Title

Container Assignment and Yard Crane Deployment in a Contain Terminal: A Case Study

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

Vessels and seaports are an essential part of world trade and economy. Owing to soaring competition between the container terminals and pressure from shipping lines to shorten the vessel port stay, operations research techniques are continuously being developed to enhance terminal performance and efficiency. However, many of these studies only focus on a single area of the terminal operations, such as vehicle routing or berth planning. Although optimising the performance of each individual operation is fundamental to overall terminal efficiency, the interrelations between the various decisions should also be examined in detail as a decision taken in one area at an early stage may have a significant impact on downstream operations. The purpose of this paper is to develop a unified approach within which the container assignment and yard crane deployment problems arising within a given planning time horizon are considered simultaneously. We have developed a new mathematical formulation of the combined problem with the view to finding optimal container flows through the yard that minimise the overall storage and handling cost.

Discipline

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics | Business | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering | Transportation

Research Areas

Intelligent Systems and Decision Analytics

Publication

Maritime Economics and Logistics

Volume

10

First Page

90

Last Page

107

ISSN

1479-2931

Identifier

10.1057/palgrave.mel.9100193

Publisher

Palgrave

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.mel.9100193