Guide to the Shipping Industry -- Table of Contents

HOME | Project Management

Data Warehousing / Mining

Software Testing | Technical Writing


0 Table of Contents (this page)

1. Introduction

2. The ship

3. Ship design and construction

4. Ships, cargos, trades & future trends

5. Manning of vessels

6. Customs house and ship’s papers

7. Maritime canals and inland waterways

8. Services performed by principal shipping organizations

9. Passenger fares and freight rates

10. Liner conferences

11. Ship operation

12. Bills of lading

13. Cargoes

14. The shipping company

15. Charter parties

16. Containerization

17. Seaports

18. Multi-modalism: global supply chain management and international logistics

19. The international consignment

20. Information technology and electronic data interchange

21. Ship management

22. Political aspects

OTHER: Shipping terms and abbreviations

Much has changed in the shipping industry. Throughout the period 1995-2007, for example, there have been more changes in this complex maritime industry than the previous 25 years. This guide reflects such changes, the factors driving change, and future trends all on an analytical strategic basis in a very competitive market.

Our presented information has been completely updated, including 70% new material, and reflects the many changes which have emerged in the past ten years in a fast-changing, complex global maritime environment. Accordingly, it focuses attention on new tonnage developments, IMO conventions, ship productivity, (third-party) ship management, seaport privatization, documentation, customs, logistics, e-commerce, changing pattern of world trade/ship ownership, containerization, multi-modalism, INCO terms 2000, chartering, dangerous cargo, ships agents, international agencies, freight rates, cruises and ship operation. Many of the sections have been enlarged, and the guide is written in a simple but lucid style with analysis, pragmatism and professionalism. Moreover, it takes full account of future trends and contains numerous tables, diagrams and case studies to supplement the narrative.

The guide reflects the our shipping experience, spanning 60 years in terms of working in the industry, consultancy, lecturing and formulating courses in over 40 countries, reflecting different cultures, embracing governments, shipping companies, port authorities, shipper councils, universities/colleges, chambers of commerce and trade associations. It’s meant for an international crowd, including in over 250 countries by students/undergraduates and by shipping executives globally studying the subject and by international entrepreneurs who use it as an aide-memoir.

Guide to the Shipping Industry treats the subject in a practical, professional manner and it’s an ideal aide-memoir to the shipping/export/seaport/logistics executive. It provides the learner with a basic understanding and knowledge of the international shipping industry, with emphasis on the salient economic, political, commercial, operating, management, logistic and e-commerce/computerized application of the subject. Full cognizance has been taken of the e-commerce and logistic environment throughout. Emphasis has been given to adopting strategies which respond to situations and are capable of being executed and finally 'add value' at all times.

Such enrichment will further its popularity in shipping/port/agents'/shipbrokers'/shippers' offices, together with colleges of higher education and universities throughout the world. This guide is ideal for students taking shipping, international trade, ship broking, maritime transport, international distribution, export, import, chartering, ship management, transport, seaports, logistics, containerization and international management examinations/research or training courses/seminars at degree/diploma level at universities and colleges. Such colleges/universities are situated not only in the U.S. and UK but also in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Scandinavia, China, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, Jamaica, Jordan, Malta, Cyprus, Dubai, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Middle East, Europe, the Pacific Rim nations and many less developed countries.

The guide is also popular with degree level undergraduates taking Maritime Transport, International Logistics, International Physical Distribution, International Marketing and International Business.

The guide is popular with a wide range of professional institutes, embracing the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Institute of Commercial Management, International Freight Association, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Institute of Export, Institute of Marine Engineers, Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Institute of Marine Engineers.

This guide contains massive input from international agencies and shipping/port authorities/companies around the world, reflecting good practice, new strategies and current and future developments. This not only enriches the guide but also enables the learner to have a better under standing of world cultures and strategies. The extent and breadth of such input is exemplified in the increasing number of organizations which have helped me so enthusiastically with each new edition over 40 years, as recorded in the acknowledgements, and for whose assistance I am most grateful. Also, I very much appreciate the interest shown by many colleges and universities.

The learner who wishes to know more about export or import practice may wish to study Export Practice and Management and International Purchasing and Management.

Similarly the learner who wishes to know more about ship management/ marketing/logistics should study Maritime Economics: Management and Marketing; for logistics Global Supply Chain Management and International Logistics and for documentation Shipping and Air Freight Documentation for Importers and Exporters. Additionally, the popular dictionary of 18,000 terms published in 2005 entitled Dictionary of Shipping International Business Trade Terms and Abbreviations could further enrich the learner's knowledge.


top of page   Home   Similar Articles