Addressing Maritime Supply Chain Challenges via Industry 4.0

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312).

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Interests: cruise ships; ferries; impacts of climate change; shipping education and training; transport history; sustainability issues; resilient supply chain management; health logistics; human remains and regional development
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Interests: operations research; optimization; simulation modeling; supply chain management; transportation systems; transportation safety; transportation economics; natural hazard preparedness
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the frequent occurrence of supply chain disruptions, various issues have emerged in current shipping networks and ports. These issues create significant pressure on current shipping networks and ports to handle maritime traffic flows. Supply chain disruptions can be caused by many factors, such as disease outbreaks, climate change, sudden demand shifts, and fiscal and monetary stimuli. For example, the second wave of COVID-19 abruptly caused supply chain disruptions in many countries, as well as further shortages in medical devices. The emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) could assist the relevant stakeholders in addressing the major challenges caused by supply chain disruptions and help to make maritime supply chains more resilient. To define and implement Industry 4.0, some trends, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, robotics, maritime transport automation, human–machine interface, and cyber-physical systems (CPSs), could be explored. The successful utilization of Industry 4.0 in the shipping industry needs a forward-thinking approach to leverage the benefits of Industry 4.0 in a more holistic way. These trends require a smarter transformation for current shipping networks and ports. The present Special Issue aims to bring together theoretical and practical research efforts on current shipping networks and port issues.

Dr. Yui-yip Lau
Dr. Junayed Pasha
Dr. Maxim A. Dulebenets
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Keywords

  • drone vessels
  • blockchain
  • robotics
  • automated container terminals
  • automated handling equipment
  • green shipping management
  • adaptation and resilience of shipping networks and ports in the post-pandemic world
  • maritime supply chain disruptions
  • Industry 4.0 in shipping
  • the future of maritime digitalization

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Visibility Performance Assessment: Simulation of a Digital Shadow in a Port
by Erik Bergeron, Jean-François Audy and Pascal Forget
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(5), 927; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11050927 - 26 Apr 2023
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The growth of goods transported by ship affects the entire maritime industry, which is central to the global supply chain. Faced with an increased pressure from the industry, ports need greater visibility on the flow of goods and logistics operations. To tackle this [...] Read more.
The growth of goods transported by ship affects the entire maritime industry, which is central to the global supply chain. Faced with an increased pressure from the industry, ports need greater visibility on the flow of goods and logistics operations. To tackle this challenge, improvement opportunities as well as weaknesses must be identified in order to define an efficient data acquisition strategy that will allow port authorities to enhance their current visibility within their port ecosystem. This article presents the simulation of a digital shadow based on a Canadian port case study. The study uses the simulation of a digital shadow to diagnose a Canadian port authority’s current visibility, with an accent on data accuracy, in order to identify improvement opportunities aimed at overcoming weaknesses identified in a current practice scenario and then compare the performance of the current system with said improvements in a second scenario. To our knowledge, this is the first simulation study on visibility performance assessment in a port’s digital shadow. Full article
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Game Change: A Critical Review of Applicable Collision Avoidance Rules between Traditional and Autonomous Ships
by Pengfei Zhang, Qiong Chen, Tobias Macdonald, Yui-Yip Lau and Yuk-Ming Tang
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2022, 10(11), 1655; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10111655 - 04 Nov 2022
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Since the rise of intelligent control and multi-sensor integration technology, the development of autonomous ships has been significantly growing over the last decade. This advancement has painted a picture of extreme change with a radical alteration of human factors and new operating models. [...] Read more.
Since the rise of intelligent control and multi-sensor integration technology, the development of autonomous ships has been significantly growing over the last decade. This advancement has painted a picture of extreme change with a radical alteration of human factors and new operating models. Inherent with the development of such ships, some concerns regarding their safe operation and integration into the maritime regulatory framework arose. Although the introduction of autonomous vessels is not an impending factor, it is the future, and one day will come into application. The primary concern inherent in the development of autonomous ships is compliance with the current International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) 1972. This paper uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine autonomous vessel seaborne interactions. The results show that we should actively support the modernization of the maritime industry and integrate it with other autonomous industries in the world. Full article
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