Hague-Visby Rules.The original intention of the authors was to place subject articles within the context of the court decisions and Rules. It is a really must-have rulebook for everyone making decision or involved in shipping law in any other way.

The volume shall be treated as practical annotation to the content of the subject Rules and will therefore be practically useful for the lawyers. In fact, the volume is the essential reading for anyone affected by the new Rules from the barristers and legal advisers to solicitors and claims handlers.

The tables of cases have also been included as supplementary material, together with the applicable legislation. The authoritative content of the document will allow readers to expand their understanding of the Rules and better advise their clients. Highly recommended work by the team of recognized experts.

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It is considered a matter of the top importance at the time of each and every marine incident that evidence should be preserved and collated, while all facts pertaining to the subject incidents are still kept fresh in the minds of the witnesses. The master's role is vital - probably often as a main protagonist but also always as an authoritative "on-the-spot" co-coordinator.

Eventual success in making the maritime claims of defending them would be mainly dependent upon the vigor, with which the shipmaster performs these duties. This book will help shipmasters to act vigorously, intelligently and effectively in performing subject duties. And that is the reason why it should be treated as invaluable asset, which every shipmaster must have ready in his bookshelf on board.

The publication will for sure be practically useful to the people directly involved in preparation ashore for prosecuting, settling or defending claims. This official document release by the nautical institute shall be possessed on board every vessel and all ship officers shall get themselves duly familiarized with its content since this is considered critically important and must-know information.

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