American Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering

Special Issue

Digital Transformation in Maritime Transportation: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Implications

  • Submission Deadline: 5 April 2024
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Gustavo Adolfo Velandia Camacho
About This Special Issue
Maritime transportation, long considered the backbone of global trade, has been historically characterized by its deeply entrenched traditional processes. However, as the world stands on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, maritime transportation needs to be at the forefront of a sweeping transformation.
This profound shift is not merely a matter of integrating new technologies into an existing framework. Instead, it embodies the complete reinvention of maritime operations, altering the way the industry views efficiency, sustainability, and interconnectedness. As the boundaries between the digital and physical blur, the maritime world grapples with both challenges and opportunities. From real-time data analytics enhancing route optimization and vessel performance to the adoption of blockchain technology ensuring secure and transparent maritime trade, the ocean of possibilities is vast and deep.
Furthermore, as Artificial Intelligence becomes increasingly sophisticated, its potential in maritime logistics presents an opportunity for predictive analytics, dynamic rerouting, and autonomous vessel operations. The burgeoning relevance of digital twins not only promises a revolution in ship design but also a radical change in real-time navigation and predictive maintenance. The introduction of technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) propels port operations into the next generation, emphasizing real-time tracking, automation, and seamless integration between ship and shore.
However, with these advancements come new challenges. Cybersecurity, for instance, becomes paramount as digital integration increases, making the maritime sector a potential target for cyber threats. Similarly, as the sector leans heavily into digitalization, ensuring sustainable and eco-friendly practices through digital tools becomes crucial, especially given the maritime industry's significant impact on global environmental health.
This Special Issue seeks to not only spotlight these transformative technologies but to understand them in the larger context of the maritime industry's evolution. By weaving together historical perspectives with futuristic visions, we aim to present a comprehensive tapestry of maritime digital transformation, one that takes into account its rich past, dynamic present, and the uncharted waters of its future.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. The confluence of AI and maritime logistics, and its implications
  2. Digital twins revolutionizing ship design and navigation
  3. The transformative potential of blockchain in maritime trade processes
  4. IoT's role in amplifying port operations and vessel management
  5. Addressing the rising cybersecurity concerns within maritime digital spheres
  6. Harnessing digital solutions for sustainable and efficient maritime practices
  7. The advent of immersive technologies in maritime training and real-time communication enhancements
  8. The implications of advanced communication technologies like 5G and Starlink in maritime operations
  9. Insights from ground-breaking digital initiatives within maritime contexts and their environmental impact.
  10. Types of articles welcomed:

    1. Original Research Articles: Empirical studies contributing novel findings
    2. Review Articles: Comprehensive assessments of existing literature
    3. Case Studies: In-depth analysis of specific maritime digital initiatives
    4. Technical Reports: Introductions to innovative tools or methods
    5. Short Communications: Brief reports of significant findings
    6. Letters to the Editor: Scholarly commentaries or responses
    7. Methodological Papers: Explorations of research methodologies
Lead Guest Editor
  • Gustavo Adolfo Velandia Camacho

    Faculty of Naval Engineering, Colombian Naval Academy, Cartagena, Colombia

Guest Editors
  • Luis Javier Serrano Tamayo

    Cardiff Department of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

  • Alexander Gomez

    Department of Information Systems Technolog, The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), Philadelphia, United States

  • Rafael Alberto Méndez Romero

    Department of Engineering, Science and Technology, Rosario University, Bogota, Colombia

  • Germán Collazos Guzmán

    Department of Communication, Research Group A1 "Education and Educators", Savannah College, Chia, Colombia

  • Oscar Olaya

    Faculty of Engineering, University of the Plains, Villavicencio, Colombia

  • Néstor Camilo Villota Bacca

    Faculty of Logistics, Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia