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Special Issue "Sustainable Maritime Transportation Management and Policies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Kum Fai Yuen

Department of International Logistics, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 06974, Korea
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Interests: sustainability; service quality; maritime transport
Guest Editor
Dr. Yiik Diew Wong

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
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Interests: urban systems; urban transportation; green and sustainable transport; freight movements; safety analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to submit a paper to our Special Issue entitled ‘Sustainable Maritime Transportation Management and Policies’ at Sustainability, which is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and has an impact factor of 2.075.

Sustainable maritime transportation management is defined as the integration of social and environmental concerns of stakeholders in the business operations of maritime firms, such as shipping companies and port operators. It is recognized as one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, which is reflected in the increasing number of international regulations such as MARPOL 2020, Energy Efficiency Design Index, Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan, and Ballast Water Management System to curb greenhouse gas emissions or reduce the impact of invasive marine biological species from ship. In addition, self-regulated or market-driven initiatives, technologies, and measures, for instance, ISO 14000, ISO 26000, slow-steaming, cold-ironing, scrubbers, biocide-free paints, and renewable fuel alternatives are increasingly being adopted by shipping companies to lower operating cost, differentiate their services, and reduce the impact of their operations on society and the environment.

Research on sustainable maritime transportation is gaining ground in all aspects and sectors of the industry. Nevertheless, the ever-tightening of environmental and social criteria prescribed by international regulations has called for innovative, scientific or data-driven approaches to manage maritime transportation activities. This Special Issue at Sustainability aims to bring together recent theoretical, applied or methodological advances concerning sustainable maritime transportation management and policies. Both research and review papers are welcomed.

Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subjected to a rigorous peer review with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Dr. Kum Fai Yuen
Dr. Yiik Diew Wong
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Sustainable maritime transportation planning and management
  • Sustainable maritime transportation policies and implementation
  • Sustainable maritime transportation and competitive advantages
  • Stakeholder management and participation in the maritime transportation industry
  • Customer satisfaction and loyalty through implementing sustainable maritime transportation activities
  • Sustainability disclosure and marketing in the maritime transportation industry
  • Sustainable maritime network or fleet optimization
  • Sustainability leadership
  • Managing sustainability through collaboration and coordination
  • Economic analysis of sustainable maritime transportation

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A Shared Container Transportation Mode in the Yangtze River
Sustainability 2019, 11(10), 2886; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102886
Received: 29 March 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 14 May 2019 / Published: 21 May 2019
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Sharing economy is an emerging concept that has been implemented in several industries and has achieved huge success. Novel solutions, built on the emerging concept of sharing economy, such as Uber, Didi, Mobike, and Cargostream, offer unprecedented opportunities for maritime organizations to reform [...] Read more.
Sharing economy is an emerging concept that has been implemented in several industries and has achieved huge success. Novel solutions, built on the emerging concept of sharing economy, such as Uber, Didi, Mobike, and Cargostream, offer unprecedented opportunities for maritime organizations to reform traditional water transportation. This paper presents an analysis framework of a shared container transportation mode to show the restrictions and benefit of the implementation of the concept of sharing economy in maritime transportation. As a typical inland water area in China, the Yangtze River is selected as the study area. A general shared container transportation framework is designed, including a new waiting mode, business process, and software platform system design. The new business process is developed to overcome the contradiction between the new shared container transportation mode and the traditional shipping process. The potential of the new mode is also discussed. It would contribute to the sustainability of maritime transportation with respect to energy saving. Full article
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Evaluation of Transshipment Container Terminals’ Service Quality in Vietnam: From the Shipping Companies’ Perspective
Sustainability 2019, 11(5), 1503; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11051503
Received: 26 February 2019 / Revised: 7 March 2019 / Accepted: 8 March 2019 / Published: 12 March 2019
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Vietnam is a popular production base for multi-national companies and has become a hub for the global supply chain. Accordingly, to facilitate the increased demands on transportation and to satisfy customers’ complicated requirements, more attention has been paid to the service quality of [...] Read more.
Vietnam is a popular production base for multi-national companies and has become a hub for the global supply chain. Accordingly, to facilitate the increased demands on transportation and to satisfy customers’ complicated requirements, more attention has been paid to the service quality of container terminals. Thus, the aim of this paper is to investigate the service quality of transshipment container terminals in Vietnam from the perspective of shipping companies. The Consistent Fuzzy Preference Relation (CFPR) method has been introduced to solve multi-criteria service quality problems using both empirical data and expert knowledge. The results of this study illustrate that terminal accessibility and the proximity to a main trunk route are most important among the principal factors and sub-factors. Additionally, the TCIT terminal’s service quality ranks first among the top five container terminals in Vietnam. This study provides stakeholders with insight into competitive factors and risk factors for container terminals and their overall quality of service. Full article
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