On the Feasibility of Speed Limits in Ocean Container Shipping

The maritime industry is witnessing an increasingly loud call to contribute to the global trend towards environmental sustainability and decarbonization. One possible policy measure is the use of speed limits to reduce harmful emissions from ocean shipping. While the idea of slowing down ships to obey speed limits might seem intuitive, one key distinguishing characteristic of container shipping is that it is designed to adhere to a fixed, typically weekly, sailing schedule. This paper contributes to the literature investigating the feasibility of speed limits by demonstrating that speed limits are not always feasible in container shipping because of the rigid scheduling requirement. Conditions under which speed limits would become infeasible are derived, illustrated, and discussed.


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  • Accession Number: 01887748
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2023 3:13PM