Special Issue "Improving the Environmental Performances of Maritime Transport and Ports"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Matteo Ignaccolo
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania
Interests: Transportation; Transport Planning; Transport Management; Transport Economics; Transportation Planning; Sustainable Transport; Seaports and Maritime Transport; Port planning and management
Prof. Elen Twrdy
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Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport, University of Ljubljana
Interests: Transportation; Transport Planning; Transportation Planning; Maritime logistics, Sustainable Transport; Seaports and Maritime Transport; Port planning and management
Dr. Nadia Giuffrida
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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Italy
Interests: transportation and land use; spatial analysis; participatory transport planning; transport and social inclusion; geographic information systems; planning for accessibility
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, globalization has led to an exponential increase in the amount of goods shipped by maritime transport, with huge economic performances for the regions in which ports are located. On the down side, maritime transport can cause several externalities, with environmental issues occurring during all phases of navigation, and especially at ports. Mitigation measures must be oriented to ensure the environmental sustainability of maritime transport, guaranteeing resilience of the practices envisaged, especially in the light of the disruptive challenges our world is nowadays facing.

International guidelines and practices have dealt with the different issues and environmental impacts caused by maritime transport, in particular in port areas, by providing innovative and efficient solutions; the next step is to frame the management of ports and maritime transport with a focus on environmental protection, guaranteeing optimization of operations while providing environmental improvements.

Based on this premise, this Special Issue seeks to collect high-quality papers addressing the contemporary challenges and innovations aimed at operations and management of ports and maritime transport in order to improve environmental performance. Contributions may include state-of-the art research, development of new models, proposal of policies, and analysis of new mitigation measures in this research area.

Topics to be discussed in this Special Issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Modeling emissions in maritime and ports operations
  • Innovative technologies for environmental improvement in shipping and ports
  • Case studies and solutions to cutting emissions in maritime transport
  • Port and terminals planning and operation design to improve enviromental management of shipping and ports
  • Enviromental management systems and indicators
  • Resilience practices in environmental management of ports and shipping in the aftermath of COVID-19

Prof. Matteo Ignaccolo
Prof. Elen Twrdy
Dr. Nadia Giuffrida
Guest Editors

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Keywords

emissions in maritime operations

port environmental policies

shipping environmental impact

port sustainability

sustainable maritime transportation

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Dynamic Load Modelling within Combined Transport Trains during Transportation on a Railway Ferry
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(16), 5710; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10165710 - 18 Aug 2020
Abstract
The development of foreign economic activity of the Eurasian states led to the introduction of rail and ferry transportation. It is important to note that the current normative documentation does not fully cover the issues of transporting combined trains by sea. This can [...] Read more.
The development of foreign economic activity of the Eurasian states led to the introduction of rail and ferry transportation. It is important to note that the current normative documentation does not fully cover the issues of transporting combined trains by sea. This can lead to a violation of the traffic safety of both the railway ferry and the transport of containers as part of combined trains by sea. In this connection, we investigated the dynamic loading of a container as part of a combined train when transported by a railway ferry. To ensure the stability of the container relative to the frame, we suggested an improvement of the load-bearing structure of a flat wagon. Additionally, we suggested the use of a viscous linkage between containers with the aim of reducing their dynamic load. To justify the suggested solutions, we carried out a mathematical modelling of the container dynamic load. The calculation was performed in MathCad. Due to the fact that the container has its own degree of freedom when transported by sea, the accelerations were separately determined for the supporting structure of the flat wagon and for the container. We found that the total amount of acceleration that acted on the container was 3.57 m/s2 (0.36 g) and on the load-bearing structure of the wagon was 2.47 m/s2 (0.25 g) which were, respectively, 38% and 23% less than the acceleration values in the typical scheme of their interaction. To determine the fields of acceleration distribution relative to the load-bearing structure of a flat wagon with containers, we carried out computer modelling of their dynamic load. The maximum percentage of discrepancy between the accelerations obtained by mathematical and computer modelling was 17.7%. The study will contribute to the creation of recommendations for the safe transport of combined trains by sea, as well as to increasing the efficiency of combined transport through international transport corridors. Full article
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