A conceptual model for oil port sustainability policy research – A case of Chinese ports
This Research focuses on the Chinese oil port governance issues. Due to the lack of oil port sustainability policy discussion in literature in comparison to other maritime port governance categories, this research aims to fill the research gap and focuses especially on the development of a sustainability policy framework for Chinese oil ports. In the existing work, scholars and experts mainly focused on container ports rather than oil ports due to the containerisation and globalisation, the most frequent discussed port policy themes are often linked with port classification, contingency theories, and pure environmental discussion, etc. In the meantime, studies regard to Chinese port policy are extremely few, even though there are arguments stating that there is a question mark on how strict are the Chinese oil ports following the port sustainability policies. Besides, there is also no generated oil port policy framework being made before for oil ports to follow. Therefore, Chinese oil port sustainability policy can be considered as an urgent issue to be addressed under the contemporary Chinese port governance field. This research aims to develop a holistic sustainability framework for Chinese oil ports. A conceptual model developed from this research has included identified measurement groups needing to be embraced in the prospective policy framework to improve the situation. The next step is to collect empirical data from the interview and survey respondents to gather experts’ opinion. Once completed, this research may fill the oil port policy research gap with a potential new emphasis for the Chinese oil port sustainability policy.