International Academic Conference on Shipping, Sustainability & Solutions

2nd - 3rd March 2023

Hamburg, Germany

International Academic Conference on Shipping, Sustainability & Solutions

2nd - 3rd March 2023

Hamburg, Germany

                   Operated by the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics at Kühne Logistics University (KLU)
                                                                               supported by the WASP project

The role of shipping in global supply chains and in promoting economic development is well established. Shipping and ports, however, generate also substantial negative social and environmental impacts. The increasing awareness of these impacts has resulted in an array of policy measures and industry initiatives and is often seen as one of the drivers behind new technologies. Following the adoption of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the commitment in the International Maritime Organization in 2018 to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping, and the increasing pressure on coastal cities and communities to limit the negative impacts of port activities, there is an increasing interest on how to transform the maritime industry as to account for its external effects.

An increasing number of scientific contributions can be categorized in the broader domain of sustainable shipping and ports and in the maritime academic community this is often intended to include a variety of topics, including: GHG emissions, global and national maritime policy, seafarers’ wellbeing, environmental costs, alternative forms of propulsion, gender issues, maritime zone protection. Notwithstanding the increase in academic and industry interest in these topics, important questions related to the role of sustainability in the shipping and port industries remain unanswered.
The urgency of some of the challenges faced by the maritime business and by society call for increasing attention from the research community to addressing some of the sustainability issues further. The complexity associated with transforming shipping in more sustainable business requires the application of existing and novel methodological approaches and the interaction among various disciplines, from engineering, to ecology, from social sciences, to psychology, to economics and management. In view of the above, the Kühne Logistics University (KLU) and its Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL) invite authors and practitioners to convene in Hamburg from the 2nd and 3rd of March 2023 for an International Academic Conference on Shipping, Sustainablity & Solutions (SSS).

The conference will offer the opportunity to discuss the necessary steps toward improving the sustainability profile of the maritime sector and contribute with qualitative and quantitative analyses to the assessment, modelling and estimation of environmental, social and economic aspects related to shipping and ports, with particular focus on management, operations, strategy, regulation, technologies and stakeholders. The conference will provide a forum for a debate on emerging sustainability issues in maritime supply chains.

The conference is supported by the Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP)  project which is funded by the Interreg North Sea Region program of the European regional Development Fund.


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Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP)

Internal WASP project meeting

12:00 - 13:00        Project partners meet at campus    
13:00 - 14:10        Internal project presentations    
14:10 - 14:30        Coffee break    
14:30 - 15:30        Internal project presentations    
15:30 - 15:50        Coffee break    
15:50 - 17:00        Discussion    
18:00 - 21:00        Dinner    


08:30 - 09:30        Registration  
09:30 - 10:30        Conference opening and keynote
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Barrot
    Kühne Logistics University
  • Gavin Allwright
    International Windship Association
  • Boris Herrmann & Cornelius Eich
    Boris Herrmann Racing - Team Malizia
10:30 - 11:00        Coffee break   
11:00 - 12:30        Parallel sessions A
  • Technical Developments and Performance of Maritime Innovations 
  • Sustainability Issues in Shipping Investments and Finance
12:30 - 14:00        Lunch  
14:00 - 15:30        Parallel sessions B
  • Maritime Technology and Environmental Innovation
  • Economic and Operational Aspects of Energy Efficiency in Shipping
15:30 - 16:00        Coffee break  
16:30 - 17:30        Parallel sessions C
  • Alternative Energy Sources in Maritime Business
  • Shipping Regulations & Compliance Requirements
18:00 - 21:00        Flying buffet and drinks in foyer  
08:30 - 09:00        Registration  
09:00 - 10:30        Parallel sessions D
  • Scenario modeling for Energy Saving Technologies
  • Maritime Safety & Security
10:30 - 11:00        Coffee break  
11:00 - 12:30        Parallel sessions E
  • Port Performance and Innovation
  • Blue Economy and Sustainable Supply Chains
12:30 - 13:30        Lunch  

13:30 - 15:00        Panel discussion

                             "Drivers and barriers to developing sustainability
                             in shipping"

  • Kåre Press-Kristensen
    Green Transition Denmark
  • Sönke Felix Diesener
    NABU e.V.
  • Prof. Dr. Orestis Schinas
  • Marko Möller
  • Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro
    Copenhagen Business School
15:00 - 15:30        Endnote
  • Gavin Allwright
    International Windship Association
  • Prof. Dr. Gordon Wilmsmeier
    Kühne Logistics University
16:00 - 18:00        Social activity (boat tour through the Port of Hamburg)  

Conference Registration

The registration fees include access to the conference venue and all academic sessions on all two days, coffee breaks, lunches, and welcome reception on March 2nd -3rd 2023:

Regular participants                                                                                                                                       EUR 95
Students                                                                                                                                                         EUR 35

Conference fees exclude accomodation, travel and any other activities not specified above.

Refund Policy:
The conference organizers will try to accommodate the needs of delegates as much as possible, but for organizational reasons we are obliged to limit refunds as the deadline of the conference approaches. Therefore, no refund will be provided for cancellations.

Important Dates

  • 16 December 2022      Abstract submission closing
  • 05 January 2023          Authors notified of acceptance
  • 05 February 2023        Extended abstract or full paper (optional) submission deadline
  • 01 March 2023            Registration deadline 
  • 02 - 03 March 2023     Conference takes place in Hamburg, Germany

Call for papers

The conference organizers welcome contributions focusing on, but not limited to:

  • Shipping and sustainable development goals
  • Energy management in shipping and port operations
  • Market-based measures for emission reduction
  • New green technologies
  • Wind-assisted ship propulsion
  • Alternative zero and low emission fuels
  • Circular economy issues in shipping and ports
  • Green finance
  • Ballast water management and biodiversity issues in shipping and ports
  • Social and human resources issues in shipping
  • Security and safety issues in the maritime industry
  • Ethics and compliance in shipping
  • Pricing mechanisms for sustainable shipping
  • Global and local regulatory instruments to advance more sustainable shipping practices
  • Managerial issues in promoting sustainability cultures in shipping
  • Environmental and social issues throughout the ship lifecycle
  • Applications of digitalization as a tool to reduce environmental and social impacts in shipping and ports
  • Automation in relations to social and environmental issues


All submissions for the conference will take place exclusively through the COMS paper management system.

Please register in the system or use your existing credentials to upload an extended abstract. We only accept submissions written in English. For extended abstracts to be included in the programme, at least one author needs to have registered by the 15th of February 2023.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Full papers should not exceed 6000 words from beginning to end, including authors’ names, title, abstract, references and appendixes. In case of large appendixes, please omit them and indicate that they are available upon request from the authors. They will not be part of the review process. Extended Abstracts should not exceed 1200 words (see template for details).

Further details on the formatting of the papers and extended abstracts are included in the template below and guidance will be provided during the submission process in the COMS paper management system.

Further information

Hamburg has a wide variety of hotels available for different budgets. The conference main location is Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg HafenCity. 

Agencies for a reservation:


Hotels around the KLU:
25h Hotel Hafencity

As the conference theme is sustainability, the organisers have made an effort to ensure that the impact of the environmental event is minimised.

To this end we would encourage attended to use the excellent public transport system of Hamburg that allows to reach the conference venue fast and cheaply.

To reach the KLU from Hamburg Airport, please use the S1 line to central station (Hauptbahnhof) then change to the U4 to stop Überseequartier. The journey would be about 35 minutes.

Hamburg offers various low carbon mobility options, from green taxies, to electric vehicles, car share, bike share and electric e-scooters.


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Lara Pomaska

PhD Candidate

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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