I am very pleased to introduce the new 53(125) issue of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin. Another year of activity on the publishing market is behind us. In 2017, the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin published as many as 61 scientific papers: 15 in issue 49(121), 13 in issue 50(122), 14 in issue 51(123) and 19 in issue 52(124). The scientific articles published in 2017 were prepared by 105 authors (in total, without repetitions). The percentage of Polish researchers in this group was 77.1% out of 61 publications. Internationally, the greatest contribution was from academics affiliated to Croatian institutes – 6 authors (5.7% of the total number of authors) and Iranian institutes – 7 authors (6.6% of the total number of authors), followed by Germany – 4 authors, Australia – 3 authors, Sweden – 2 authors and Finland and the Netherlands – 1 author each.
The current issue of the journal includes recent findings on shipbuilding, water transport, navigation and marine traffic engineering. The introductory paper for this issue entitled “Predicting the shipping market by spreads of timecharter rates” has been prepared by Prof. Tsz Leung Yip – Deputy Director at the C.Y. Tung International Centre for Maritime Studies, lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a world-class specialist in logistics and marine transport. This article explores the predictability of spreads between long-term and short-term timecharter rates on spot freight rates. This publication has been financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland from the funds devoted to science-popularising activity: grant No. 790/P-DUN/2016. I hope that this material will prove informative to all readers interested in the issues of marine transport.
The Marine Technology and Innovation section includes papers on remote and unmanned navigation of vessels, equipment facilitating SAR actions as well as using state-of-the-art models in reliability analysis and ship design.
The section devoted to Navigation and Maritime Transport includes articles on exploitation aspects of using magnetic compasses, ship steering Nomoto model and ship traffic models application.
The Transport Engineering section is devoted to inland transportation and marine traffic engineering. Moreover, it discusses the quantitative analysis of the impact of fishing ships’ traffic streams on traffic streams of merchant vessels in the Polish maritime areas.
The section entitled Miscellaneous includes articles investigating the analysis of parameters influencing the suitability of the surface unit for search and rescue operation at sea as well as impact of Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on gas distribution and bunkering network in Poland.
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage authors from all over the world to publish their research in the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin. All readers are invited to visit our website, which now has a more intuitive layout. Under the http://scientific-journals.eu/ address it is possible to access the online version of the current issue as well as archival ones.
Assoc. Prof. Leszek Chybowski
Szczecin, 16 March 2018
In 2017 the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University in Szczecin published the total of 61 scientific articles, including:
- 15 in issue 49 (121),
- 13 in issue 50 (122),
- 14 in issue 51 (123),
- and 19 in 52 (124).
The articles published in 2017 were prepared in total by 105 authors (without repetitions). The share of Polish authors/co-authors in the above-mentioned group of papers is 77.1%, with 81 publications. The largest number of foreign publications were prepared by authors affiliating research centres from Croatia - 6 authors (5.7% share in the total number of authors) and Iran - 7 authors (6.6% share in the total number of authors). The distribution of the number of authors publishing in the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin in 2017, divided into an affiliated country, is presented in the chart below.
The editorial team encourages authors from all over the world to publish the results of their research on the pages of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin.
It is my great pleasure to introduce the latest 52(124) issue of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin. The current issue contains results of the latest research in marine engineering, sea navigation and transport engineering.
The introductory article entitled “Structural analysis for ships in arctic conditions” was prepared by Prof. Ehlers Sören – head of the Institute for Ship Structural Design and Analysis at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and adjunct professor at NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is an international expert in the field of sustainable Arctic Sea transport. This article summarises regulatory aspects of ship design for ice-covered waters, focusing on structural compliance and design ice-load determination. The publication was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland from funds for science popularising activities: grant No. 790/P-DUN/2016. I hope that this articles is informative to all readers interested in effective and safe navigation in the Arctic regions.
In the Marine Technology and Innovation section, we have included articles on the use of composite materials, computer simulations of deformations and tensions in the pipelines of hydraulic lifting systems and constraints in allocation of thrusters in DP simulator.
The Navigation section includes articles related to collision avoidance at sea and the use of logical devices to process the nautical data. In addition, this section addresses issues of planning autonomous passage of vessels, two-dimensional coordinate estimation and the analysis of the LNG tanker Al Nuaman’s speeds during its first voyage to the LNG terminal in Świnoujście (route sections Arkona–Świnoujście–Arkona).
The section devoted to Transportation Engineering includes articles on the use of graph theory in modeling transport networks and the definition of inland vessel position using a single stationary non-metric camera. Other topics included are the ability to test shipboard AIS instability and the inaccuracy on simulation devices, the radiooperator decision support system model and the helmet-mounted system of assisting a helicopter pilot during SAR operations.
