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The Hong Kong Maritime Museum joins the CCAPPTIA Family

15 September 2023

CCAPPTIA is very glad to welcome the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) to the CCAPPTIA family as an institutional member, commencing from 15 September 2023.

HKMM is a vibrant, cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting and displaying objects that tell the story about trade and maritime in Hong Kong, a global maritime hub, and the Pearl River Delta. A non-profit registered charity founded in 2003 by members of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, it opened in September 2005 and relocated to its current home (the ‘Pier 8’ in Central, the downtown area of Hong Kong) in 2013.

‘Hong Kong is a globally famous maritime hub,’ said Adolf Ng, a Founding Director of CCAPPTIA, ‘and being the premier organization in the promotion of maritime history and knowledge, we are extremely proud to welcome HKMM to join the CCAPPTIA family. We are confident that the combined capacity would get maritime education and training to another level’.

CCAPPTIA has worked closely with HKMM in promoting maritime knowledge. In August 2023, they co-organized a conference on Arctic shipping and development in the contemporary world ( The admittance of HKMM as a CCAPPTIA member is expected to further consolidate the foundation in the promotion of maritime education and training to the maritime world and the general public.

You can find further details on the Hong Kong Maritime Museum here:

CCAPPTIA members publish research on the Northwest Passage’s socio-economic impacts

10 May 2023

CCAPPTIA members, Adolf K.Y. Ng, Mawuli Afenyo, and Roozbeh Panahi have published a paper in Marine Policy investigating the Northwest Passage (NWP)’s socio-economic impacts. The study employs novel approach to assessing the cost of container liner shipping through the NWP on northern local communities. Based on some representative communities, concerns of the residents of these Canadian Arctic regions were assessed. Two essential factors to the well-being of the community members—air pollution and oil spills—are considered in the model. With the analysis of the socio-economic impacts on local communities, the study would help guide governments on how to evaluate and calculate transit fees for transiting NWP. The study is imperative in supporting decision-making to shape Arctic policy.

CCAPPTIA Members Publish Study on the Advertising Formation on Adopting Alernative Fuel Vehicles

23 March 2023

CCAPPTIA members, Adolf KY Ng and Tina Ziting Xu, have published a paper on the impacts of advertising formation on adopting alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) in a competitive market, published in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

The study explores the pricing and advertising strategies of conventional vehicle and AFV retailers when considering different advertising formats, namely, informative and persuasive, within a competitive market. The authors compare the profits of the two competitive retailers to arrive at the optimal decisions, as well as the investment levels of advertising. In addition to the effectiveness of the two stated advertising strategies, we derive some practical and counterintuitive results where for instance, the optimal price of the AFV retailer is positively correlated with the utility of the two types of advertising. Additionally, investment advertising does not necessarily bring benefits to AFV retailers. This study offers both theoretical and practical contributions to the pricing and marketing of AFVs.

The paper can be accessible here:

CCAPPTIA Members developed resilience index for resilient Arctic Shipping

09 April 2022

CCAPPTIA members, Roozbeh Panahi, Mawuli Afenyo, and Adolf K.Y. Ng, have published a paper entitled “Developing a resilience index for safer and more resilient Arctic shipping” in Maritime Policy & Management. In this study, they develop a resilience index using the Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process, upon which the relative importance and the level of satisfaction of resilience builders were investigated. The findings indicate that factors that rank high on importance are, in many cases, not that high on satisfaction. This presents dilemmas regarding the effectiveness of the current practices in promoting safe and resilient Arctic shipping management practices.

The paper can be accessed here:

The 2nd CCAPPTIA conference took place on 28-30 June 2021.

24 July 2021

The 2nd CCAPPTIA conference took place on 28-30 June 2021. Themed as Adaptation and Resilience of Transport and Logistics in the Post-Pandemic World that featured 27 speakers and 101 participants coming from five continents, the conference strives to offer important insight on how policymakers, practitioners, and scholars can work together to solve contemporary challenging problems in (maritime) transport and logistics. Articles include key issues that range from how the maritime sector restructures due to the Covid-19 pandemic to the state-of-the-art methodologies in tackling Arctic shipping risks. I sincerely wish that you will find this issue interesting and inspirational. The details of the conference, including free videos on the presentations, can be found here:

CCAPPTIA founders have developed a new methodology for assessing the economic impact of an oil spill in the Arctic.

23 July 2021

CCAPPTIA MEMBERS' study supply chain under pandemic

21 March 2020

It is a research project ($258,900) funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in tackling the challenges of COVID-19. There is a serious scarcity of knowledge on how the logistical system can adapt to COVID-19 pandemic and thus an urgency to investigate whether epidemic logistical planning approach is appropriate. By focusing on Covid-19, the goal of this project is to develop effective logistical strategies and solutions to tackle the social impacts caused by sudden, large-scale epidemic outbreak so as to enhance the resilience of cities, countries, and societies. It strives to achieve five key objectives: 1) to investigate how individuals and societies with difference characteristics (e.g., age, jobs) perceive and react to the social impacts of and logistical strategy in tackling Covid-19, 2) to identify attributes that can catalyze information sharing and coordination between cities and countries in epidemic logistical planning, 3) to identify ways that can facilitate the transfer of strategies and solutions to cities and countries under diversified geographical and cultural contexts, especially those with relatively weak health systems, 4) to investigate how governments plan and respond to the different logistical needs of society in the outburst of a sudden, large-scale epidemic at different stages; and 5) to develop strategies, solutions, and a supporting framework to governments and societies to mitigate the rapid spread of Covid-19 in terms of logistical service control, especially for vulnerable groups and areas. By improving the logistical response and planning, we strongly believe that this project will secure healthier and more secure societies in Canada, China, and around the world. News can be found here:

CCAPPTIA member shared his views on COVID-19 and global supply chains with RTHK

29 July 2020

CCAPPTIA member, Adolf Ng, was invited by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) to share his views on COVID-19 and global supply chains in RTHK’s program “Turning the Wave under COVID-19” (疫轉世界). In the program, he argues on the importance of developing new supply chain solutions in the post-pandemic world, while he also highlights labor as an issue that has often been overlooked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can listen to the whole program here (in Cantonese):

CCAPPTIA founders develop a new methodology for assessing extreme weather events in the Arctic

09 July 2020

Supported by Research Manitoba, CCAPPTIA(, Amundsen Science, and GENICE Project, Dr. Roozbeh Panahi, Adolf Ng and Mawuli Afenyo have published a paper regarding new method for measuring risk associated with extreme weather events during Arctic shipping in Accident Analysis and Prevention, volume 144. Data gathering was started onboard the Canadian Ice breaker Amundsen which undertook a scientific voyage through the North West Passage. Dr. Mawuli Afenyo was on board the ship and says “ it is rewarding to see this study published in a good journal”. The methodology is very critical to the shipping industry as well as the insurance industry for prioritizing risks associated with shipping in the Arctic region and taking necessary actions. The model can be applied to any risk factor.
You can assess the publication at and the tittle of the article is “A novel approach in probabilistic quantification of risks within the context of maritime supply Chain: The case of extreme weather events in the Arctic”

CCAPPTIA Members published new paper on Air and Rail Connectivity in China

07 July 2020

CCAPPTIA members, Changmin Jiang and Adolf Ng, have published a new paper in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice investigating city-cluster transport connectivity patterns in China. The study shows that improved intra-city-cluster rail connectivity deteriorates the air-connectivity disparity within the city cluster, which occurs because the city benefits more from the upgraded air-high speed rail intermodal connectivity because it can attract air passengers from neighboring non-center cities. Relevant policy implications and suggestions are also discussed.

The paper can be accessible at:

CCAPPTIA members published review paper on climate adaptation planning for ports

12 June 2020

CCAPPTIA members, Roozbeh Panahi and Adolf K.Y. Ng, have published a paper entitled Climate Change and Transportation Adaptation: A Complex of Lingering Research Gaps and Uncertainties in the Port Industry. With semantic analyses, they extract material words and expressions of identified articles related to port’s climate adaptation planning in the past two decades. The findings suggest that future research should claim adaptation leadership by a quick paradigm shift, to support timely decisions. It is time to move ahead, focusing more on adaptation actions and approaches to bridge adaptation gaps.

CCAPPTIA Member shared his view with CTV on supply chains and food shortage under the COVID-19 pandemic

22 April 2020

Adolf Ng shared his view with CTV Television Network on the shutdown of Cargill, a major cattle processing plant that supplies about one-third of Canada’s beef, including its impacts on food shortage under the COVID-19 pandemic. He highlighted the issue of the overlapping connections among supply chain stakeholders -- how one can easily affect others.

