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World of Shipping Portugal

An International Research Conference on Maritime Affairs

21 - 22 November 2019, Carcavelos, Portugal

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Message from the Chairman

The evolutionary path under which the shipping industry has been going through is, without doubt, an amazing one. The discovery of steam engine and its application on the vessels of those times, has without doubt removed the existing uncertainty derived from having good winds on not. It allowed the establishment of scheduled routes, which could be announced to shippers wherever they were located. The liner shipping flourished and trade agreements between remote regions of the world were established thus pioneering the globalised environment in which we live today.

At the same time, vessel specialisation occurred to meet the different characteristics of the different types of cargoes being traded, and numerous types of vessels ply the ocean carrying them; some liquid other dry, some in bulk other containerised. In fact, containerisation is one of the revolutionary innovations that changed the organisation in which the traditional liner shipping market operated. When Malcolm McLean shipped the first containers on board the converted tanker Ideal X in 1956, he was far from knowing the changes that such a box would bring to the world.

The liner shipping industry, which so far lived in an environment of its own, has been forced to open its doors and extend its operations inland creating an array of integrated transport systems that link the north and the south and the east and the west of the planet. Moreover, it has been forced to adopt new business strategies of which logistics plays a critical role. Driven by the desire to cut transport costs the industry has witnessed an increasing vessel size, already experienced in the tanker market, which also extends to the dry bulk segment.
Today three market segments dominate the world, the tanker, the dry bulk, and the container shipping markets. While they have different modes of operations because of the inherent nature of the cargoes they carry, they all face the same future challenges.

The constraints imposed by i) the climate change obliging vessels to comply with the global fuel sulphur limit of 0.5% which will enter into force in 2020; ii) the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, which has entered into force on September 8, 2017 as a mean to stop non-native species from invading local marine environments and causing serious ecological, economic and public health impact on the receiving environment; iii) the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems in Ships aimed at protecting the marine environment and human health from adverse effects of anti-fouling systems on ships by phasing out the use of harmful organotin compounds; iv) the need to improve effectiveness and efficiency of operations from economical, regulatory and safety point of views, and the v) Petya cyberattack which shut down numerous Maersk operations are driving the industry into the adoption of innovative solutions and to invest on research and development.

Topics such as improved waterborne transport concepts, energy efficiency and emission control in waterborne transport concepts, optimisation of transport infrastructure including terminal, the port of the future, the autonomous and unmanned vessels, complex and value - added specialised vessels, and last but not the least digitalisation have been driving researchers from all over the world to find solutions for them.
It is with this challenging background that the 2019 World of Shipping Portugal, an International Research Conference on Maritime Affairs main theme is "Leading the Shipping Industry into the Future". Moreover, the Conference wants to establish itself as a meeting point of reference bringing together the industry, leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of maritime transport to promote a better future for the industry.

Welcome to Portugal, the birthplace of the World Discoveries!


9 July 2018

Ana Casaca


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About the Conference Organiser

The Conference organization is under the responsibility of Ana Casaca. Ana Casaca organised in cooperation with Cargo Edições and chaired the 2010 Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists and the 2012 International Research Conference on Short Sea Shipping. She wants to establish the 'World of Shipping Portugal. An International Research Conference on Maritime Affairs' as a worldwide reference research conference on maritime affairs.
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