and If Christopher Columbus were to return 4 centuries after he left his own world of change, discovery, and the overthrow of ancient certainties, he would find the maritime world of today at a new stage of evolution and again in need of some upturning of established ideologies and of the venturesome spirit. Despite the occasional recurrence of that spirit, man's understanding of the oceans after millennia of deep-water navigation is not so remarkable as his continuing inability to cope with the sea's vagaries and to understand its demands. He hunts for its living resources in the same way his remotest ancestors did, and as a seafarer he is scarcely less a victim of the oceans than they were. Along with many other uses to which the salt-water surface of the world is put, navigation today poses more problems than the current level of social and technical intelligence seems capable of solving. As the end of the twentieth century comes nearer, it seems possible to predict that a new view-indeed a revolutionary concept-of the legal and technical means of ensuring ships' safety will in time impose itself on the maritime world. The years 1976 and 1977 have, in
Ocean Yearbook Online – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1978
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