As we all know, some changes of fundamental nature did come to the maritime Arctic region in the beginning of our century. Those interested in the subject are aware of the fact that the ice covering the surface of the Arctic Ocean is being transformed in terms of its character, as well as extent and thickness of the ice layer. The Arctic is integrating into the global economy owing to the active exploration and development of the oil, gas and other natural resources in the area.

The subject developments in economy create a need for the systems of marine transportation that would be capable of operating in the safe and effective manner, considering the coverage of the waters by ice. The present publication addresses the perspectives of the Arctic environments undergoing the changes, with the due attention paid to the opportunities presented for the maritime shipping industry.

They have also focused on the increasing interest in the development of the new trade routes in the Arctic region as well as the important aspects of the commercial maritime transportation and development of the natural resources mentioned above. One of the critical steps towards the Arctic stewardship was introduction and implementation of the IMO Polar Code.

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Despite all the numerous efforts made by the maritime authorities as well as the coastal officials, the ships engaged in the transportation off the oil cargo still need so much of assistance when it comes to working in the proximity of the environmentally sensitive areas. The three recent casualties involving tankers showed that the due attention should be paid to the subject in order to avoid the reoccurrence.

The present publication was prepared to provide all interested readers with the valuable information in this respect. According to the reader reviews, the author of the book has presented the contents in a remarkably attractive was making reading it very intriguing. The author made a brilliant historical combination of the events that took place in the recent years but in fact are not depicted in detailed in most of the publications – this is the gap which the author wanted to fill.

The efforts taken by the author have eventually resulted in the impressive title that immediately gained popularity in the industry. We definitely recommend this book, and not only to the people working on tankers or engaged in tanker shipping but to all those caring about the safety of the shipping an protection of the marine environment. я

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In the present publication released by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the port agency is defined as looking after the demands of ta vessel together with its crew members not only before and during calling at port but after that as well. Subject work is normally entrusted to the agents since it is quite rare for the vessels to regularly call at ports where the ship owner is based.

The agents are seen by all other parties involved as people representing the vessel - this is their role. The content of this volume is mainly concentrating on agency for the chartered vessels rather than the liner traders. It should be noted, however, that the liner ships are in same need for the port agency as tankers, tramp ships and any others.

The author starts the book with explaining the most popular types of the ships, then proceeding to the registration and classification related matters. The safety certificates are covered in the third chapter along with the associated surveys, while the fourth chapter addresses the charter parties.

The remaining chapters of the publication deal with the port operations and time count, ship trade geography, cargo paperwork, practical duties and obligations of the port agents, relationships with the principals including reporting events and office organization, and many other important aspects.

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The liner trading is considered the backbone of the world trade. The vast majority of the whole world's exports of finished cargoes are normally transported by the liner shipping companies having fixed schedules featuring rigid regularity, which allows the manufacturers to rely on the service enabling the famous just-in-time working philosophy.

The highest efficiency and also relatively low costs of the maritime container shipping makes the transportation costs nearly incidental to the landed prices of the exported goods, and this is truth in the most cases and for most types of cargoes, i.e. everything that could fit in a standard shipping container. The liner shipping industry traditionally plays critically important role in the worldwide transportation of goods, it is always demanding, interesting and in most cases complicated noting the number of port pairs commonly fitted into a loading/discharge schedule. The volume opens with a section providing definition of the liner trading.

The main content of the book covers such important aspects of liner trading as types of liner ships and cargoes handled, management and organization of liner shipping, containerization, unitization and intermodalism, co-operation between different operators, consortia, alliances, consolidation in liner shipping, development of the service networks, cargo selection, pricing, as well as the finance and legal aspects.

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People tend to take for granted the ongoing sophistication of today's global shipping infrastructure providing us with literally everything we use and consume every day. The goods of all sizes and shapes are handled faster from year to year. The transit times get shorter and price for transportation lower. The marine transportation of cargoes is usually considered most efficient and this is particularly applicable to heavier cargoes.

Modern shipping industry relies on the effective logistics to ensure the timely and efficient transportation of the goods. The present publication is intended to give readers the information about each transportation model employed today and explain how these models complement each other. It will also let you get better understanding of the documentation as well as the applicable regulations covering the marine transportation of cargoes. This book is an perfect and professional study that will be appreciated by the people working in the marine transportation sector.

The author has covered all transportation modes in a very comprehensive manner. The target audience for this course would definitely include workers of the port agencies and maritime lawyers, freight forwarders and shipbrokers, customs brokers and ship managers, and many other professionals involves in the industry.

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Today, there are so many title available covering the shipping industry as a whole and port activities in particular, and containing tons of useful information and data on the important aspects of these industries. Taking into account that these two actually complement each other, the author decided to prepare a compact volume that would provide a valuable insight in each of them and provide readers with the essential understanding of how they contribute into the national economy.

However, the number of books devoted to the port industry is considerably less that those covering the shipping. That is why the author concentrated on the port activities in order to cover fill in the gap. The main objective of the present publication is therefore to give newcomers some general knowledge to these industries, providing him with the necessary background which will serve as a foundation to build the further studying.

The material is arranged in two big sections covering the port operations, including the types of ports and techniques involved, pilotage and cargo handling, port management structure, charging etc. and maritime transport, where such information as ship types, certification, terminology, economics and other critical aspects are covered.

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The content of this volume is providing readers with a good introduction to the shipping industry covering all important aspects. It shall be treated as a very valuable source of relevant information to be used by the students of maritime shipping law and by the people willing to get a proper understanding of maritime services.

The publication contains the information as well as the analytical content on both international and national shipping practices. This is a new edition of the volume; the previous book represented a general intro to the shipping explaining the maze of shipping regulations and analyzing the main relevant issues.

The present edition, apart from giving a first-rate introduction, is covering several additional aspects of the industry. It covers different sectors of the industry, co-operation issues in liner shipping, maritime governance matters, protectionism and liberalization, private shipping organizations, maritime security and applicable safety standards, limitation of liability and other topics. There are several data tables provided in the appendices to give some additional information on the cases and legislation as well as Conventions and other regulatory documents.

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This handbook is an excellent one-stop resource since it offers readers a truly comprehensive reference covering both theoretical and practical knowledge in shipping finance. It has been well met and appreciated in the industry as it offers all necessary information in a single volume. In the international maritime shipping industry of today it is critically important to have a good understanding of all issues related to the finance.

This would typically include identification and also evaluation of potential capital sources to finance the vessels, budgeting the investments, maritime insurance and important legal aspects, financial analysis and so many other matters. The content of the handbook has been prepared by two world recognized experts on the basis of the valuable contributions from twenty five professional shipping market practitioners.

The financing of the maritime shipping activities and financial management have both become particularly important after the 2008 financial collapse. The book will provide a perfectly balanced combination of the theory and practice giving great value and contributing to the education and training. That is why the volume shall be a must-read one for every single person of the shipping industry.



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