Dept. of Business Administration, Soochow University (SUBA)

International Conference on
Global Integration of Economies and Connectivity Development
in collaboration with Asian Logistics Round Table
August 31-September 1, 2015 | Soochow University | Taipei, Taiwan

Special Issue

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (TRD)
Special Issue on: "Container Transportation: Resilience and Sustainability"

Guest Editors:

Zaili Yang, Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Venus Lun, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Ioannis Lagoudis, Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, Malaysia
Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Department of Business Administration, Soochow University, Taiwan


Since the start of the current century the world at large has experienced uncertainties as a result of climate change, epidemics, terrorism threats and increasing economic upheaval. These uncertainties create risks for the proper functioning of container supply chains (CSCs) management and stimulate the research and development of resilient and sustainable container transportation. CSC management strategies are therefore moving from a cost saving or a value added orientation towards a resilience and sustainability focused regime concerning carbon emissions and pollution, safe and secure transportation and integrated logistics process improvement. The need for systematic methodologies and analytical tools to address the above concerns has been widely recognized among academics and practitioners in different segments of the air, road, rail, sea, inland waterways and port industries. Trying to integrate a green perspective into the management of intermodal CSCs is a key challenge for improving the environmental performance of international trade flows.

The performance of CSCs is inherently interrelated with performance of different layers at transportation services, packaging solutions of the cargo being transported in containers and relevant cargo handling logistics systems in the supply chains. To achieve sustainable operations, the CSCs should therefore be managed through integrated sustainability planning of all of these interactive service elements. Carbon emissions in CSCs could be reduced by optimised multimodal or intermodal transportation and reducing empty container transportation. Therefore, for a sustainable solution, the multi-dimensional performance in economic and environmental impacts needs to be assessed according to the multi-layer performance of transportation services, packaging of cargos and logistics facilities as an integrated system. To trade off and optimise the multi-dimension, multi-layer performance of such a system, the environmental and social impact dimension should be transformed and merged into the traditional performance measures in efficiency and effectiveness.

Nevertheless, the incorporation and integration of mathematical techniques, engineering models and management methods from the different segments for improving the resilience and sustainability of container transportation as a whole, while maintaining their competitiveness in terms of cost effectiveness and operational efficiency, is still largely unexplored. The purpose of this special issue is to examine the research challenges of developing resilient and sustainable container transportation, more specifically to identify opportunities and provide recommendations for researchers to conduct studies associated with operational research, safety, security and resilience, climate change, cost benefit analysis, ICT and intermodal transportation in the context. It will also provide a platform for knowledge exchange on understanding how the resilience and sustainability of container transportation systems can be enhanced through gathering and exchanging the knowledge and expertise in different segments involved in the systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Container cargo operation efficiency and traffic optimization
  • Safety and security analysis and management of CSCs
  • Climate change and sustainability assessment of container transportation systems
  • Green logistics modelling
  • Use of ICT in container transportation
  • Cost benefit analysis and economics modelling of CSCs
  • Intermodal logistics management

All submitted papers should address significant issues pertinent to the theme of this Special Issue and fall within the scope of Transportation Research: Part D. This Special Issue will publish revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the following four international conferences:

  • International Conference on Transpiration Information and Safety (ICTIS) 2015, special session on “Container Transportation: Resilience and Sustainability” organized by Wuhan University of Technology China and Liverpool John Moores University, UK, June 25th – 28th, 2015.
  • The Global Port Research Alliance (GPRA) 2015 Conference on “Port and Logistics Connectivity” organized by the Shipping Research Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 21-22 May 2015.
  • International Association of Maritime Economics Annual Conference (IAME) 2015 on “The Role of Maritime Clusters and Innovation in Shaping Future Global Trade” organized by Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, Malaysia, 24-26 August 2015.
  • The Asian Logistics Round Table (ALRT) 2015 Conference on “Maritime Logistics and Business Connectivity in Trans-Pacific Economic Region” organized by the Department of Business Administration of Soochow University, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2015.

We also strongly encourage researchers who are unable to participate in the conferences to submit papers to this Special Issue. For this special issue, authors are encouraged to use Elsevier’s online multimedia tools and submit supplementary materials such as simulation code and data, video, and Audio Slides along with their manuscripts. All submissions will go through the journal’s standard peer-review process. For guidelines to prepare your manuscript and for manuscript submission, please visit When submitting your manuscript, please choose “Container Transportation” for “Article Type”. This is to ensure that your submission will be considered for this special issue instead of being handled as a regular paper.

Please submit the Abstract to Professor Zaili Yang, at the e-mail address:

Important Dates
Submission website opens: September 1st, 2015
Deadline for submission of full paper online: November 1st, 2015
Notification of acceptance of full papers: May 1st, 2016
Final manuscripts due: July 1st, 2016
Planned publication: 2016