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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Maritime Policy & Management

For a Special Issue on
Decarbonisation Technology and Green Shipping Management

Manuscript deadline
24 August 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Venus Lun, Korea Maritime Institute
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Kee-hung Lai, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Dong Yang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Hyunsok Kim, Pusan National University
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Decarbonisation Technology and Green Shipping Management

Shipping refers to the business of transporting goods. World economic development is supported by shipping to facilitate trading activities and cargo movements. The growth of production activities together with the uneven distribution of markets and raw materials supplies has accelerated the demand for shipping. The vibrant economies of many international cities are highly dependent on the prosperity of shipping and related business activities. However, the development of the shipping industry and the related environmental issues that pertain to energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have caused public concerns regarding efforts on decarbonisation. The shipping sector by maritime transport is a major contributing source of GHG through its exhaust emissions. Among the GHG, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are the primary driver of global climate change. Before the 1950s, the atmosphere typically contained 280 ppm of CO2 while current outdoor CO2 reading is around 400 ppm. The source of CO2 grows as human activities have increased CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere while the sink of CO2 is decreased due to the deforestation to convert forest land to other land usages. Nowadays, decarbonatization is an important issue to address.

Decarbonization in shipping is relevant to the process of reducing CO2 and other GHG emissions across the shipping industry. Decarbonisation is an issue that affects all areas of the shipping industry. From the regulatory perspective, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) targets to implement the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) to reduce CO2 emission from the shipping sector. From the technological perspective, focuses are on resistance reducing measures, engine related measures, and alternative fuels. Studies from the operational perspectives include slow steaming, maintenance strategies, and retrofitting of energy efficiency devices. Other operating energy efficiency measures by assessing the ship type, ship size, and number of ships. In addition, green management practices (GMPs) are an effective management approach for firms to improve their performance. Green management paradigms are economically and environmentally oriented to the application of ecological factors. The scope of the adoption of GMPs ranges from green operations to life-cycle management. Life-cycle design endeavours toward “the development of a holistic concept for the entire life cycle”. For instance, life-cycle management in shipping management includes the planning of all possible operations for the design of ship, the handling of loading and unloading goods, equipment retrofits, materials recycling methods, reducing waste, and reducing the use of energy. There are alternative options available for stakeholders in the shipping sector to address environmental issues. In addition to the cost-benefit approach, multi-criteria decision-making methods are also common approaches to solve the energy choice problem.

The issue of decarbonation is an important topic to explore in maritime policy and management. While it is essential to engage enabling technologies to enhance energy efficiency and reduce the use of resources across the globe, there are evolving regulatory requirements in the shipping sector. To meet operating challenges, firms engage stakeholders with technology adoption and process innovation for decarbonisation. Decarbonisation process reflects commitments to resources deployment and relationship building with the firms to implement initiatives for CO2 reduction. The crucial roles of engaging technology applications and management practices for decarbonisation in shipping are equally important. This Special Issue of the Maritime Policy & Management (MPM) aims to publish the state-of-the-art research on decarbonisation in shipping. We invite submissions that present original and high-quality research work on decarbonisation through technology-driven operations and management practices. We consider submissions that introduce new research problems and concepts in decarbonisation, develop novel and rigorous methodologies to tackle the environmental problems arising from shipping operations. Papers can employ a range of research methods including, but not limited to, empirical studies with data analysis, theoretical investigation, data-driven methodologies, simulation, and case studies. Successful real-world technology adoptions are strongly encouraged. This Special Issue will consider submissions from an open track on the MPM and an invited track for extended versions of papers selected from the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Conference 2022 in Jeju Korea.

The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• Regulatory issue for GHG reduction
• Fuel switches in shipping
• Technical measures for decarbonisation
• Implementation of technical efficiency measures in shipping
• Operational measures for decarbonisation
• Effects of ship type, ship size, and number of ships on decarbonisation
• Measures applied in newbuilds
• Measures applied in retrofits
• Energy efficiency measure in shipping
• Green management practices
• Research methods in green technology
• Carbon lifecycle management
• Environmental impact assessment
• Data driven research in decarbonisation
• Carbon taxes

Submission Instructions

Important dates

  • First submission deadline: 31 August 2022
  • Notification of first decision: 31 October 2022
  • Completion of the SI with papers published: 31 January 2023

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