||Costas Th. Grammenos
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In the several years that have passed since the times when the first Handbook was released, everyone has noticed numerous events that impacted the shipping markets. The present release of the Handbook contains numerous chapters covering such the important aspects of the maritime economics and business as the business during the XXI century, globalization-related issues, patterns of the international shipping, energy economics, shipping freight markets, shipping market cycles, modal split functions, recreation of the profit/loss of voyages conducted in the very distant past, a brief overview of the today's dry bulk shipping industry, short sea shipping, the tanker marker, its structure and associated economic analysis, co-operation and competition in liner shipping, the evolution of the global supply chain management plus the response of the liner shipping companies. There is a separate part that has been dedicated solely to the vessel safety and pollution from ships, covering economic measures for air pollution control, accident analysis etc. The other chapters address shipping operationa and management, shipping investments, finance and strategy, port economics and various important management aspects of the international logistics, information technology in logistics and shipping business, and others. The book has been influenced by the events that occurred in the early XXI century...