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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Maritime Policy & Management

For a Special Issue on
Green Port and Maritime Shipping

Manuscript deadline
28 February 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dan Zhuge, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Maxim A. Dulebenets, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Florida A&M University-Florida State University
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Shuaian (Hans) Wang, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Kjetil Fagerholt, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Green Port and Maritime Shipping

Air emissions from maritime transportation have been one of the most discussed environmental concerns in recent years. Frequent shipping activities consume nearly 240 million tons of marine fuel per year, as reported by the International Maritime Organization (Fourth IMO GHG Study, 2020). Therefore, considerable ship emissions will be generated, including sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter (PM). Most of these emissions (around 70%) occur within 400 km of the coastline, which have caused severe environmental and health problems. A recent report shows that shipping emissions result in at least 400,000 global premature deaths each year indirectly. Therefore, it is urgent to take measures for controlling air emissions related to shipping activities at ports and at sea.

The emissions at ports are mainly generated from the activities of ships berthing and navigating as well as the activities of cargo loading, unloading, transshipment, storing and internal container transfer operations within the terminal. To ensure environmental sustainability at ports, operators need to achieve a trade-off between port operations efficiency and emission control, while introducing the green target into the traditional port operations problems (e.g., berth allocation, quay crane scheduling, and yard crane assignment) is challenging. Green port technologies (e.g., electrification, energy storage systems, and automated container terminals) have received widespread attention and to some extent adopted in practice. For example, cold-ironing equipment has been applied at some ports for reducing fuel consumption by vessels while anchored at berthing positions. With the aim of energy saving and emission reduction in the shipping industry, the port management system should be further optimized and green port technologies deserve to be widely explored and discussed.

Traditional shipping operations and management problems focus on reducing operating cost. Typical problems in this area, including network design, fleet deployment, schedule design, and ship routing, have been investigated by large numbers of research scholars. However, considering recent emission control policies and measures, such as sulfur emission regulations (0.1% sulfur limit within international emission control areas and 0.5% global sulfur cap), existing maritime shipping networks in shipping companies should be redesigned to achieve operating cost savings. The construction of green shipping also depends on abatement technologies (e.g., exhaust gas scrubbers) and new energies (e.g., battery, biofuel, and nuclear), some of which have been identified to be effective in reducing ship emissions and mitigating environmental problems. Liquefied natural gas containing zero sulfur content as a popular clean energy has been used in practical operations. A rapid development in maritime shipping management and technologies has been witnessed by the past decade, while the realization of green shipping is still on the way.

The special issue aims to promote the research on green port and maritime shipping. The beneficiaries of this issue include academic scholars, shipping companies, port operators, and policy makers. The guest editors call for all high-quality research papers on green port management and technologies, green shipping management and technologies, and the implementation and inspection of emission reduction regulations. We welcome both research and review papers.

This special issue is open to the public research community, not limited to the participants of International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2021. https://www.polyu.edu.hk/lms/icms/ifspa2021/

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Green port operations and management
  • Green port technology adoption
  • Green port performance evaluation
  • Port-related green transport
  • Green shipping policies and measures
  • Green shipping network optimization
  • Fuel consumption estimation based on AIS data and actual fuel consumption
  • Technologies to improve fuel efficiency of ships
  • Abatement technologies in maritime transportation
  • New energies for emission reduction
  • Modal shifts under sulfur limit rules
  • Inspection and enforcement of emission regulations
  • Impact of recent IMO regulations on shipping emissions

Submission Instructions

  • Please select the special issue of "Green Port and Maritime Shipping" when submitting your paper
  • Every paper should comply with the word limits and formatting preferences of Maritime Policy & Management
  • Expected publication: September-October, 2022

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