The Business of Shipping
By Ira Breskin
9th Edition


The Business of Shipping (9th edition)
has been substantially revised and updated to make timely and relevant this classic volume. New chapters analyze enhanced shipping operations, increasingly stringent environmental rules and regulations and supply chain software that monitors and controls cargo routing.

The net result is that this invaluable volume provides a comprehensive and contemporary view of the dynamic and essential shipping industry.

Enhancements mean this book remains North America’s most comprehensive industry-focused volume that explains and analyzes (in an historical context) marine transportation and related sectors, both domestic and international. Two dozen new photographs illustrate important trends.

This authoritative text is required reading for a newcomer looking to understand basic shipping operations, regulations, and international cargo movement, or a specialized professional seeking insight into disparate industry segments.

Given the substantial upgrade, the ninth edition reaffirms its claim as the cornerstone marine transportation text. Students at the six state maritime academies in the US, as well as at the US Merchant Marine Academy, use this book.

In addition, the book is included in the library collection of the International Maritime Organization at its headquarters in London, and is available for reference at prominent maritime museums in Hamburg and Rotterdam.

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 72 b/w images | 448 pp
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5472-4 | Hard cover, online/e-edition

“It is the place to go to start shipping industry research.”

Rear Admiral Richard Larrabee, USCG (Ret)
-Former Port Director, Port Commerce Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

“Ira Breskin’s book delves into what goes on behind the scenes to make container shipping and the web of supply chains interact as smoothly and seamlessly as possible – notwithstanding ongoing challenges.”

Janet Porter, Chair of Lloyd’s List Editorial Board
-Former Editor-in-Chief Containers, Lloyd’s List

The Business of Shipping is packed with information and written in a clean, lively style. Ira Breskin has a particular talent for explaining complex ideas in plain English. I think this book would be a valuable resource for anyone with a serious interest in the shipping industry.​”

Wiliam Geroux
-Author, The Ghost Ships of Archangel and The Mathews Men

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