In addition, the Miscellaneous section includes reviews on the achievements of component importance analysis for complex technical systems, GPS/GNSS Spoofing and a Real-Time Single-Antenna-Based Spoofing Detection System, a method for determining landslides risks using Digital Elevation Model (DEM) created by Unmanned Aerial Systems with hydrogeological data connection, and also an extended discussion on the susceptibility of the roll equation to the bifurcation phenomenon.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform our readers that the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin quarterly has been indexed in the Web of ScienceTM Core Collection Emerging Sources Citation Index Backfile (ESCI Backfile), which is an ESCI database archive in which our Scientific Journals were included last year (Chybowski, 2017). The ESCI Backfile archives list articles published in the period of 2005-2014. Another grand success of our quarterly is the third place in the “Top 25 Polish ESCI Journals by number of documents” rating with 727 indexed documents. It was announced in the proceedings of the November training conducted by the company Clarivate Analytics – the owner of the Web of ScienceTM platform (Kapczyński, 2017). In addition to the high and constantly upgraded quality of the journal, this success is due primarily to the accurate data structure as well as improved mechanisms used in the repository of scientific articles for online magazines developed in 2015 by the Maritime University in Szczecin. To access the online version of the current and archival issues of the journal (starting with the first issue published in 1973) please 6 Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin 52 (124) visit our website at http://scientific-journals.eu/. The digitisation and sharing archival versions of all publications was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland from the previously listed funds for science popularising activities.
Moreover, I would like to inform you that, in accordance with official information obtained from the Scientific Journals Assessment Unit of the Index Copernicus International dated 17 November 2017, the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University in Szczecin were assessed in terms of publication quality and received the result of 90.35 expressed by means of the ICV 2016 indicator (Index Copernicus International, 2017). For comparison, in the previous three years the ratings were respectively: in 2014 the ICV 2013 indicator = 6.16 (64.38 under the new methodology), in 2015 the ICV 2014 indicator = 7.76 (79.38 under the new methodology), in 2016 the ICV 2015 indicator = 87.49. So in the above-mentioned period the index has increased by 42.5%.
It should be emphasised at this point that the continuous improvement of the publication quality of our journal is a result of the hard work of the Editorial Board, members of the Scientific Committee and reviewers as well as the policies of the current and previous authorities of the University that have supported the development of the quarterly. I am deeply grateful to all the people involved. I strongly encourage the authors to submit their work and readers to provide us with your comments.
dr hab. inż. Leszek Chybowski,
Associate Professor, Editor-in-Chief,
Top 25 ESCI Polish Journals by number of documents(source: Kapczynski M., Emerging Sources Citation Index Backfile. Expanding the depth of your research. Claritive Analytics, 29 Nov 2017, p. 29)
Until 2014, articles published on the pages of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University in Szczecin (SJ) were indexed in bibliometric databases such as BazTech, EBSCO, Google Scholar and Index Copernicus. In recent months, the journal has been registered in new bases, which resulted from the inclusion of SJ in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) last October. This database is a part of the prestigious Web of Science platform.
The Web of Science platform, which now includes SJ, counts the citations of particular articles; it directly affects the bibliometric rating of other articles indexed previously in the database and quotability of individual scientists. Therefore, it is a huge opportunity for our authors to showcase the results of their research on an international forum and improve the quantitative indicators of scientific activity. For our journal, it is the opportunity to increase the number of citations and, consequently, move forward to implement the SJ quarterly to the Journal Citations Reports, JCR® .
In the current issue, we publish the results of the latest research from the fields of marine engineering, sea navigation and transport engineering. The introductory article entitled “Application of Root Conflict Analysis (RCA+) to Formulate Inventive Problems in Maritime Industry” has been prepared by TRIZ MASTER Valeri Souchkov – Vice President of the International TRIZ Association (MATRIZ), Founding Member and Information Manager of ETRIA (the European TRIZ Association) Executive Board, head of ICG Training & Consulting (Enschede, the Netherlands), lecturer of University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) and lecturer of TIAS Business School (Tilburg, the Netherlands). The paper focuses on the use of his original RCA+ method in the cause-and-effect analysis of the Estonia ferry catastrophe. The publication was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland from funds for activities popularising science: grant No. 790/P-DUN/2016. I hope that this material will prove to be fascinating to all readers interested in safety issues during marine transportation and using creative methods.
In the Marine Technology and Innovation section, we publish articles on the economic justification of the new approach to video-based smoke detection onboard ships as well as the use of heuristic and numerical methods in designing hulls of sea vessels.
The section devoted to navigation describes a method for ship’s safe trajectory determination and discusses selected legal aspects of investigating marine accidents in Poland.
The section entitled Transportation Engineering includes articles that relate to coastal transport, hinterland transport in service of the Ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście, economic aspects of exploiting ship systems and determining the floodable length of a bulk carrier.
In addition, this issue includes the Miscellaneous section, featuring papers on the design and modelling of exoskeleton torque sensor, diagnostic modelling, computer simulations in offshore mining, and a study of the effectiveness of the team of specialists and the occurrence of team roles according to Belbin’s theory.
To access the electronic version of the current issue and archival journals reaching back to the first publication in 1973, please visit our website: http://scientific-journals.eu/. The digitisation and access to archival issues was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland from the previously mentioned funds for activities popularising science.
We cordially invite authors to submit articles and readers to provide us with comments, which will help us improve the quality of the journal.
Leszek Chybowski, DSc PhD CRP
Leszek Chybowski, DSc PhD CRP