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Introduction.

In the Fall 2010 issue of the Transportation Journal, we published two articles that were presented at the third International Forum on Shipping, Ports, and Airports (IFSPA 2009). Jointly organized by the C. Y. Tung International Centre of Maritime Studies (CYT-ICMS) and the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies (LMS) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the third International Forum on Shipping, Ports, and Airports occurred on PolyU's main campus from May 24 to 27, 2009. IFSPA 2009 examined issues related to global maritime and aviation economics, policies, and management after the occurrence of the 2008 worldwide financial turmoil. The conference also provided a forum on how the industries should move forward to cope with challenges and opportunities ahead. Papers presented included basic, applied, and case study research in the field of maritime and aviation policy and management, as well as proposals for panel discussions. Five papers were selected for publication in the Transportation Journal, based on results from a double-blind reviewing process in addition to the review process to select papers for the conference. The two articles that were published in the Fall 2010 issue dealt with subjects related to the airline industry. In this issue of TJ we are publishing two more IFSPA papers. The focus of these articles is ocean ports.

In their article, Sanchez, Ng, and Garcia-Alonso investigate the major attributes in determining port attractiveness from the perspective of service providers. They compare their survey results with those of earlier surveys of service users (shipping lines). They give special attention to whether the perceptions of service providers and service users conflict with each other and also compare Asian and South American ports. Cheung and Yip analyze port production activities and city factors in port cities. The article uses the economic production equation to analyze the production of China's ports over the time period 1995-2007. This study seeks to identify the city factors that are critical in determining port growth and attempts to develop an empirical model in the macroeconomic perspective. Dr. Ling Zhu and Dr. Xiaowen Fu, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, served as the guest editors for the IFSPA papers.

While not presented at the IFSPA conference, the remaining articles and industry notes are related to the maritime industry. Lam, Chan, Cheng, and Wong analyze the specialized port function of bunkering, that is, supplying ships with fuel. They formulate a method for assessing the competitiveness of ports as bunkering hubs and include empirical studies of the ports of Singapore and Shanghai. Two "Industry Notes" articles also relate to the maritime industry. Wang, Su, and Ruamsook develop a round-trip cost model for road transportation that supports container movement to and from ports. Kendall, Boykin, and Heller provide an update on the law of general average in the maritime insurance sector and discuss the law of general average in relation to piracy. Finally, we end the journal with a book review by Ray Davis on Too Big to Fall: America's Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward.

Respectfully,

Evelyn Thomchick

Editor

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Date:Mar 22, 2011
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