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:
CCAPPTIA MEMBERS FORM THE CORE EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE MARITIME ECONOMISTS
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:
CCAPPTIA MEMBER PART OF THE AMUNDSEN EXPEDITION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF OIL SPILLS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
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.eu). 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 ().
CCAPPTIA Members Publishes Book on Global Supply Chain Management
04 July 2019
CCAPPTIA members, Adolf K.Y. Ng and Yui-yip Lau, have published a book entitled Global Supply Chain Management (co-authored with J. Acevedo Alarid) which offers a comprehensive insight into the strategic, operational, and financial aspects of global supply chains. Two chapters (7 and 8) specifically discuss climate change in a global environment and sustainability in infrastructure-based supply chains. The book is part of the Anthem Studies in Supply Chain Management, Maritime Transport, and Logistics series. More details can be found here:
CCAPPTIA members presented research findings in international maritime conference
29 June 2019
CCAPPTIA members, Adolf K.Y. Ng, Mawuli Afenyo, Changmin Jiang, and Yui-yip Lau, have attended and presented two papers at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2019, held in Athens, Greece, 25-28 June 2018, entitled A Method for Assessing the Socio-Economic Impacts of Oil Spills in Arctic Area (Afenyo, Ng, and Jiang) and Identifying and Evaluating Adaptation Strategies for Cruising in the Arctic Region (Lau and Ng). Earlier, Ng attended the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) annual meeting held in the same place and delivered a presentation introducing CCAPPTIA to the maritime research community. IAME 2019 ( was attended by more than 300 participants from more than 35 countries and regions that specialized in the research and teaching of maritime economics and management, while PPRN (pprn.network) is an informal network of maritime economists interested in issues of port policy. The annual meeting in 2019 was attended by more than 60 researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.
CCAPPTIA Member won Best Paper Award for research on Arctic shipping
28 June 2019
A paper by CCAPPTIA members, Adolf K.Y. Ng, Xiaowen Fu, and Ying-en Ge, entitled “The environmental costs and economic implications of container shipping on the Northern Sea Route” (published in Volume 45 No 4, co-authored with Shengda Zhu and Meifeng Luo) has been selected by the Editorial Board of Maritime Policy & Management (MPM) as the best manuscript published in print by MPM in 2018. This award is in recognition of the growing success of MPM and is kindly sponsored by its publisher, Taylor, and Francis. Founded in 1973, MPM is the flagship journal of international shipping and port research ( “I am really glad to have won the MPM Best Paper Award”, said Ng, “this illustrates the quality of CCAPPTIA’s research works and the increasing importance of Arctic research in global shipping and trade”. The paper can be accessed here:
CCAPPTIA Member shared views on Arctic ports and infrastructures with European scholars and practitioners
20 June 2019
CCAPPTIA member, Adolf K.Y. Ng, was invited to share his views on the development of Arctic ports and infrastructures during the Academic Symposium on Arctic Shipping, hosted by the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping & Global Logistics (CSGL) at the Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg, Germany, 19 July 2019. During the symposium, Ng highlighted the challenges that the Arctic area is facing when developing ports and infrastructures and the possible ways to deal with such challenges. Importantly, Ng has highlighted the need not to overlook the socio-economic impacts of intensified Arctic shipping, including the indigenous population that inhabited in the northern communities. The event was attended by more than 70 researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, mostly from the European Union (EU) (
CCAPPTIA Member awarded Competitive Grants
17 June 2019
CCAPPTIA member, Adolf K.Y. Ng and collaborating with Dr. Luming Wang (University of Manitoba), has been awarded a grant of $52,000 from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through the Insight Development Grant program. This grant will be used to investigate how innovative technology (e.g., Virtual Reality) would affect the society’s psychological distance of climate change, which in turn affects its public engagement to climate change activities. The details of the project can be found here:
CCAPPTIA members presented research findings in international maritime conference
06 June 2019
CCAPTIA member Dr. Mawuli Afenyo attends 42nd AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response in Halifax from 4-6 June,2019. Dr. Mawuli Afenyo presented a paper on the topic Experimental Observations of Oil Encapsulation and Migration in Ice. The conference is organised by Environment and Climate Change Canada and brings together government representatives, scientists and students to address the issues of oil spills in the Arctic and many more. Mawuli’s presentation focused on understanding the behaviour of oil during freezing and subsequently the melting season. This information is key to contingency planning and response efforts. The information about AMOP can be found at The proceedings are also available by request from Environment Canada.
CCAPPTIA Members Published Scholarly Article on Institutions and Climate Adaptation Management
30 May 2019
CCAPPTIA members, Adolf K.Y. Ng and Jason Monios, have published an article, entitled "Climate adaptation management and institutional erosion” in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. The study performs an institutional analysis of the adaptation to climate change by ports. It reveals how, in the case of an unprecedented challenge like climate adaptation, relying on informal institutions with less agency can erode the strength of existing institutions in a form of negative institutional plasticity. In this case, emerging polycentric governance was unsuccessful, unable to construct clearly demarcated responsibilities due to impedance by the path dependence of the current federalist system. The latter works well for traditional infrastructure investments with a closed pool of stakeholders, but not for ports where multiple scales of embeddedness, both horizontally and vertically, produce a collective action problem with no mechanism for resolution. The paper can be downloaded freely here: