Out of sight, out of mind. That's the general reaction to the crucial movement of oil around the world's oceans. Yet this vital supply chain that allows the world to function is constantly under enormous, largely unreported pressure. The uninterrupted flow of oil is essential to globalisation, and increasingly so as manufacturing and markets move Eastwards to Asia. However, it is threatened by conflicts between nation states, pirates and global warming.
All too often the movement of oil by ocean is something taken for granted by the majority of the world yet it is fraught with difficulty, and could haemorrhage global growth if issues covered in this book are not resolved or allowed to escalate.
From reporting onboard giant tankers to looking at the geopolitical shift in oil consumption, Oil on Water is holistic, all encompassing and engrossing look at the way oil is moved and consumed; mixing reportage, examples and hard-hitting facts.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm
'East Asia's growing share of the 2 trillion tons of oil shipped each year across the world's oceans is one of the great, but little-told, stories of our age. By tracking this very literal shift of power from West to East, the authors provide invaluable insights into energy security, environmental pressure and areas of potential conflict and cooperation.'
Jonathan Watts, author of When a Billion Chinese Jump
'An engaging and informed book about vitally important, yet little-discussed areas in business and geopolitics.'
Toby Webb, Ethical Corporation
'An insightful study of a subject vital to world shipping and trade.'
Bob Jaques, Seatrade