Shipping Law


The earliest maritime regulations in the Mediterranean world are thought to date back to 3000 B.C., that was the historical period when the Old Kingdom of Egypt was established. Expanded commerce during the Early Bronze Age prompted the Pharaohs, whose authority extended beyond the coastal territories, to construct ports and ship construction yards to meet the current demands of the overseas trade.

By the end of the first half of the third millennium, Egyptian ships frequented Levantine ports in the Mediterranean and the Aegean islands. Cedar and artifacts were shipped from Phoenicia and Syria, while Crete and Cyprus exported minerals. A few centuries later, merchants were transporting raw materials and finished objects such as precious stones, ivory, and rare woods from the Far and Near East to the Mediterranean area.

In response to this burgeoning trade, shipwrights began building more sophisticated vessels that enabled seamen to expand their range and sail longer distances to more remote locations.' Although documented evidence of early Egyptian maritime codes has not been discovered, it is reasonable to postulate that overseas trade could not have had developed without regulations governing river and sea navigation...

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The very latest tenth edition of the publication issued this year and incorporating eighty-six jurisdictions. This document was intended to provide all interested parties with the guidance through the commonly known issues that usually arise from the arrest of the marine vessel and to offer them all information required to unravel the procedures in eighty-six countries of the world.

This paper has become a must-have one for the maritime industry of today. It is annually updated and revised in order to continue serving as a very handy reference tool to assist the shipping community in proper understanding of the applicable procedures as well as the associated practical matters arising from the arrest/release of a vessel all around the world. The ultimate aim of the network is to defend the interest of the ship owners and crew members in any procedures relating to the ship arrest. The book contains a very practical ship arrest questionnaire providing immediate answers to the most common questions related to the arrest and release procedures, claims, applicable laws etc.

Then, the procedures in each of the eighty-six countries are described - from Algeria to Vietnam. The appendices contain the articles of the 1952, convention on the arrest of sea-going ships, 1999 convention on arrest of ships, unification of certain rules of law related to liens and mortgages 1926, and 1993 convention on maritime liens and mortgages...

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The present title was prepared by a seafarer specifically for seafarers, in order to assist in their studies of the various types of maritime law. It has been designed to provide all students with some kind of awareness of the maritime law in general; in addition to that, the author tried to give deeper knowledge in various specific areas in which ship Master's knowledge is expected. It took several years to write this book because the legislation keeps changing all the time.

It shall be noted that the book is primarily intended not to the students of law but to the mariners. Nowadays, the importance for the mariners to have a good understanding of the maritime law is obvious. The publication is divided by the author into twelve major sections. The opening section provides some introductory info on the maritime law; the second section mainly addresses international marine conventions, classification rules and other related items. This section is followed by the one covering port activities.

The other sections deal with the commerce, matters related to the salvage and towage, marine insurance, further legislation including ISM, ISPS, risk assessment, employment at sea and associated employment law, engaging seamen, repatriation-related issues, and safe manning of the vessels.

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