This is a heavy-weight single-volume encyclopedia of current maritime laws, thus a source of reference for ship masters, and equally for lawyers; the insights gained through this book are invaluable aids to decision making for ship managers and operators in a complex world.
This compendium offers:
• A history of international law affecting the shipmaster
• Comparison of regimes of law for shipmasters (and crews) across jurisdictions
• Examination of shipmaster duties and liabilities and penalties in all IMO member states
Table of contents:
1. Introduction to the Shipmaster
2. Overview of International Law Affecting the Shipmaster
3. Domestic Laws and the Shipmaster
4. International Organizations Affecting the Shipmaster
5. Conventions and Treaties Relevant to the Shipmaster
6. Jurisdiction and the Shipmaster
7. The Private and Statutory Authority of the Shipmaster.
8. The Master and the Shipowner
9. Limitations of Liability
10. The Flag State
11. The Vessel and Seaworthiness
13. Cargo and Charterers
14. Third Parties not Aboard
15. The Voyage
16. Innocent Passage
17. The Port State
18. The Environment
19. Piracy, Stowaways, Other Trespassers, Contraband
20. Security of the Vessel, Cargo and Those Aboard
21. Naval and Civil Authority
22. The Master and Criminal Laws
This volume gives an excellent understanding into the person and pivotal role of the shipmaster.
A captain holds responsibility for his ship and crew 24/7, but he must also mind the environment, and his cargo.
In the newly emerging world of global business the modern shipmaster must deal with, act upon and make judgments upon vast loads of information pertaining to commercial and maritime practices; cargo, engineering, salvage, medical and employment, as well as weather and issues in port.
This book will also assist the shipmaster to understand his place in law, generally, and specifically; on that "once-in-a-lifetime-event" that every captain may face, and for which he may be grossly unprepared by training or experience.
The book's publication date was September 2009. This kind of book tends to get outdated within a few years, therefore it must be kept updated one way or the other.
The promotional website with the book would be a good medium for that (... but is not used as such, up till now.).