1st Edition

Containerization in Maritime Transport Contemporary Trends and Challenges

    326 Pages 26 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    326 Pages 26 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Containerization provides optimization of handling processes in terms of intermodality and efficient cargo handling, and maritime transport, in particular, it provides further optimization of shipping processes in terms of volume and distance. Containerization has become the most significant factor stimulating the development of modern global trade. With the progress of globalization taken into account (longer distances and increasing cargo volumes), it can be seen that cargo becomes predestined to be transported by sea, which encourages ship owners to enlarge their fleets of container ships. Containerization in Maritime Transport: Contemporary Trends and Challenges addresses the key challenges to maritime transport and containerization, beginning with economic and managerial factors, through organizational, technical, operational, information and IT challenges, and ending with ecological challenges—ideally to lessen the environmental impacts of maritime transport.


    • Discusses the latest technological advances in shipping, including augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), 5G networks, smart camera and computer vision systems, and digital twin technology.

    • Presents ecological considerations and solutions that are indispensable to develop efficient and safe green supply chains.

    • Examines the economic aspects of shipping with regard to transport and container handling costs in international trade.

    Part 1: Maritime Containerized Transport (the status quo of its structure and main processes). 1. The origins of containerization processes in international trade. 2. A container as a loading unit. 3. Container Transport System and multimodal transport systems. 4. The development of the global fleet of container vessels. 5. The size and geographical structure of international container shipping in maritime transport. Part 2: Economic Challenges To Maritime Containerized Transport. 6. Transport and container handling costs in international maritime transport. 7. Documents in international maritime transport. 8. Insurance of containers and vessels in maritime transport. Part 3: Managerial and Operational Challenges To Maritime Containerized Transport. 9. The role of port container terminals in the maritime container turnover. 10. Organizational and technical conditions underlying operation of port container terminals. 11. Information and IT (telematics) solutions in the management of containerization processes in maritime transport. Part 4: Sustainable Development Challenges to Containerized Maritime Transport. 12. Eco-logistics and sustainable development requirements in the pragmatics of containerisation processes in maritime transport. 13. Conclusions.


    UG Professor Emeritus Eugeniusz Gostomski, Ph.D., is a long-standing academic employee of the Department of International Business at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdańsk, a member of a supervisory board of a stock exchange-listed company. He specializes in the field of economic analysis and international maritime trade, with particular consideration of German economy. He is an author of numerous monographs, including German Economy, International Banking, and International Maritime Trade.

    WSB Associate Professor Ryszard Miler, Ph.D., is a director of the Baltic Sea Centre of Applied Logistics at the Faculty of IT and New Technologies at WSB in Gdańsk and an academic employee of the WSB-DSW Scientific Federation. He holds the title of European Senior Logistician, awarded by the European Logistics Association. He specializes in the field of logistics management, telematics systems and maritime transport. He is an author of numerous scientific monographs, including Safety and Security of Maritime Transport and Telematics Solutions in Maritime and Inland Waterway Transport.

    Assistant Professor Tomasz Nowosielski, Ph.D., is an academic employee of the Department of Transport and Maritime Trade at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdańsk. His scientific interests include land and maritime transport systems, globalization processes and the protection of marine environment. He is a co-author of several monographs, including International Maritime Trade and Evolution and Significance of Maritime Ports in EU Countries.