Changes in international trade have had significant effects on the economics of marine transportation, and will continue to do so into the 21st century. This is compounded by the role of technological change and these consequent uncertainties have necessitated a review of advances in marine transportation. Marine technology, particularly the area of ship design, building and operation, is experiencing rapid changes in a more competitive world market. For any industry to remain competitive, it is of the utmost importance that new technologies are not only developed, but rapidly incorporated and put into use. This text contains the proceedings of the first International Conference on Marine Transport held in Plymouth in September 1995 and of the first International Conferen during September 1995.