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What is Maritime Affairs?
Maritime Affairs is a (non-profit) association formed to promote public knowledge and understanding of Canadian naval and maritime security issues.
Maritime Affairs takes a broad, 21st century approach to the ocean dimension of national security. We do not only look at the important role our Navy plays in preserving our sovereignty and security and acting as an instrument of Canadian foreign policy, we are also deeply concerned with the economic, ecological, and scientific aspects. We explain the importance of international trade to the Canadian economy and how it affects our standard of living. We discuss the need for responsible stewardship of our huge ocean domain, one almost as big as the Canadian land mass. We are very concerned with the safety of life at sea and the safe operation of vessels. We are interested in the use and management of our ocean resources. And we are most interested in the contribution our navy makes to our way of life and to the maintenance of law and order in Canadian and other waters. And we are also concerned with preserving our rich naval and general sea-going heritage.
Maritime Affairs reaches out to all Canadians to explain just how important a part the oceans play in their daily lives.
By joining Maritime Affairs you not only keep yourself current on the often complex issues of maritime security, you also get an opportunity to take part in an informed debate on those issues. Membership entitles you to receive a quarterly package of general information on Canadian naval and maritime security issues:
The Niobe Papers
The Niobe Papers are a series of Occasional Papers addressing various aspects of the important role the oceans and the Navy play in the Canadian economic and social fabric. They are published by Maritime Affairs as part of the membership package and are also available for purchase by non-members.
Started originally in 1990 to record the Proceedings of the annual Naval Officers' Association of Canada (NOAC) maritime affairs seminar, the series has been expanded to include historical and opinion papers, analyses, and other works of interest to the broader maritime community.
Previous volumes (some of which are still available) include:
Niobe Papers Volumes 9-12 can be purchased for $10.00 per copy (US$7.50) plus a postage and handling fee of $4.00 (US$3.50) for up to three volumes or $6.50 (US$6.00) for 3-9 volumes.
Niobe Papers Volumes 4-8 can be purchased for $5.00 (US$3.75) per copy plus a postage and handling fee of $4.00 (US$3.50) for up to three volumes or $6.50 (US$6.00) for 3-9 volumes.
Special rates are available on request for larger orders of 10 or more volumes.
Copies of Niobe Papers Volumes 4-12 can be ordered by writing to:
Orders must be accompanied by a cheque or money order made payable to Maritime Affairs for the full amount of the order plus the postage and handling charges. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Courier or Priority Mail service is available on request, and customers will be charged the actual cost of the service.
Enquiries about Niobe Papers, including submitting manuscripts for consideration by the Editorial Board, can be made in writing to the above address or by e-mail to:
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