Sustainability issues in maritime transport and main challenges of the shipping industry

  • Received August 7, 2019;
    Accepted August 27, 2019;
    Published September 3, 2019
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    Volume 10 2019, Issue #1, pp. 48-65
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Considering the rapid development of oceanic logistics, the maritime traffic is one of the worst offenders for air and water pollution. This paper primarily aims to explore the key concepts and terms applied to denote the sustainability issues in maritime transport and main challenges for the shipping industry. The present study investigates the existing sustainability frameworks on the relationship between sustainability and maritime industry. Also the author proposes to use modelling approaches to measure the relationship between oil prices, exchange rate, services export and ocean transport value added. The empirical findings indicate that growth rate of the crude oil prices has negative impact on ocean transport value added growth, and it can be traced that the oil industry has a strong influence on value creation in maritime clusters and their competitiveness, especially on the shipping sector. The analysis also sheds light on the impacts of relationship between environmental pollution and maritime cluster activity (through the validation of the EKC hypothesis in Norway). The current paper reveals that there is an inverted U-shaped relationship between economic growth and CO2 emissions. The empirical evidences show that the links between CO2 emissions and ocean transport value added are more significant than with energy consumption indicator. It can be assumed that, due to the energy efficiency policy and technological leadership in the shipping industry, the environmental impact of energy use (renewable energy) has improved.

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    • Figure 1. Geographical distribution of the most important maritime regions in Norway
    • Figure 2. Development in crude oil prices, services export, official exchange rate NOK to USD and ocean transport value added in Norway during the period 1980–2018
    • Figure 3. The dynamics of export in sea and coastal water transport services and share of it in total export in services in Norway, 2015–2018
    • Figure 4. The cluster’s turnover broken down on the four segments and split by markets
    • Figure 5. Deviation from trend of the oil price component
    • Figure 6. The results of the check on the stationary time series in the EViews program
    • Figure 7. Development in official exchange rate with USD relative to NOK and ocean transport value added during the period 1979–2018
    • Figure 8. Development in crude oil prices and ocean transport value added during the period 1979–2018
    • Figure 9. Autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) testing results in the EViews program
    • Table 1. Norwegian-controlled foreign-going fleet composition as of January 1, 2019, by number of ships
    • Table 2. Regression results
    • Table 3. Regression results