Optimal planning for container prestaging, discharging, and loading processes at seaport rail terminals with uncertainty

This paper considers the optimal planning problem for container prestaging and dynamic discharging/loading at seaport rail terminals subject to uncertainties. The authors formulate the problem into a stochastic dynamic programming model to minimise the total logistics cost. Four simplified strategies are proposed. Experiments based on a real case study are performed to compare the optimal strategy with four simplified strategies in terms of cost, computing time and practicality. Results show that the seaport can use prestaging to reduce the cost involved and that an appropriate discharging/loading plan can be created in response to different prestaging situations and uncertain scenarios.


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  • Accession Number: 01686505
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2018 10:05AM