Port Structures, Maritime Transport and Tourism

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Oceans and Coastal Zones".

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Faculty of Exact Sciences and Engineering (FCEE), Department of Civil Engineering and Geology (DECG), University of Madeira (UMa), 9000-082 Funchal, Portugal
Interests: civil engineering; ports and coasts engineering; hydraulics; urban hydraulics; hydrology, water resources and environment; sustainable urban planning; geoinformatics (GIS); land management; tourism
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Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
Interests: cross-border cooperation (CBC); environmental impact assessment; international cooperation; landscape architecture; regional planning; spatial planning and territorial governance; strategic and common planning; sustainable tourism; urban and city planning
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Dear Colleagues,

It is intended to address the relationship between port structures, maritime transport and tourism, in a global and local perspective, that is, world, national, as well as regional situations can be portrayed.

The execution of port structures is a matter of great interest for the professional life of a civil engineer, as it is a multidisciplinary area, which combines diverse knowledge in the areas of port equipment, meteorology, hydrology and hydraulics in general, geotechnics, structures and topography, in addition to the general problems common to planning works of this type, because they are subject to the dynamics of the tides and swells, requiring the contemplation of innumerable variables. In addition to their specific importance in the local and national economy, they all involve territorial, as well as maritime, planning management, as they are directly related to the commercial and tourist routes.

Maritime transport is the one that uses open seas as a means of passage for the transport of goods and passengers. The evolution of this is directly related to the port structures, but also to the evolution of the main dimensions of the ships and the implications arising therefrom, at different levels, namely, the increase in operational and safety requirements, the associated regulations, as well as the impacts associated with this relationship.

Tourism emerges as an economic activity and the need to identify it is beginning to be felt in order to help its understanding and characterization, that is, to define it. It is practically linked to almost all sectors of human social activity, hence the need to portray its evolution and typology.

After the exposed in the light of the bibliographic evolution resulting from the treatment related to the three major topics, port structures, maritime transport and tourism, it makes sense to jointly analyze them, in a global, national, as well as regional evolutionary perspective.

Dr. Sérgio Lousada
Dr. Rui Castanho
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • construction and design
  • coastal management
  • distribution logistics and routes
  • maintenance and operation
  • sustainable planning
  • sustainable development
  • transport and mobility
  • urban and rural tourism
  • pleasure and rest tourism
  • cultural tourism

