With the increasing overseas demand for Malaysia's Palm Oil, a more efficient and reliable system of transportation has to be developed. In this thesis, the palm oil transportation system consists of parcel tankers, bulking installations and barges as feeder vessels at the ports in Malaysia (or homeports). The feeder vessels as an alternative form of transportation can reduce both the amount of time spent and the storage facilities required at the homeports (parcel tanker has only to call at one port). Its effectiveness is evaluated against the conventional method of carriage whereby the parcel tanker has to call at multiple ports. A computer program is developed to simulate the transportation of palm oil. Each input to the program produces an optimum fleet of parcel tankers, optimum selection of storage facilities and exhibit the cost-effectiveness of feeder vessels versus the conventional method of carriage at the homeports. A series of fleet sizes are simulated and from the results, the optimal size is selected for the most economical transportation system for a given set of overseas demands.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Teh, W C
  • Publication Date: 1975-12

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  • Accession Number: 00131213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM