It is my great pleasure to present to you the 49th issue of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin. This issue contains the most current research findings from the fields of marine engineering, sea navigation and transport engineering. We have also included papers discussing the issue of mining safety, the use of new communication techniques as well as data mining models to predict ocean wave energy flux in the absence of wave recordings.
The Marine Technology and Innovation section features articles on marine hydromechanics, dual-fuel engines, and selected aspects of vessel automation.
The Transportation Engineering section contains articles on inland transportation, and experimental verification of the concept of using controlled pyrotechnic reactions as a source of energy as a part of the transport system from the seabed.
Leszek Chybowski, DSc PhD CRP
We are pleased to inform you that our quarterly has been indexed in the Global Impact Factor (GIF) database. Specialists from GIF evaluated our magazine by means of the Global Impact and Quality Factor, whose values for the last four years were: 2012 – 0.415; 2013 – 0.528; 2014 – 0.780; 2015 – 0.854. The factor shows an upward trend in terms of the publishing quality – in the last two years of our activity its value has grown by 61,7%.
It is our great pleasure to present the 47th issue of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin. This edition features the latest findings and research in the area of transport engineering, maritime navigation and marine engineering.
Articles in the Marine Technology and Innovation section include studies on the influence of marine power plant damage on the environment, fire safety, diagnostics of technical structures, using simulations to analyse the functioning of ship boilers as well as numerical analyses of the hydrodynamic characteristics of ducted propellers.
The Navigation and Maritime Transport section includes articles addressing the use of satellite navigation systems, dynamic optimisation of safe ship trajectory, state-of-the-art techniques and tools for processing navigation data as well as navigation in emission control area zones.
The section entitled Transportation Engineering includes studies addressing inland transport, benefits of using liquefied natural gas fuel in the urban transport, concepts on the protection of the internal market in road transport in European Union countries.
I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin has been listed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) in the Web of Science™ Core Collection, which was launched in 2015. This demonstrates that our activity in the arena of scientific publishing have been recognised by Thomson Reuters specialists. This is a great honour and an important mark of quality reflecting the efforts we have made to upgrade our quarterly journal. I wish to express my gratitude to the university authorities for their support as well as appreciation for the engagement of my colleagues, members of the scientific board and reviewers.
We strongly encourage authors to submit their articles and readers to provide feedback. In order to access the online version of this issue along with archived editions please visit our website http://scientific-journals. eu/.
Leszek Chybowski, DSc PhD CRP
I am pleased to inform that our quarterly has been indexed in a new database lunched in the year 2015 Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) in the Web of Science™ Core Collection of Thomson Reuters. We want to thank very much for this award and recognition of our commitment to continuous quality improvement of our quarterly.
We are confident that our presence in the ESCI will increase the international visibility and readership of the journal.
Leszek Chybowski DSc, PhD
We hereby inform, that the quarterly Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Morskiej w Szczecinie, Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin following Decision No. 790/P-DUN /2016 of 17 June 2016 received funding for the years from 2016 to 2017 from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland for the activities of promoting science.
The project includes the following tasks:
- Digitalization of 72 volumes of the Scientific Journals published between 1973-2003 and their distribution on the Open Access basis (task type: digitalization of publications and scientific monographs to provide and maintain access to them through the Internet).
- Translations and proofreading by a native speaker (task type: creating the English version of publications);
- Publications of foreign, distinguished scientists and their participation in the scientific board (task type: participation of foreign, distinguished scientists in the scientific board of the journal);
- Development of web-based editorial module for exchange of articles in the editor – author – reviewer system (task type: participation of foreign, distinguished scientists in the scientific board of the journal).
The tasks will be carried out in the period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.
This issue includes articles related to the problems of transportation safety (chemical cargo carriers, LNG transportation), the latest research in the field of design and operation of marine machinery (including condition assessment of mud pumps for drillships, design of submersible autonomous vehicles and advances in maritime measuring techniques), as well as state-of-the-art solutions for maritime communication, navigation data processing and maritime positioning systems for vessels (Automatic Identification Systems, radar systems, and the Global Navigation Satellite System). We have also included a particularly interesting article entitled “On navigation as a scientific discipline” which summarizes the existing achievements in the field of navigation and describes the potential to classify navigation as an independent scientific discipline.
The latest issue of the Journal features articles that should attract the attention of readers interested in a broad range of maritime-related topics. This includes articles devoted to ship hydrodynamics, the theory of control, legal issues associated with marine traffic, advanced communication tools, localisation and marine safety technologies as well as operation of port basins and coastal areas. This issue contains research findings on marine engineering, navigation and transportation engineering that utilise state-of-the-art tools such as advanced mathematical models, decision support systems and augmented reality. I consider that the interdisciplinary content and broad thematic scope will make this issue particularly attractive to our readership.
Finally, I strongly encourage authors to submit their manuscripts for consideration by the Journal. In order to access the electronic version of the latest issue and the archive of earlier issues please visit our website: http://journals.am.szczecin.pl.