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Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that…

by Rose George

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Revealing the workings and dangers of freight shipping, the author sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore to present an eye-opening glimpse into an overlooked world filled with suspect practices, dubious operators, and pirates.
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There is a high chance that you are reading this on some sort of screen that arrived in your country in a container, or box, having been shipped across the oceans of the world to the high street shop of your choice. The ship that brought it was one of 40,000 that ply the world’s oceans carrying 80% of everything you purchase and 90% of the energy that you consume.

This huge global business is safely out of sight and out of mind; you’ve probably never even thought about it.

To find out about this secret behemoth, George has travelled the across the seas on container ships and naval vessels, talking to officers, crew, engineers, chaplains and dockworkers to see if she can scratch the surface of it. It is an industry that deliberately chooses opaqueness; ship owners sail under flags of convenience, regulation is scant and rarely enforced and the law seems not to apply at sea. She speaks to those who track some of the 10,000 containers that fall overboard each year, environmentalists who are trying to tell us just how polluting the ships are and goes to Somalia to see the modern pirates being tried.

In this book George concentrates more on the effects of the shipping industry, both positive and negative, considers the challenges that it faces as costs are driven down and the implications of further changes to come. Rightly so, she gets angry about lots of things, pirates, the scant respect of the law and the conditions that some crews have to suffer. This is an industry that uses the flag of convenience to escape taxes, responsibility for environmental disasters and has no desire to change at the moment, but she does get drawn into the almost romantic notion of ploughing the oceans bringing goods from faraway places. It is a good companion book to Down To The Sea With Ships by Horatio Clare. 3.5 stars ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
This is a fascinating book. Difficult to categorise as it is so broad in scope, covering travel on a container ship from Felixstowe to Singapore, the life of the seafarer, piracy, law of the sea, ecology and everything in between. The writing is exceptionally good, always finding the right telling vignette. The quality of writing and the theme of the sea unify what could otherwise seem a mish-mash of subjects. Definitely a 100% recommendation. ( )
  Philogos | Mar 24, 2019 |
As the title implies, freight shipping is important, but overlooked. The author looks into the industry which appears to be impossible to regulate and awfully dreary at best for the sellers, yet surprisingly compelling. The heart of the book is George's journey on the giant container ship Maersk Kendal from Rotterdam to Singapore by way of Suez. Apart from her own journey, George explores the hardship of the sailor's life and those who depends on them, shipwrecks, the effect of shipping on whales, and Somali pirates. It's an interesting glimpse into a vital part of human life that can be beyond the brain's capability to comprehend. ( )
1 vote Othemts | Apr 7, 2015 |
Read chapter 10, "Rescue," on Ben's recommendation, as I'd just finished Erik Larson's Dead Wake when he finished reading this book. Merchant sailors, it turns out, were attacked and killed in huge proportions during World War II, but didn't receive the respect or the benefits that sailors in the navy did, despite their part in the war effort; they have only received recognition recently.
  JennyArch | Mar 9, 2015 |
I found myself completely absorbed by much of this book, which is a journalist's account of a trip on a Maersk container ship and her review of the workings of the shipping industry. Your mileage may vary, but I was fascinated (and at times disgusted) by the commercial realities and the human stories - from the impact of flagging out to the economics of piracy and the intimate loneliness of modern seafaring life.

I suspect I will reread this; I certainly found plenty of food for thought (not least in the closing chapters on environmental impact) and was touched by the chapter on the church's involvement to try and reassure seafarers that somebody out there cares in the face of elaborate corporate structures that remove any accountability for ship owners or flag states and leave the sailors literally at sea with little protection and less oversight.

Well written and unexpectedly engaging. ( )
  imyril | Nov 17, 2014 |
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