This study is a part of a project that aims at decreasing the costs associated with cargo carrying equipment by using it in the most efficient way. In this report management of container transportation systems is studied from the shipping company's point of view. The influence of freight conferences is briefly discussed and the structure of costs and revenues for regional transports is described. It is found that empty fleet management is an important issue. The transport system is analysed using three different kinds of models representing three management perspectives; A reference model represents the transport system and its interaction with the environment; The structure of the transport system is described using a space-time network model; and process models represent the transport process and its subprocesses. Important aspects of system design and steering are highlighted. A principle for deriving relevant measures of performance is proposed. Appraising the profitability of a loaded transport is complicated since a certain amount of the cost for empty transports or storing might be incurred by the loaded transport. A method is proposed for allocating the costs for empties to the loaded transport. Case studies of container management are presented. The studies show that there is potential for improvement. (A)

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    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

    Institutionen foer Transportteknik
    S-402 20 Gothenburg,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • HULTEN, L
  • Publication Date: 1993


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 147 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 21
    • Publisher: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
    • ISSN: 0283-3611

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00712203
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 24 1995 12:00AM