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Edited by JANE DEGERLUND
Yet another massive tome comprising
vast amounts of detailed and very valuable
data. This fortieth edition is supplied
with a CD Rom of its content which proves that it is
Why, then, is the print version persisted with? It would be
much better presented on the web at lower cost in both trees and
treasure. It would also be updated daily. It is certain that a four
decade reputation would ensure ready buyers for an online
version. It is equally certain that it could be profitably offered at a
significantly lower price that way.
That major gripe aside, it is still a magnificent work of research
and checking, a very difficult job! All encompassing, accurate and
up-to-date, it has all the attributes of a fine directory.
Available from Containerisation International, London, UK.
How to create successful enterprise
By RICHARD JEFFREY MA MNI
Another unusual but important book from
The Nautical Institute. Its publishing
programme is showing impressive and very
This book is a gem. It was written by someone with the unusual
qualification of an MA in Leadership Studies together with a
master mariner's ticket and even an ocean yachtmaster's
certificate. The author is one of the few people on this planet to
have studied leadership in real depth.
The real value of this book lies in its very deep critical analysis
of the philosophy and practice of Leadership. Much of the content
is obvious, particularly in the "of course, why didn't I think of
that" sense of obvious.
Full of simple, practical and useful hints.
Available from The Nautical Institute, London, UK.
SAFETY MANAGEMENT AND
ITS MARITIME APPLICATION
By PROFESSOR CHENGI KUO
A professor at the University of Strathclyde in
Scotland, for 36 years, the author has for
much of that time focussed on safety aspects
of the offshore oil and gas industry.
Practising, analysing and studying the
processes of marine safety management, he has effected many
improvements during his career.
This book is a distillation of the enormous amount that Professor
Kuo has learnt in his long career focussing on the subject.
Looking very widely at almost every imaginable kind of
maritime activity from the operation of OSVs through fish farming
to passenger vessels including fast ferries, he highlights the
importance of the "human factor". To improve their safety, he
explains, humans must be managed and led rather than drilled
All good common sense stuff but simply and succinctly explained.
Available from The Nautical Institute, London, UK.
THE NAVAL ARISTOCRACY
The Golden Age of Annapolis and
the Emergence of Modern
By PETER KARSTEN
Navies are very traditional institutions and
none more so than that of the United States.
These traditions and the phenomenon of the "naval mind" form
the philosophical core and the continuity of such institutions.
This still very relevant book was first published in 1972 and the
Naval Institute Press has had the good sense to reprint it as a
Describing the haute bourgeois origins of the bulk of the US
Navy officer cohort from the Civil War until the Second World
War, the book explains the cohesion of the core of that Navy.
While officers have been sourced much more widely since the
1940s, the core has remained. Officer cadets from less privileged
backgrounds have adopted the mannerisms and philosophical
approaches of their predecessors.
The standards have been set and they continue to provide a
cohesive, substantive basis for the ongoing operation of this very
Available from Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA. Web: www.nip.org
Cruising Guide to Southeast Asia
Volume I -- South China
Sea, Philippines, Gulf of
Thailand to Singapore
By STEPHEN DAVIES & ELAINE MORGAN
Despite the highly over-wrought horror
stories of piracy, tsunamis, pollution and
corruption, cruising -- both private and commercial -- is
becoming increasingly popular in Southeast Asia.
This very useful and well presented cruising guide should help
make it even more so. Produced by a well known and experienced
pair of enthusiasts, it certainly whets the appetite.
Approximately a third of the book comprises a "Planning
Guide". This is general advice applicable to most of the region. It is
very useful and carefully explained. The remainder is more of a
traditional but very enticing pilot.
Anyone venturing into this exciting and increasingly accessible
region should purchase a copy of this valuable guide and study it
carefully well in advance.
Available from Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, Huntingdon, UK.
LLOYD'S LIST PORTS OF THE
Another brilliant work of research and
compilation from the Informa people, the
publishers of the world's oldest daily
newspaper, the venerable Lloyd's List.
It is also, unfortunately, another tragic waste
of trees and transport costs. This enormous two
volume production is supplied with a first rate CD Rom of its
content. This proves not only that the content is available
electronically but that it is even more useful that way.
Hopefully, therefore, the publishers will soon see a way to
depart from their, admittedly illustrious, print traditions and at
last embrace the present.
The kind of invaluable information contained in these two
thick volumes cries out for online publication. Apart from a saving
in trees and transport, the information, which changes frequently,
would be updated daily. It would be then even more valuable and
could be made available more economically.
An excellent and invaluable source of information handicapped
by its primitive presentation.
Available from Informa Maritime & Professional, London, UK.
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