BOOK REVIEW: The Sea in History – The Medieval World

Edited by Michel Balard

This is the second of four volumes in this brilliant series conceived, promoted and jointly published by the French maritime cultural organisation Association Oceanides. It is equally as good as the first, which was reviewed here last month.

BOOK REVIEW: The U.S. Naval Institute on Mentorship

Editor: P. J. Neal

Your reviewer has been very fortunate in being the recipient of some excellent mentorship so he is, perhaps, poorly equipped to comment on the effect of a lack of mentorship on those not so blessed.

  • Published in Naval

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Port of Hamburg accepts largest ever boxship call

MOL Triumph, the new flagship of Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), is the first vessel with a loading capacity of over 20,000TEU to offload in the Port of Hamburg. Some 10,000TEU will be loaded or discharged at CTB for the MOL Triumph that is provisionally scheduled to leave the Elbe conurbation again at four in the morning on May 18.

FEATURE: NGO rescue flotilla operating in the Mediterranean

Irregular migrants (IM) have been crossing the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe in significant numbers since 2011. By the end of 2016 some 630,000 IMs had made the journey, with an estimated 13,000 dying in the attempt.

The Italian Coast Guard initially took most of the strain of dealing with the efflux, but the escalation of numbers attempting the crossing, and financial concerns, led, from 2014, to the direct involvement of maritime forces of other European nations.

BOOK REVIEW: Marine Surveying and Consultancy – An Introduction

Author: Mike Wall

Without doubt, the author is the world’s best known marine surveyor. Apart from having worked all over the world, he has written and spoken extensively about his favourite subject. He has written five previous books on marine surveying. This is the first of a planned series of three books that he is self-publishing from his “lair” near Bangkok.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Crowley launches LNG-powered Con-Ro at VT Halter Marine

Crowley and VT Halter Marine launched Crowley’s new Commitment-class ship El Coquí, one of the world’s first combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas in Pascagoula. El Coquí, named after a "beloved" frog native to the island, will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the US Jones Act trade during the second half of 2017.

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