19 Austl. & N.Z. Mar. L.J. v (2005)

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This may, or may not, be the last issue of the MLAANZ Journal depending on the
decision of the Executive following a survey of the membership on whether to continue
to publish the journal in its present form or at all. I urge all members to participate in
the decision making process regardless of their position on this question.
I do not wish to write as though the decision is affait accompli, but this is an opportune
time to thank Michael White for all his efforts as General Editor. For those readers who
are unaware, Michael stepped down from this position a few months ago, and I assumed
the task of completing the editing of this volume, for which he had already begun to
commission articles. The content of this issue was therefore largely already determined.
Whatever the eventual decision, there will still be a need for the Executive to
communicate with the membership, and there will still be ongoing commitments with
respect to publication of the Frank Stuart Dethridge Memorial Address and the Morella
Calder Prizewinning Essay.
There have been a lot of developments in the maritime world since the last issue of the
journal was being prepared, amongst the most important of which has probably been the
requirement for ports and ships to comply with the International Ship and Port Security
Code. The shipping industry itself is undergoing changes, particularly in the world liner
and dry bulk markets and amongst the big players. Marine environmental issues have
come to the fore, and this is reflected in some of the articles in the current issue of the
journal.  There have been major changes in the regulatory environment. There is
renewed concern about substandard shipping.
These and other ongoing issues concern our wide-ranging membership, and I am
pleased that this issue of the journal continues to reflect our disparate interests. I hope
that readers will find something of interest to them and may even be stimulated to share
their own thoughts and ideas and professional experience with a wider audience.
Michael Underdown
General Editor

(2005) 19 MLAANZ Journal

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