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Salvage: A Personal Odyssey
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:48

Author: Captain Iain Tew
Publisher: Seafarer Books

From Baird Maritime:

Describing the decade the author spent working as a salvage master for the once great Selco Salvage from 1974, the book initially focuses on Asia. It expands to describe his adventures as a global roaming salvage master/consultant.

Fortunately, and somewhat unusually, Captain Tew took or obtained a large number of very good photographs. They and a first rate painting really enhance this book.

Salvage has become a rather romantic topic over the years, perhaps because of its rescue connotations. It is a risky business that can, sometimes, be very rewarding in both experience and treasure.

From a very lengthy seafaring background, the author took to a maritime career naturally. He naturally gravitated toward smaller vessels especially tugs. His sense of adventure obviously drew him to the fascinating world of salvage.

He has done a great job describing his salvage odyssey. A very personal approach but one that brilliantly describes a great life well lived.

Ordering Information:

Seafarer Books
Rendlesham, UK
Web: www.seafarerbooks.com

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Ship's Manual: Voluntary Guidelines for the Safe Management of Vessels and the Prevention of Marine Pollution
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:48

Publisher: HELMEPA and Germanischer Lloyd

From Baird Maritime:

The tie-up between HELMEPA and GL has been a fruitful one. HELMEPA is a very well connected environmental NGO with lots of ideas. GL is a practical, thorough, careful organisation which is extremely good at high quality promotion. In a way they use each other but it is a perfect fit.

This Ship’s Manual is an excellent example of the fruits of their comparatively recent marriage. It is a practical, high quality publication that compiles a massive amount of fundamental advice. Originally developed by HELMEPA in 1992, it has been considerably refined and enhanced since.

The GL touch has refined it considerably. It seems certain to assist both organisations in the pursuit of their very worthy common objectives.

A must on every ship and in every ship owner’s office library.

Ordering Information:

HELMEPA,
Athens, Greece
Web: www.helmepa.gr

Germanischer Lloyd
Hamburg, Greece
WebL www.gl-group.com


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The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:48

Author: Alice Schroeder
Publisher: Bloomsbury

From Baird Maritime:

We do not normally review non-marine business biographies or self-help books here. However, this very large and heavy gem crossed your reviewer's desk at a particularly opportune time.

In fact it landed during the thick of America’s 700 billion dollar bail out of Wall Street and that grand gesture’s largely impotent response. A fascinating time indeed.

That made the content of the book all the more timely, appropriate and valuable. For all its 950 close typed pages, the book delivers a handful of simple almost homespun messages.

Its advice is simple, practical and very easy to follow. It is just a pity that the titans of Wall Street failed to observe it.

Essentially, it says to keep your investments simple. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you don’t understand it, don’t touch it.

A valuable book, whether you are interested in investing or not because, in the end, you are on your own. This is a classic.

Ordering Information:

Bloomsbury
London, UK
Web: www.bloomsbury.com
 
Allen & Unwin
Sydney, Australia
Web: www.allenandunwin.com

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Moving Business Forward: Australian Expertise in Transport and Logistics
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:48

Publisher: Focus Publishing Interactive

From Baird Maritime:

A large, glossy promotional book that has been supported by Australia’s transport and logistics industry. Most of the major players have contributed.

Thus it is a widely encompassing capability statement of what Australian companies and governments can do in these fields. A secondary function is to highlight the desperate need for major new transport and logistics infrastructure in Australia.

So, it is a kind of balance sheet or snapshot of the current situation combined with a wish list of what is needed to ensure an appropriate advance from that situation.

Very well illustrated and concisely explained, it offers an excellent overview. In addition, each of the contributing organisations is briefly profiled. This provides a capability catalogue of the wider Australian industry.

A very classy and useful promotional publication. Other industry sectors could learn a lot from it.

Ordering Information:

Focus Publishing Interactive
Sydney, Australia
Web: www.focus.com.au

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Voyages of Discovery: A Visual Celebration of the Greatest Natural History Expeditions
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:48

 

Author: Tony Rice
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

From Baird Maritime:

A beautiful book based on illustrations and paintings contained in the Natural History Museum, London. It celebrates, highlighting original material, the vital voyages of Sir Hans Sloan, Paul Hermann, Maria Merian, William Bartram, James Cook, Matthew Flinders, Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace, and the Challenger Expedition.

Famous and important voyages of discovery all, indeed. The works of art they inspired are magnificent and, thanks to the British penchant for building and filling great museums, they are largely intact.

The Natural History Museum in South Kensington is a work of art in itself. The world is fortunate that it exists.

The ten expeditions and their leading personalities are brilliantly described here, enhanced immeasurably by the illustrations that have been well chosen from the Museum’s vast store.

Ordering Information:

Allen & Unwin
London, UK and Sydney, Australia
Web: www.allenandunwin.com

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