The Green Shipping Project

Advancing knowledge and understanding towards the progressive governance of sustainable maritime transport.

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About the Project

The UBC Centre for Transportation Studies together with 18 university partners and 19 non-academic industry and government partners lead an international maritime research network on governing environmental improvements in the maritime supply chain. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and includes economists, business management scholars and political scientists.

While there is well-developed technical literature on ship design and the economics of efficient operation, sea transport is relatively under-­‐investigated in the business management, political economy and global governance literatures. There is consequently a major gap when it comes to understanding the implications of the accelerating “green shipping” trend, which calls for greater environmental accountability and reduction of the air, land and water impacts of the sector along the maritime supply chain.

The Green Shipping research network aims to address this knowledge gap. The overall goal is to advance knowledge and understanding towards the progressive governance of sustainable maritime transport.

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Recent Activity

The role of sustainability in global seaports

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Partners: Tony Walker,
Benthic marine debris in the Bay of Fundy, Eastern Canada: Spatial distribution and categorization using seafloor video footage

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Partners: Tony Walker,
A ghostly issue: managing abandoned, lost and discarded lobster fishing gear in the Bay of Fundy in Eastern Canada

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What drives ports around the world to adopt air emissions abatement measures?

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Partners: Trevor Heaver,
Reducing anchorage in ports: changing technologies, opportunities and challenges

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How shipping ports can become more sustainable

Dr. Michelle Adams, Dr. Tony Walker and Tahazzud Hossain discuss importance of port sustainability and discuss directions Canadian ports can pursue to become more sustainable. Read the article with The…

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An innovative global green shipping research-partnering project

Green Shipping partners Dr. David Gillen (University of British Columbia), Dr. Peter Hall (Simon Fraser University), Dr. Michele Acciaro (Kuhne Logistics University) and Dr. Henrik Sornn-Friese (Copenhagen Business School) speak…

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A new hope of environmentally friendly world-wide shipping

Professors Dr. David Gillen (UBC Sauder School of Business) and Dr. Henrik Sornn-Friese (Copenhagen Business School) speak about the Green Shipping Project’s role in supplementing the breadth of technical shipping…

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