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Operations for Sustainable Shipping and Port Management

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2023) | Viewed by 1581

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School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore
Interests: data analytics in maritime transport; big data in maritime transport; green shipping management
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School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
Interests: innovation and technology management; technology and public health management; resilience and continuity; supply chain management and logistics; sustainable shipping management; sustainable cities; maritime strategy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

(1) Air emissions from the maritime industry is a significant concern recently. Frequent shipping and port activities generate considerable air emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulphur oxides (SOx). As the dominant greenhouse gas (GHG), CO2 emissions may cause extreme weather, a shrinking ozone layer, and changing ecosystems. The extensive emissions of SOx may also lead to environmental and health problems, such as lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and premature deaths. Therefore, controlling maritime transport emissions and promoting green shipping and port management is essential.

To reduce air pollutants from maritime activities, various countermeasures are adopted by governments and organizations to meet 2050 emission goals. For example, Emission Control Areas (ECAs) of sulphur and nitrogen oxides are designed and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI), the ship's Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) are adopted to reduce emissions of GHGs from international shipping. Various types of green technologies (e.g., electrification, energy storage system, and shore power), as well as clean energies (e.g., liquefied natural gas, solar energy, and biofuel), are also promoted in the maritime transportation industry to reduce exhaust emissions. Most green measures are effective in reducing emissions, while the development of green transportation is still in its infancy.

(2) It is evident that sustainability is the theme of the future development of the maritime industry. This Special Issue aims to promote research on realizing sustainable shipping and the management and optimization of port operations, which provides a platform for practitioners, scholars, researchers, and students to interact and exchange intelligence and views on a range of topics in green maritime management. The beneficiaries of this Special Issue include academic scholars, transportation companies, policymakers, and related sectors. The Guest Editors call for high-quality submissions regarding approaches to promoting green maritime operations management and optimization from all perspectives.

(3) In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Green/sustainable transportation activities by the sea;
  • Green/sustainable weather routing and scheduling optimization;
  • Green/sustainable maritime logistics network design;
  • Green/sustainable maritime logistics-oriented operations management;
  • Green/sustainable maritime technology adoption;
  • Green/sustainable shipping and port performance evaluation;
  • Technologies to improve maritime energy efficiency;
  • Clean energies for vessel and port emission reduction;
  • Planning and decision-making for maritime transport sustainability; 
  • Digitalization for green logistics-oriented operations management and optimization in maritime studies;
  • Emerging technologies in maritime emission monitoring.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Ran Yan
Dr. Kum Fai Yuen
Dr. Mingyang Zhang
Guest Editors

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  • maritime transportation
  • green shipping management
  • green port management
  • sustainable maritime management
  • green maritime operations management

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20 pages, 4236 KiB  
Container Shipping Optimization under Different Carbon Emission Policies: A Case Study
by Xiangang Lan, Xiaode Zuo and Qin Tao
Sustainability 2023, 15(10), 8388; - 22 May 2023
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 1187
Climate change is a major environmental issue facing humanity today, and the International Maritime Organization has accelerated the formulation of greenhouse gas emission policies. This study considers different carbon emission policies to construct an optimization model for container shipping, design an improved Whale [...] Read more.
Climate change is a major environmental issue facing humanity today, and the International Maritime Organization has accelerated the formulation of greenhouse gas emission policies. This study considers different carbon emission policies to construct an optimization model for container shipping, design an improved Whale Swarm Algorithm to solve related issues, and use the marginal carbon abatement cost method to analyze the deep-seated reasons for the optimization of liner shipping according to different carbon emission policies, thereby revealing the underlying reasons of emission-reduction decisions. The conclusions reveal that both kinds of carbon emission policies will reduce the profits of companies, the average speed of shipping, and carbon emissions. The carbon tax model has the greatest impact on the profits of shipping companies, and carbon cap-and-trade is easier to obtain support from enterprises. Sensitivity analysis shows that the implementation of carbon cap-and-trade or a carbon tax policy is closely and complexly related to the carbon trading price, carbon tax rate, fuel price, and ship size, and there is uncertainty. Full article
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