Publication Type

Master Thesis

Publication Date



We introduce simple rules for quay cranes to handle containers along a berth where vessels arrive continuously in time. We first analyze a model where workload is continuous. Our analysis shows that if the system is configured properly, it will always converge to a state with the maximum possible throughput regardless of external disruptions or changes in workload. Numerical simulations based on a discrete workload model suggest that, by following the same rules, the system can still converge to state with throughput that is very close to its upper bound.


quay crane scheduling, container terminals, bucket brigades, self-organising systems

Degree Awarded

MSc in Operations Management


Operations and Supply Chain Management


LIM, Yun Fong

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