Title

Evaluation of operational plans in container terminal yards using Discrete-Event Simulation

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-2008

Abstract

As the world container volumes are soaring, container terminals form a very important chain in the global transportation network. It is a generally accepted view that the modelling of the dynamic and stochastic nature of the container terminal systems using analytical or closed form models is a complicated process and the use of such models is very limited. Hence, this paper presents a simulation model for complete terminal operations which is developed and implemented with the view to validate/evaluate the operational results obtained from a new optimization model of the combined container assignment and yard crane deployment problem. The various aspects of the container terminal operations are modelled using discrete-event simulation. Computational results from the simulation model are reported for a UK container terminal using operational data.

Keywords

sea transport, optimization, simulation, decision support systems

Discipline

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

Research Areas

Intelligent Systems and Decision Analytics

Publication

OR Insight

Volume

21

Issue

4

First Page

10

Last Page

18

ISSN

0953-5543

Identifier

10.1057/ori.2008.16

Publisher

Palgrave

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ori.2008.16