Reduction of emissions along the maritime intermodal container chain: operational models and policies.

Christos A. Kontovas, Harilaos N. Psaraftis

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Abstract

Emissions from commercial shipping are currently the subject of intense scrutiny. Among the top fuel-consuming categories of ships and hence air polluters are container vessels. The main reason is their high service speed. Lately, speed reduction has become a very popular operational measure to reduce fuel consumption and can obviously be used to curb emissions. This paper examines such an operational scenario. Since time at sea increases with slow steaming, there is a parallel and strong interest to investigate possible ways to decrease time in port. One way to do so is to reduce port service time. Another possible way to minimize disruption and maximize efficiency is the prompt berthing of vessels upon arrival. To that effect, a related berthing policy is investigated as a measure to reduce waiting time. The objective of reducing emissions along the maritime intermodal container chain is investigated vis-a-vis reduction in operational costs and other service attributes. Some illustrative examples are presented.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMaritime Policy and Management
Volume38
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)451-469
ISSN0308-8839
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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