Flexible ship loading problem with transfer vehicle assignment and scheduling

This paper presents the flexible containership loading problem for seaport container terminals. The integrated management of loading operations, planning of the transport vehicles to use and their scheduling is what the authors define as the Flexible Ship Loading Problem (FSLP). The flexibility comes from a cooperative agreement between the terminal operator and the liner shipping company, specifying that the terminal has the right to decide which specific container to load for each slot obeying the class-based stowage plan received from the liner. The authors formulate a mathematical model for the problem. Then the authors present various modelling enhancements and a mathematical model to obtain strong lower bounds. The authors also propose a heuristic algorithm to solve the problem. It is shown that enhancements improve the performance of formulation significantly, and the heuristic efficiently generates high-quality solutions. Results also point out that substantial cost savings can be achieved by integrating the ship loading operations.


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  • Accession Number: 01670202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 10 2018 2:55PM