Network Types and Structures in the Danish Maritime Industry: A study of the upcoming SOx regulations in the SECA

Steffen Lervad

Student thesis: Master thesis


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided in 2008 on a progressive reduction in airborne sulfur oxides (SOx) emissions from ships. Hence, new legislations entered into force in July 2010 with SOx limitation of 1.00% in selected Emission Control Areas. These regulations are further reduced to 0.10% from 2015 and ship-owners only sailing inside the SOx Emission Control Areas predict significant challenges as the costs for low content sulfur fuel or abatement technologies are extremely expensive. Consequently, ship-owners are exploring various options and strategies. This study addresses how networks can facilitate the short sea ship-owners in compliance with these regulations, hence combining the specific SOx challenge with the network literature. Thus, the research objective is to extent the knowledge and usability of various types of networks in the maritime industry, by drawing connections between network literature and practical studies. Networks are argued systems for innovation and an approach for firms to obtain complementary assets. Thus, ship-owners ability to establish strong networks and access to external resources may support compliance with the upcoming SOx legislation. The study identified sixth various ideal types of networks that facilitated the short sea ship-owners. In particular, horizontal network through quasi-integration and standardization are analyzed to encompass several compliance opportunities. In addition, the study contributes to extension of network theories and as a starting point for extensional esearch.

EducationsMSc in Management of Innovation and Business Development, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2013
Number of pages124