BOOK REVIEW | Shipping – An Introduction to the Technical, Operational and Commercial Aspects

By Nigel Draffin

This excellent little book should be purchased in its thousands by maritime companies and organisations to be issued to all their new recruits at whatever level. It is the most comprehensive and useful introduction to the shipping and wider maritime industries that this reviewer has come across in sixty years.

The author is a widely experienced marine engineer with fifty years service in many parts of the world and on many kinds and sizes of vessels. He knows what he is talking about. He also knows what is important and has made certain that has been included here. He has been involved at senior levels in several maritime industry associations.

This book, then, is the distillation of a half-century of acquired maritime wisdom that has been very cleverly and succinctly presented so as to hold the reader’s interest. It will be of enormous value to any newcomers to our vitally important industry.

Available from Petrospot, Adderbury, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.