With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that Sustainable Urban and Maritime Transport 2021 should not take place as scheduled, in Valencia, Spain, but take place as an online event instead.

The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Prof. Giorgio Passerini (Member of WIT Board of Directors) and the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, represented by Prof Stefano Ricci.

Urban and Maritime Transport 2021, originated from the merge of two successful conference series, Urban Transport and the Environment Conference and Urban Maritime Transport Conference.

The International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment has successfully been reconvened for 27 years, always attracting a wide international spread of delegates, well established as the premier event of its type. Meanwhile, the substantial growth of maritime shipping has resulted in large transported quantities around the world, creating a demand for innovative solutions for ports and fleets, well reflected by the success of the First International Conference on Maritime Transport, held in 2019.

The variety of topics covered by the papers presented at the conference reflected the complex interaction of the transport systems with their environment and the need to establish integrated strategies.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Prof. S. Ricci and Prof. G. Passerini who welcomed the delegates to the event.

Invited Presentations

There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:

  • “Reduction of gaseous emissions of ships: comparative overview of methods and technologies”
    by Prof S. Ricci, University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy

  • “Dry Port Network Model: Best Practices Overview in EU”
    by Prof. A. Pratelli, University of Pisa, Italy

  • “Road transport corridors to ecological transition in Spain”
    by Prof. J. L. Miralles I Garcia, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

  • “Cruise ships and urban mobility in Mediterranean Spain”
    by Dr A. Grindlay, University of Granada, Spain

  • “Impact of COVID-19 on shared mobility: a study of Bangalore”
    by Mrs Ghosh, Sky Group, India

  • “Case studies of sustainable urban mobility plans and measures implemented in the framework of the Sumport Project”
    by Prof. S. Basbas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were focused on the following topics:

  • Public transport system planning
  • Urban and marine policy governance
  • Planning, control and management
  • Accident analysis an investigation
  • Pollution and the protection of the marine environment
  • Transportation infrastructure development
  • Mobility and public spaces
  • Special Session organised by F. Russo and G. Musolino on “Structural factors for a third-generation port: the case study of Gioia Tauro”

Special Sessions

Prof. F. Russo and Dr G. Musolino, from the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy, organised a Special Session on “Structural factors for a third-generation port: the case study of Gioia Tauro”, which included 7 papers:

  • Structural factors for a third-generation port: current state, limits and weakness for Gioia Tauro in the regional transport plan
    by F. Russo & G. Chila

  • Structural factors for of a third-generation port: actions and measures for Gioia Tauro in the regional transport plan
    by F. Russo & G. Chila

  • Structural factors for a third-generation port: planning general logistics interventions in Gioia Tauro
    by G. Musolino & G. Chila

  • Structural factors for a third-generation port: planning interventions for agri-food logistics In Gioia Tauro
    by G. Musolino & M. R. Trecozzi

  • Structural factors for a third-generation port: planning interventions for mechanical logistics in Gioia Tauro 
    by G. Musolino, A. Cartisano & G. Fortugno

  • Structural factors for of a third-generation port: planning interventions for research and development in Gioia Tauro TENT-T node
    by F. Russo & C. Rindone

  • Structural factors for a third-generation port: between hinterland regeneration and smart town in Gioia Tauro
    by F. Russo, P. Panuccio & C. Rindone

Q&A Zoom Sessions

Conference delegates were invited to participate in two Q&A Live Zoom Sessions which took place on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June 2021. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and ask questions to authors about their papers.

Conference Publication

Accepted papers presented at this conference are published in Vol. 204 of the WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN 1743-3509). Papers included in this volume are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute (https://www.witpress.com/elibrary) from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

A few papers were selected for publication in the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration. This Journal covers all transportation modes and the general topic of transport systems, with particular emphasis on their integration and harmonisation. The continuous requirements for better transportation systems and the need for a healthier environment are topics covered by this Journal.

Closing of the Conference

We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.

We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series.

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