Title

Analysis of a New Vehicle Scheduling and Location Problem

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

We consider a container terminal discharging containers from a ship and locating them in the terminal yard. Each container has a number of potential locations in the yard where it can be stored. Containers are moved from the ship to the yard using a fleet of vehicles, each of which can carry one container at a time. The problem is to assign each container to a yard location and dispatch vehicles to the containers so as to minimize the time it takes to download all the containers from the ship. We show that the problem is NP-hard and develop a heuristic algorithm based on formulating the problem as an assignment problem. The effectiveness of the heuristic is analyzed from both worst-case and computational points of view.

Discipline

Computer Sciences | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering | Transportation

Research Areas

Information Systems and Management

Publication

Naval Research Logistics

Volume

48

Issue

5

First Page

363

Last Page

385

ISSN

0894-069X

Identifier

10.1002/nav.1024

Publisher

Wiley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nav.1024