In 1998 the Review of Maritime Transport, an annual publication prepared by the UNCTAD secretariat, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. This guide to the maritime and related industries identifies major developments in world maritime transport and provides comprehensive statistical data on all aspects of supply and demand for shipping services.
The 1998 edition offers up-to-date information on trends in seaborne trade as well as on fleet development, including such features as beneficial ownership, fleet productivity, freight market analysis, port development and multimodal transport. It focuses in particular on the trade and transport of East and South-East Asia, which are suffering from the effects of the 1997/1998 economic slowdown and financial crisis. The publication examines overall trends in seaborne trade and transport, analysing the comparative performance of different regions from a developmental perspective.