Online Container Transport Planning with Decision Trees based on Offline Obtained Optimal Solutions

Hinterland networks for container transportation require planning methods in order to increase efficiency and reliability of the inland road, rail and waterway connections. Earlier proposed centralised methods can in theory find the optimal solution for the multimodal inland transportation problem in retrospect, but are not suitable when information becomes gradually available. Besides real-time up-to-date information on inland services necessary for applying these methods in practice is typically not available. In this paper the authors aim to derive online decision rules for suitable allocations of containers to inland services by analysing the solution structure of a centralised optimisation method used offline. The online decision support system (DSS) must be able to instantaneously allocate incoming orders to suitable services, without the need for continuous planning updates. Such a DSS is beneficial, as it is easier to implement in the current practice of container transportation than a fully automated planning system, while providing a better performance. A case study is used to show the method’s purpose and to compare the quality of the resulting plan with alternatives.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 50-60
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2014: Sustainable Development in Shipping and Transport Logistics

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  • Accession Number: 01542295
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 24 2014 9:32AM