Shipping makes international trade possible, while sustaining the world economy. A huge diversity of cargoes, such as liquids, bulk commodities, frozen and chilled food, finished products and vehicles, all need to be delivered in a safe and timely manner. Similarly, passengers who are increasing in numbers on ferries and cruise vessels expect their ships to operated safely and efficiently.
It is the primary task of the IMO to lay down global standard and the means of achieving them. so that personal injury, loss and damage are prevented, and minimized and effective measures are taken to protect the marine environment.
As the Author points out in the book, safety is not an absolute concept and the levels chosen are based on shared values. It is for this reason that this book on maritime safety is so useful because it introduces concepts, explains safety terms and demonstrates how different techniques can be applied to various situations.