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22 January 2021

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Maritime Policy & Management

Special Issue Editor(s)

Yuquan (Bill) Du, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania
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Chen Li, College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University
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Tingsong Wang, Economics and Management School, Wuhan University
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Ya Xu, Nankai University Business School
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Smart Port and Shipping Operations

The world trade and International Freight Transport rely main on the maritime industry, while the maritime industry in turn survives on the efficient and sustainable operations of ports and shipping businesses. Maintaining and improving the daily operations of a port is extremely complicated, involving the allocation or assignment of recourses such as berthing space and yard space, the scheduling of critical equipment such as quay crane (or ship loaders), yard cranes (or reclaimers), and container trucks (or AGVs), and interactions with stakeholders such as the gate appointment system and the ship stowage plan assistance program. The daily operations of a shipping company or a ship is also capital intensive and cost sensitive, including shipping service network design, service schedule design and adjustment, fleet deployment, speed optimisation, sailing route planning and adjustment, and more critical issues associated with demand forecast and revenue/yield management. Apart from efficiency, more and more sustainability issues have been confronting the operations of ports and shipping businesses, such as emission mitigation, increased costs, irrational investment decisions, and market turmoil.

Along with these efficiency and sustainability issues in port and shipping operations, a bunch of new technologies have been emerging, such as digitalisation, big data, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), digital twin, block chain, autonomous ships, drones, to name but a few. Even in a traditional approach such as optimisation, its state-of-the-art theories, e.g. robust optimisation theories, have not received the attention of researchers in maritime studies.

This special issue on “smart port and shipping operations” to be published in Maritime & Policy Management bring all these emerging technologies together, no matter they are hardware, software, or innovative approaches related, and encourage the researchers in maritime studies to have deep thoughts on how these technologies make the operations of port and shipping smarter (more efficient and sustainable). This special issue encourages not only exploratory researches on new the possible applications of emerging technologies (such as data analytics, block chain, and digital twin) but also the new view angles of well addressed research questions (such as the optimisation problems in port and shipping operations). The guest editors are methods agnostic.

The special issue is open to the public research community, not limited to the participants of The Asian Logistics Round Table (ALRT) 2020 Conference. https://www.amc.edu.au/alrt-conference 

The possible research topics include but are not limited to:

• Exploratory researches regarding the applications of block chains in the maritime industry

• Exploratory researches regarding the applications of digital twin in the maritime industry

• Exploratory researches regarding the applications of AI in the maritime industry

• Exploratory researches for the future era of autonomous shipping

• Innovative applications of drones in port and shipping operations

• Data analytics for port and shipping operations

• Innovations in port designs

• Optimisation problems in port operations

• Optimisation problems in shipping operations

• Revenue/yield management of a shipping company

• Innovations for sustainability issues with emerging technologies

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We aim to make publishing with Taylor & Francis a rewarding experience for all our authors. Please visit our Author Services website for more information and guidance, and do contact us if there is anything we can help with!

Submission Instructions

• Opening date: 19th August 2020

• Publication (estimated): November – December, 2021

• Every paper should comply with the word limits and formatting preferences of Maritime Policy and Management

If you have any queries, please email Dr Yuquan (Bill) Du at [email protected]

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