Home' Ships and Shipping : July 2009 Contents FATHOMING THE OCEAN
The Discovery and Exploration
of the Deep Sea
By HELEN M. ROZWADOWSKI
WARNING: Do not be put off this book by
the fact that the Foreword is by enviro
extremist Sylvia Earle. The remainder of the book is sound,
useful and informative.
A history of oceanography, it has, nevertheless, considerable
contemporary relevance. The author has done a brilliant job of
bringing what can be a dull subject to life.
A rare combination of historian and scientist, the author
manages to bring together the best and most important of both
worlds in this very valuable work. She captures very well the hard
slog of science which is so often ignored.
Available from the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
Cambridge, USA. Web: www.hup.harvard.edu and Inbooks, Frenchs
Forest, Australia. Web: www.inbooks.com .au
INLAND WATERWAYS OF GERMANY
By BARRY SHEFFIELD
An inspiration to anyone interested in ways
to save our planet. The Germans, while
blessed with a mighty river system, have
fully utilised it and enhanced it with canals.
This enables them to very effectively get
cargoes off the roads. Marine transport is infinitely more cost effective
and environmentally sound than its land confined competitor.
As a delightful by-product of this wonderful national asset, the
Germans can enjoy very extensive cruising of their inland waters.
This activity can, remarkably, be conducted in quite large vessels.
This well presented book gives a very clear description of
Germany’s extensive inland waterway network. It also gives good
sound advice on how to transit that system safely and enjoyably.
Available from Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, Huntingdon, UK.
CHINA’S ENERGY STRATEGY
The Impact on Beijing’s
EDITED BY GABRIEL B. COLLINS,
ANDREW S ERICKSON, LYLE J GOLDSTEIN,
and WILLIAM S. MURRAY
Given the self-destructive belligerence of too
many of America’s politicians it is a relief to read a mass of
carefully considered common sense such as is contained in this
It is refreshing to be reminded that so many of America’s
military, especially naval, intellectuals can be so clear headed
Much conventional American wisdom on China seems to be
founded on the country’s unfortunate experience with Japan
nearly seven decades ago. The fact, as this book explores, is that
China is not Japan. It certainly suffers from similar resources
shortages as inspired The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
but its situation and approach to solutions is completely different.
Defence planners and warriors who are currently or likely to be
involved with the Indo-Pacific regions should study this book
Available from Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA. Web: www.nip.or
THE UNITED STATES NAVY IN
THE PACIFIC 1897-1909
By WILLIAM R. BRAISTED
Another timely re-release by Naval Institute
Press of a very important classic of naval
history. This is one of a pair by the same
author covering the period 1897-1922
very eventful quarter of a century.
This volume was first published in 1958 and, among other
things, was intended to show the contemporary US Navy’s
influence on America’s foreign policy. What it also shows, very
importantly and clearly, was the US Navy’s patient preparation for
what many of its senior (and junior) people saw as an inevitable
war with Japan.
Another side current that becomes obvious is the perfidy of the
British and the Atlantic centric views of much of the Royal Navy
and that country’s politicians.
The NIP is to be praised for re-releasing this and its companion
volume describing 1909-1922 at this point. It will repay careful
study against the current strategic realities.
Available from Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA. Web: www.nip.org
By IAN COLLARD
Almost everyone will have heard of
Liverpool, the mighty port on the mid-west
coast of England.
Not so many, probably, will know of its near
neighbour and competitor Birkenhead.
Located across the Mersey River from Liverpool, Birkenhead is
effectively part of the same large and historic port complex. This is
its fascinating story.
Like most traditional British ports, the Birkenhead/Liverpool
complex is well past its hey day. The advent of containerisation
has turned many British ports into near ghost towns over the past
forty years or so. Birkenhead and Liverpool are just two of them.
Birkenhead, nevertheless, has remained alive through the
containerisation “carnage”. Some berths have remained active and
there are serious plans afoot for the regeneration of some of the
port’s still magnificent facilities.
This extensively and well-illustrated book brings this
important and historic port back to life. It seems likely to herald
the port’s re-birth.
Available from Tempus Publishing, Stroud, UK.
LEGAL ISSUES RELATING TO TIME
Edited By PROF. D . RHIDIAN THOMAS
This most informative book arose from the
Third International Colloquium of the
Institute of International Shipping and Trade
Law held in Swansea, Wales, in July 2007.
It comprises contributions from 16 leading experts in the field.
That means it ranges over practically all legal aspects of
time-charters. It is a broad and very complex subject. It is also a
particularly vital one for ship owners, brokers, charterers, shippers
and, of course, maritime law practitioners.
Based on so much history as it is, it is a subject that is actually
much more interesting and readable than you might imagine with
so many lawyers involved.
Another top quality and important contribution from Informa
Law (formerly LLP and, before that, Lloyd’s of London Press).
Available from Informa Law, London, UK. Web: www.informa.com
July 2009 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
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