Port Business and Green Innovation

Call for papers for: Maritime Business Review


Special Issue on "PORT BUSINESS AND GREEN INNOVATION" of the 2021 World of Shipping Portugal, An International Research Conference on Maritime Affairs, 28-29 January 2021


As the shipping industry goes into the future, the port industry has to evolve in order to meet their customers’ needs and wants and to stay competitive. Specifically, the development of autonomous ships is raising concerns about their operations not only in the open sea but also in restricted waters. Questions such as how to deal with navigating these vessels in restricted waters to maximize the port safety and the role of pilotage deserve an answer to keep the number of port accidents as low as possible and reduce the negative environmental impact that such accidents might cause.

At the same time, concerns about cyber-attacks in a port environment are growing and the need for cyber risk assessment becomes critical for the security of the port as a whole and also of the country where the port is located. This issue is enhanced if the port in question is a vital gateway for the country and the region.

Traditionally, port governance and port centrality have been critical managerial aspects for ports to stay competitive. While this has helped ports maintain their dominance in certain markets, as it happens in the container shipping and cruise industries, the integration of ports in supply chains is emerging as a key aspect since it can lead into further cargo consolidation through ports resulting in increasing annual throughputs. The introduction of new technologies such as blockchain, can foster the role of ports in supply chains and contribute to improve above mentioned port security.

As part of the new strategies to stay competitive, ports must find new ways to communicate not only with their customers but also with their stakeholders. In recent years, social media has been playing a critical role not only in economic activities but also at the political level. In this regard it is interesting to know how ports can use social media to improve the communications with their stakeholders.


This special issue will gather selected high-quality papers addressing the aspects listed below. Authors who cannot attend the conference session are also welcomed to submit their papers to this special issue of the Journal.

  • New technologies in port operations
  • Port innovation
  • Green port
  • Port sustainability
  • Port safety and security
  • Port governance
  • Port business models
  • Social media in ports
  • Blockchain application
  • Adoption of autonomous ship at ports
  • Cyber risk assessment
  • Cruise port development and strategies
  • Port identiy and marketing


Important dates

  • Manuscript submission: 1st April 2021
  • Expected to receive first reviewer feedback: 15th June 2021
  • Revised paper submission: 15th August 2021
  • Acceptance/rejection notification: 15th October 2021
  • Expected publication date: 1st March 2022



For any queries, please feel free to discuss your manuscript ideas with the Guest Editors:

Dr. Ana Cristina Paixão Casaca, Ana Casaca, ‘World of Shipping Portugal’ and CIMOSM (Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa), Portugal
(Email: [email protected])

Dr. Dimitrios V. Lyridis, Laboratory for Maritime Transport, School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
(Email: [email protected])