Maritime matters

Author: Mr. Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ENESEL PTE.LTD

As a sequel to Esben Poulsson’s A life in shipping, Maritime matters covers the period from September 2018 to the present day.

It has been an eventful four years that have included the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Both have had a highly disruptive effect on shipping : the former on the ability of seafarers to enter ports, let alone effect crew change, which inevitably contributed to to an interruption of supply chains; and the latter on the movement of goods around the Black Sea, badly affecting the transportation and price of grain, sunflower oil and other goods that Ukraine supplies so much of to the rest of the world.

There are other ongoing matters addressed by Poulsson, ranging from ship emissions to the profile of the shipping industry. With his experience working in both private companies and major international associations – such as the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – Poulsson is well-placed to make pertinent observations on the state of the maritime industry and its future priorities. The maritime industry does, indeed, matter a great deal and the world needs to recognise it.

The Mission to Seafarers

Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face. Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

The Mission to Seafarers works in over 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through their global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers they offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers’ centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will help support the work of The Mission to Seafarers.

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A Life in Shipping

Author: Mr. Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ENESEL PTE.LTD

The book ‘A Life In Shipping’ is an Autobiography describing his forty-five year long journey in the maritime industry. He says that the shipping industry can be varied, exciting and full of challenges.

All the proceeds from this book will go to help support The Mission To Seafarers, a charity that support men and women who work at sea. Helping them with problems such as, money worries, mental health issues and loneliness, as well as piracy, shipwreck and abandonment.

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Giants of The Sea: Ships & Men Who Changed The World

Author: John D. McCown

“Giants Of The Sea: Ships & Men Who Changed The World” covers the history and development of the modern cargo shipping industry in 330 pages spread across 30 discrete chapters.

The history of cargo shipping going back to the Egyptians moving obelisks by barge on the Nile is covered, but the focus is on the post-war revolution in shipping cost efficiency through specialization and geometric increases in vessel size. With detailed information on what comprises each major shipping segment today, it also includes chapters on the nine men whose fingerprints are still all over the industry. Three Americans, two Danes, two Greeks and two Chinese.

The modern worldwide cargo shipping industry stands on the shoulders of these giants. The author, who worked on a daily basis for twenty years with Malcom McLean, the inventor of container shipping, demonstrates the direct link between the efficiency of the shipping industry and the explosion in world trade it has enabled.

The book outlines how today’s shipping industry touches almost everyone on the planet in ways that they may not even be aware.

In addition to highlighting the industry’s contribution to the global economy, the book makes the case that it has been a prime catalyst in reducing poverty and even increasing peace around the world.

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Authors: Paul Emmanuelides and George Tsavliris


This book develops a comprehensive framework of winning shipping strategies through the application of established Strategic Management theory to the analysis of the shipping industry, while taking into consideration the many specificities of this hypercompetitive, cyclical, global sector. Empirical evidence is drawn from case studies of leading firms from the thriving Greek shipping community. The synergistic juxtaposition of theory and empirical evidence sheds light in this under-researched vital area of economic activity and leads to useful conclusions about workable strategic typologies and key success factors.