This special issue aims to highlight recent research, developments and applications in the marine and sea affairs of the twenty-seven member countries of the European Union, and in related aspects of marine economics.
The Law of the Sea was published in 1973, adopted in 1982, ratified by sixty nations and has been in force since 16th November 1994. Under the terms of this law, coastal nations have exclusive rights to the economic exploitation of marine resources within two hundred nautical miles of their coast, in an area called the EEZ. This gave birth to a new science called ‘Marine Economics’, which is broader than, but includes, shipping and maritime economics (shipping, shipbuilding and ports).
This important extension of national limits produced new breakthroughs in the development of the natural wealth of the sea, in oil and gas fields, sea bed mining and renewable energy from the sea, but attention was also focused on the preservation of the marine environment. A key issue was to take economic lessons learned from the land, where land resources have been over-exploited and exhausted, and to apply them to the sea. Particularly in times of crisis, such as the energy crisis of 1973 and the present crisis in Libya, it has been clear that there are limits to growth.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- European logistics and transport (shipping, inland shipping/navigation, ports/canals, port-related industry, stevedores and warehouses); the European fleet; climate change and port/coastal land; surveys of the state of the art in gas pipeline transport and in oil flows in the Dardanelles/Bosphorus straits; pipelines in Turkey/Burgas/Alexandroupolis/Russia; prospects for Caspian oil flows
- European maritime clusters: review and past/future trends
- European shipbuilding (metal handling and working, marine equipment, machinery) compared with Far East competitors; stress on the European competitive advantage in specialised construction
- State of the art offshore energy in the North Sea and prospects elsewhere (e.g. Aegean Sea); gas and oil fields in Arctic/Russian territory; the future of European nuclear power after Japan
- Fishing (fish production and processing); European production
- Yachting (recreation); tourism industry; crisis patterns
- Dredging (construction); impact of climate change on rising sea levels
- Maritime support services; service industry; shipping-related companies
Optional submission of extended abstracts of no more than 500 words: 31 May, 2011
Manuscript submission: 31 August, 2011
Acceptance: 31 October, 2011
Revised final manuscript: 30 November, 2011