THE SHIPPING REVOLUTION: THE MODERN MERCHANT SHIP
Since the end of the Second World War the pattern of international trade - and the ships in which it is carried-
has changed dramatically. Competition from air travel gradually displaced the liner, but with increased leisure passenger ships staged a comeback in the form of cruise ships. The burgeoning demand for oil fuel produced the supertanker, while moves to streamline cargo handling led to containerization and other forms of unitized shipment for many general trades. However, entirely new ship types were also developed to carry cargoes as diverse as cars and chemicals, livestock and nuclear waste.
The postwar rehabilitation of the world's merchant fleets initially involved traditional ship types, but this volume charts the accelerating pace of change from about 1960 onwards. While primarily describing the rapid advances in maritime technology, it also points to the political, economic and social reasons for these, and looks at likely developments in the future.
Lavishly illustrated, this complete and informative volume includes over 175 black-and-white photos, over 30 illustrations, and over 40 tables.
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CONWAY'S HISTORY OF THE SHIP
The ship is probably the most influential tool in human history and it continues to exert a widespread and persistent fascination. CONWAY'S HISTORY OF THE SHIP is the first comprehensive and authoritive account of this technological and cultural phenomenon.
An unprecedented line-up of over one hundred leading maritime historians and specialists from around the world has been assembled to ensure that the work is informative, authoritative and fully international in outlook.
Every significant ship type from the dawn of seafaring to the present day is analyzed in detailed and coherent essays. Though each volume adopts a strong theme which allows it to stand alone, a strict chronological sequence has been maintained throughout the series.
Alastair Couper, Ph.D
A former Merchant Navy officer, Alistair Couper is Professor of Maritime Studies At the University of Wales College in Cardiff, England, one of the leading departments of its kind in the world. Its international reputation is enhanced by Professor Couper's advisory work for United Nations agencies on many aspects of shipping. He is the author of numerous academic papers and the editor of THE TIMES ATLAS OF THE OCEANS.
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