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Port Structures, Maritime Transport, and Tourism
Water 2023, 15(22), 3898; https://doi.org/10.3390/w15223898 - 08 Nov 2023
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The primary objective of this Special Issue of Water is to explore the interesting interplay that exists between port structures, maritime transport, and tourism [...] Full article
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A Comparative Analysis of Seaports in Terms of the Development of Maritime Tourism in the Area of the Baltic Sea
Water 2023, 15(21), 3721; https://doi.org/10.3390/w15213721 - 25 Oct 2023
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This study examines maritime tourism in the Baltic Sea region. The first part presents basic information related to the maritime tourism market, along with the key aspects and effects that the maritime tourism market has on the regions where it takes place. The [...] Read more.
This study examines maritime tourism in the Baltic Sea region. The first part presents basic information related to the maritime tourism market, along with the key aspects and effects that the maritime tourism market has on the regions where it takes place. The next part concerns the Baltic Sea. The location and characteristics of the Baltic Sea are briefly presented. Passenger shipping connections between Baltic ports are described. The last part is devoted to the analysis of statistical data in the Baltic Sea region, focusing on passenger exchange in selected ports and in the entire Baltic Sea over the years. Finally, the potential directions of the development of maritime tourism in the Baltic Sea are characterized. Full article
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Hydraulic Planning in Insular Urban Territories: The Case of Madeira Island—Ribeira Brava, Tabua
Water 2023, 15(14), 2609; https://doi.org/10.3390/w15142609 - 18 Jul 2023
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This study’s primary goal was to conduct an analysis of the flood propensity of the Tabua (Ribeira Brava) drainage basin’s main watercourse. In addition to that, this study also recommends two different methodologies in order to mitigate flood impacts, namely by dimensioning a [...] Read more.
This study’s primary goal was to conduct an analysis of the flood propensity of the Tabua (Ribeira Brava) drainage basin’s main watercourse. In addition to that, this study also recommends two different methodologies in order to mitigate flood impacts, namely by dimensioning a detention basin and adjusting the riverbed roughness coefficient. Regarding the study on the flood propensity, it was necessary to resort to geomorphological data, which were obtained when characterizing the watershed; these data were crucial to determining the expected peak flow rate, according to the Gumbel distribution methodology and considering a 100-year return period, and to perform necessary tasks in the SIG ArcGIS 10.5 software. Lastly, the drainage capacity of this drainage basin’s river mouth was also analyzed in order to conclude whether it would have the capacity to drain the total volume of rainwater if an extreme flood event were to happen. Indeed, the main results show that this watershed’s river mouth does not have the necessary drainage capacity to cope with an extreme event for the return period that was considered. As a consequence, the two aforementioned mitigation measures were developed considering the Tabua (Ribeira Brava) drainage basin’s specific features. The size of the detention basin was estimated through the Dutch method and the simplified triangular hydrograph method, while the adjustment of the roughness coefficient was considered a valid solution to enhance the drainage capacity of this river mouth. Full article
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The Role of the Andalusian Institute for Agrarian Reform (IARA) in Irrigation Expansion: The Case of the Chanza Irrigation Project (Huelva, Spain)
Water 2022, 14(18), 2931; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182931 - 19 Sep 2022
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In the last two decades of the 20th century, irrigation in Andalusia experienced a historic expansion as a result of the transfer of political powers from the State to regional authorities and, thanks to its application in Andalusia, to pass, among other measures, [...] Read more.
In the last two decades of the 20th century, irrigation in Andalusia experienced a historic expansion as a result of the transfer of political powers from the State to regional authorities and, thanks to its application in Andalusia, to pass, among other measures, an agrarian reform bill and the subsequent development of new irrigation infrastructures. Against this background, our objective was to determine the role of the body responsible for implementing agrarian reform, i.e., the Institute for Agrarian Reform (Instituto Andaluz de Reforma Agraria, IARA), by converting drylands into irrigation lands, with a special focus on one of the region’s most vibrant agro-economically transformed areas: the irrigable area of the River Chanza (the west coast of the province of Huelva). To conduct the study, we have applied the historical method and content analysis to technical, legal and agro-statistical documentation from the entire active period of the IARA (1984–2011). The results highlight the leading role played by the IARA in extending irrigation land in agrarian-reform priority areas, as well as in developing irrigation infrastructures in the areas that the State defined as strategic in Andalusia, such as the 17,200 hectares of irrigated land of the Chanza Irrigation Project. We conclude that the radical agro-productive transformation of the coast of Huelva in recent decades is mainly due to the availability of water for irrigation, which the IARA was primarily responsible for planning and executing. Full article
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Inland Navigation as an Opportunity to Increase the Cargo Capacity of the Tri-City Seaports
Water 2022, 14(16), 2482; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14162482 - 12 Aug 2022
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The aim of the article is to analyse the transport accessibility of the Tri-City seaports as well as to verify the necessity of starting the inland navigation. The proposal to develop inland navigation by creating new and developing existing waterways is supported by [...] Read more.
The aim of the article is to analyse the transport accessibility of the Tri-City seaports as well as to verify the necessity of starting the inland navigation. The proposal to develop inland navigation by creating new and developing existing waterways is supported by the idea of sustainable transport, which emphasizes how important it is to improve the efficiency of transport work and to minimize the harmful impact of transport on the environment. The purpose of the study is to determine the capability to increase the cargo capacity of the Port of Gdansk and the Port of Gdynia. The article presents the results of the operational analysis from the navigation and manoeuvring simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 5000, where scenarios that the barge from Tri-City seaports reaches the planned dry port in Zajączkowo Tczewskie have been made. This concept intends to verify the option of relieving truck traffic in the Tri-City area. Full article
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Exploring Cruise Tourists’ Preferences and Satisfaction: The Case of Taiwan
Water 2021, 13(22), 3183; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223183 - 11 Nov 2021
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In this study, the product attributes of cruise tours are distinguished into on-board activities, leisure space, cabin comfort, Michelin restaurant, and refund mechanism, and the multi-attribute utility model of cruise tours is constructed using the choice experiment (CE) method. Of the 575 questionnaires [...] Read more.
In this study, the product attributes of cruise tours are distinguished into on-board activities, leisure space, cabin comfort, Michelin restaurant, and refund mechanism, and the multi-attribute utility model of cruise tours is constructed using the choice experiment (CE) method. Of the 575 questionnaires distributed, 439 were valid, with an effective recovery rate of 76.3%. The results revealed the following: (1) when cruisers travel, what they value the most is the quality of service on board, followed by the facilities on board; (2) passengers’ preferences for comfortable pool space and more activities on board are negatively significant, indicating that they do not prefer to add these amenities and experiences to the cruise ship; (3) passengers are willing to pay extra to upgrade the interior cabin to one with a view and to experience the Michelin restaurant; and (4) influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, cruisers are more willing to manage their own health. Moreover, the pandemic does not reduce their willingness to travel by cruise. Full article
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