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Survey Vessels of the World: 7th Edition 2008/2009
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:52

Publisher: Clarkson Research Services

From Baird Maritime:

Another detailed, accurate and up-to-date global directory of an entire class of vessels from the hyper active research department of Clarksons, the world’s largest ship broker.

It lists, effectively, every significant survey or research vessel of the world along with every owner of such vessels and their complete fleets.

Many of the vessels are pictured and some benefit from an accompanying general arrangement drawing. All have a useful and reasonably detailed specification listing. They range from quite small (around 20 metres LOA) to very large (100 metres or more). It is interesting that the average age of vessels listed is 24 years.

Divided into: Seismic/Geophysical Survey; Hydrographic/Multi-Role Survey; and, Research/Oceanographic Survey, the directory provides potential charterers with the best possible guide to what is available.

A particularly useful and well-presented reference.

Ordering Information:

Clarkson Research Services
Ledbury, UK
Web: www.crsl.com

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Marine Equipment Buyers Guide 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Editor: John Fossey
Publisher: Lloyd's MIU

From Baird Maritime:

A useful, up-to-date and comprehensive directory, of more than 1,000 marine products and over 2,500 suppliers or stockists of those products.

Highly detailed indexes of both products and supplier companies make information access easy and convenient.

All the companies are listed again under each item of equipment. Those listings provide full contact details as well as the names of key personal concerned.

As this edition contains at least 50 percent more information than its immediate predecessor it is probably high time it was made available on a tree-saving CD Rom. Better still, it could easily be made available on the “web” and simply up-dated daily.

Comprehensive and useful, all the same.

Ordering Information:

Lloyd's MIU
London, UK
Web: www.lloydsmiu.com


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Slaughter at Sea: The Story of Japan's Naval War Crimes
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Mark Felton
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

The war crimes of the Japanese Army and particularly of organisations such as the Kempetei are well known. The Rape of Nanking and the Sandakan Death March, among others, will never be forgotten.

Until this book appeared, however, the Japanese Navy had largely escaped criticism for its atrocities. This important and very extensively researched history brings the equal guilt of the Navy vividly to life and mind.

The continuing apprehension of so many of Japan’s Asian neighbours when confronted with that country’s extensive recent re-arming is understandable given Japan’s history.

Given the recent behaviour of numerous Japanese leaders, the Chinese, Koreans and South east Asian people generally have every reason to be cautious. Leopards rarely change their spots. Indeed, many present day Japanese, including recent Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori believe Japan to be “…a divine nation, centred on the Emperor”.

Doctor Felton has done the world a great service by reminding it of the long hidden atrocities committed by what was once regarded as the more “decent” arm of the Japanese military.

Ordering Information:

Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.nip.org


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Red Sea Pilot
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Elaine Morgan and Stephen Davies
Publisher: Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

First published in 1995 this is a revised and updated second edition published in 2002.

Given the recent history of the world and more specifically the 9/11 attack and the Iraq War, the reader could perhaps assume that much has changed in the Red Sea.

In reality, though, apart from some more enthusiastic piratical activity at the southern end, the region continues on much as before. It certainly has not altered the bulk of the content of this very useful book.

The first quarter of the book contains a mine of practical information relevant to most of the region. The remainder comprises a very detailed pilot that is full of good, common sense advice.

While, as with the Imray Laurie pilots, the Red Sea Pilot is primarily aimed at yachtsmen, it is of equal value to those navigating other vessels of practically any size or type through the Red Sea.

Ordering Information:

Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson
St Ives, UK
Web: www.imray.com


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South Biscay: La Gironde to La Coruna
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: John Lawson
Publisher: Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

La Gironde is the estuary on which the world’s most famous wine city, Bordeaux, stands. La Coruña is an historic and important town in the heart of Spain’s most important fishing region. What a combination for gourmets and bon vivants?

The area has many other attractions than just food and wine, of course. While many of its ports and harbours are shallow and difficult, there are plenty of them. They, along with the coast in general, have many scenic and other attractions.

Subject to significant tidal flows and rapidly changing weather, voyages through the area require careful planning. While modern charts are both clear and accurate, a high quality, well revised and practical pilot such as this will be invaluable.

Whether you are in the Bay of Biscay for reasons of leisure or commerce, you should not be without this brilliant aid to navigation.

Ordering Information:

Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson
St Ives, UK
Web: www.imray.com


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