Title

Analysis of intermodal freight from China to Indian Ocean: A goal programming approach

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-2011

Abstract

This paper presents an intermodal network optimization model to examine the competitiveness of 36 alternative routings for freight moving from China to and beyond Indian Ocean. The proposed model, which is built upon the principles of goal programming, is able to handle multiple and conflicting objective functions such as minimizing transportation cost, transit time and transit time variability while ensuring flow continuity and transit nodes compatibility among the rail, road, ocean vessel, airplane and inland waterway transports. Transportation time and cost obtained from comprehensive industry sources are then fed into the intermodal transport network connecting two important Chinese origins and four Indian destinations, from which the most attractive routes are identified. In addition, the paper investigates several non-dominated transportation cases through sensitivity analysis tests, and analyzes the potential competitiveness and possible influences of future route developments to current transportation patterns in Asia.

Keywords

Intermodal transportation, Goal programming, Routing between China and Indian Ocean, Route competitions and developments

Discipline

Asian Studies | Operations and Supply Chain Management | Transportation

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

Journal of Transport Geography

Volume

19

Issue

4

First Page

515

Last Page

527

ISSN

0966-6923

Identifier

10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2010.05.007

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2010.05.007