Coastal, inland and short sea shipping, more generally, tends to be the “Cinderella sector” of the cargo shipping industry. Despite its industriousness and ubiquity, it receives very little coverage in the maritime media and practically none in the general media.
Probably because it involves small ships, small ports and mostly private family companies and it rarely involves any spectacular incidents or accidents, very little is heard of the sector.
Taken together, however, it is an enormous business that works the coasts of every ocean and sea as well as innumerable rivers and canals. It is far more important to the global economy than most people, even in the industry, give it credit for.
This well illustrated book, which is published annually, very effectively corrects that false impression.
Editor: Bernard McCall
Published by Bernard McCall, Bristol, UK.