Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

8-2009

Abstract

Most container terminals in the world today are operating up to their capacities. In this paper, we have developed a decision support system to optimise yard operations by considering all container flows (import, export and transshipment) through the yard with the view to improving the terminal performance and efficiency. In another paper, we proposed an optimisation model that determines optimal container locations and straddle carrier (SC) movements with the objective of minimising the overall storage and handling cost of containers. In this paper, a discrete event simulation tool for container terminal operations has been developed with three objectives: (i) to validate the operational plan resulting from the optimisation model, (ii) to test the robustness of possible deployment policies for straddle carriers and (iii) to analyse yard resource requirements for future terminal expansion. The model has been applied to the largest container terminal in Greece - the Port of Piraeus and computational results are reported for the case study.

Keywords

discrete event simulation, container terminal, case study, straddle carrier deployment, container assignment

Discipline

Computer Sciences | Management Information Systems | Transportation

Research Areas

Intelligent Systems and Decision Analytics

Publication

Maritime Policy and Management

Volume

36

Issue

4

First Page

353

Last Page

366

ISSN

0308-8839

Identifier

10.1080/03088830903056991

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1080/03088830903056991

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