Since it was first published in 1964, Elements of Shipping has become established as a market leader. Now in its ninth edition, Branch’s Elements of Shipping, renamed in memory of Alan Branch, has been updated throughout and revised to take in the many changes that have occurred in the shipping industry in recent years, including the impact of the economic crisis, the Panama Canal expansion and new legislation. All tables and data have been brought up-to-date and many new illustrations have been added.
The book explains in a lucid, professional manner the basic elements of shipping, including operational, commercial, legal, economic, technical, managerial, logistical and financial considerations. It also explores how shipping markets behave and provides an overview of the international shipping industry and seaports. Filling a gap for the discerning reader who wishes to have a complete understanding of all the elements of the global shipping scene together with the interface with seaports, international trade and logistics, it remains essential reading for shipping executives along with students and academics with an interest in the shipping industry.
1 Introduction 2 The ship 3 Ship design and construction 4 Ships, their cargoes, trades and 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