You can see his interview here (from 33rd minute):

2nd CCAPPTIA Conference postponed

06 March 2020

In the light of the concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID 19) and in the interests of health and safety, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the 2nd CCAPPTIA Conference until further notice. We will be in contact again in respect of any new tentative dates for the meeting as and when this information becomes available

CCAPPTIA member was interviewed by Global News

05 February 2020

CCAPPTIA member, Changmin Jiang, was interviewed by Global News on Feb 5, 2020, about his opinions regarding the consequences of unruly passengers causing airplanes to divert. Jiang stated that the costs of airlines, airports and passengers associated with such events could be very substantial. The news clip can be found in the following link: An article about this interview is available at:


18 December 2019

CCAPPTIA Members, Adolf K.Y. Ng, Yui-yip Lau, Mawuli Afenyo, Roozbeh Panahi, Yufeng Lin, and Ziaul H. Munim will form the core editorial team for the new series of The Maritime Economist (ME-MAG) to be launched in January 2020. Being the official magazine of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) (, ME-MAG aims to create an active platform for merging academic studies with practice. It encourages IAME members to express their studies in plain language in line with the interests of policymakers and practitioners in the maritime industry. Also, it encourages experts in the maritime industry to share knowledge and experiences about emerging topics, challenging issues, and rising problems. ‘We are very delighted to edit and contribute to ME-MAG and IAME’, said Adolf K.Y. Ng, ‘hopefully, our hard works will significantly contribute to high quality research and better industrial practices in the maritime industry’. Further details of ME-MAG can be found here:

CCAPPTIA Founding Member wins Best Paper Award

15 Nov 2019

CCAPPTIA founding members, Mawuli Afenyo, Adolf K.Y. Ng, and Changmin Jiang have won the highly coveted KLU Young Researcher Best Paper Award for 2019. The award is given to the best paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2019 ( whose main author is not more than 35 years old. The paper is entitled “A method for assessing the socio-economic impact of oil spills in Arctic waters”. The authors are very grateful to the support from KLU, IAME, and the GENICE Project (

CCAPPTIA Member appointed to Research Manitoba’s Advisory Board

17 September 2019

CCAPPTIA member, Adolf K.Y. Ng, has been appointed as a member of Research Manitoba’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC). In this capacity, he will participate in providing and making recommendations to the Board of Directors on all research-related matters, including administration of existing programs and opportunities, development of new programs, and research initiatives. Research Manitoba is a provincial funding agency in Manitoba, Canada, which provides funds for research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba through a number of grants and awards programs from moneys received from the Province. Further details can be found here:


10 September 2019

CCAPPTIA Founding Member, Dr. Mawuli Afenyo, was part of the research expedition onboard the Amundsen, the flagship Canadian research ship through the Northwest Passage. This year’s expedition saw the Amundsen reaching the most northerly part of the Arctic. The expedition afforded Dr. Mawuli the opportunity to conduct both a qualitative and quantitative study to address oil spills and climate change-related problems. Interacting firsthand with the crew of the Arctic-going ship and some rights holders were key to these studies. On their part, the crew shared their experience and insight on navigation in such a difficult terrain, impact on climate change and how to adapt and develop resilient systems.

CCAPPTIA partners with PortEconomics

31 August 2019

We are pleased to announce that CCAPPTIA has partnered with PortEconomics ( PortEconomics aims to generate knowledge about ports. It is developed and empowered by the members of the PortEconomics group, that are actively involved in academic and contract research in port economics, management, and policy, including CCAPPTIA members Adolf K.Y. Ng, Thanos Pallis, Jason Monios, and Gordon Wilmsmeier. We are looking forward to develop a successful collaborative relationship with PortEconomics in promoting knowledge related to sustainable port studies.

CCAPPTIA Members help Climate Bonds Initiatives to Develop Adaptation & Resilience Guidelines for Shipping

12 July 2019

CCAPPTIA Members, Adolf K.Y. Ng, Mawuli Afenyo, and Roozbeh Panahi, are invited by Climate Bonds Initiatives (CBI) to develop Adaptation & Resilience (A&R) guidelines for shipping. The A&R guidelines will be used by CBI to give certification to ship investors who wish to issue bonds for raising funds to build ships that are resilient to the impacts of climate change. “I am really grateful to be involved in this important project”, said Ng, “It illustrates that our research in climate A&R is highly appreciated by practitioners” Climate Bonds Initiative is an international organization working solely to mobilize the largest capital market of all, the $100 trillion bond market, for climate change solutions (

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