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.
In 2015 we published issues 41 - 44. Totally we published 74 papers, i.e. in issue no. 41 - 12 papers, no. 42 - 18 papers, no. 43 - 15 papers and in no. 44 - 29 papers. The number of the authors in each issue (excluding authors repeated in a given issue) was 166, inc. 85 from countries other than Poland. Below you can see the number of papers in given sections and the total number of authors divided into the country of affiliation.
We are pleased to inform that on 08 January 2016 quarterly Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Morskiej w Szczecinie was indexed by a prestigious DOAJ database (Directory of Open Access Journals), which lists magazines publishig in the open access system. We would like to remind that all papers published by our quarterly are distributed on the Internet on the open access basis according to Creative Commons attribution license (CC BY 4.0). More information at DOAJ database website.
We would like to inform that quartely Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Morskiej w Szczecinie obtained 8 points in the scientific magazines ranking for 2015 of the Polish Ministry of Science. List of 23 December 2015 (database B, pos. 2105).
The section on marine engineering contains original manuscripts on the analysis of modern vessel propulsion systems, research on single polymer polyester composites, new marine machinery solutions (improved accuracy of heeling angle measurement and steering gear performance) and selected topics within the field of ship design and thermal diagnostics.
The navigation section contains articles on global navigations satellite systems and radar technology on merchant ships, optimization of sea routes, approximating container ship resistance characteristics, navigational equipment in the Northern Sea Route and safety issues on passenger vessels in the Baltic Sea.
The transportation engineering section contains articles on improving the effectiveness and safety during transport, at ports and supply systems. Additionally, this issue also features articles examining the cause and effect analysis of ship fires, new radar systems on the Polish coast, crisis situation management and aspects of quality assessment.
I warmly encourage all the readers to send us their thoughts and opinions on this issue. I also invite researchers to submit papers to be considered for publication by the Journal. In order to access the electronic version of this and previous issues please visit http://scientific-journals.eu/.
Leszek Chybowski, PhD, CRP
Readers who wish to send us any comments and suggestions concerning the development of our journal are welcome to do so any time. Authors are invited to submit original studies on a broad range of maritime-related topics. To access the electronic version of the current and back issues please visit the journals website available at http://scientific-journals.eu/.
Leszek Chybowski, PhD, CRP Jakub Montewka, DSc
Editor-in-Chief Guest Editor
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