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Shipping and Ports in the Twenty-first Century [Hardcover]

David Pinder , Brian Slack

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July 6 2004 0415283442 978-0415283441 1
Shipping and port systems are vital to societies and lifestyles around the world. In the late twentieth century, however, assumptions concerning the robustness of these systems were severely shaken by economic shocks triggered by oil crises.
This volume explores how many of the consequent uncertainties have been resolved, and how adapted systems have been shaped to meet the challenges of the new millennium. To explore these issues, contributors focus on issues such as:
· economic integration of emerging economies - in particular China
· sectors as diverse as the high-speed ferry and offshore oil industries
· pollution problems generated by shipping
Contributors' investigations, such as those into the homogenisation of the container industry and the port cluster concept and 'model' vessels for the offshore oil industry, make for a rewarding book that will be of interest to academics working in many fields including transport studies, marine and coastal studies and economic geography. Professional organizations and policy-makers will also appreciate the book.

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David Pinder is Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Plymouth, UK. He is also Foreign Member, Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Brian Slack is Professor of Geography, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but very good May 5 2013
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As someone who is concerned by sub-standard ships and poor shipping practices, I applaud any work that addresses the critical issues of marine pollution and damage. Accidental oil and chemical spills and operational discharge, the transfer of invasive alien species (ballast water and on ship hulls),the release of biocides (toxic chemicals used in antifouling paints), the dumping of garbage and sewage, air pollution (sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and carbon dioxide emissions), and so on are very real problems in our world. This book is an excellent - and thorough - introduction to the topic, and I recommend it.

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