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Title:A two phase approach for inter-terminal transport of inland vessels using preference-based coordination rules
Authors:S. Li, R.R Negenborn, G. Lodewijks

Conference:6th International Conference on Computational Logistics (ICCL'15)
Address:Delft, The Netherlands
Date:September 2015

Abstract:While inland vessels are becoming more important in container transport between terminals in the port and the hinterland, in the large sea port like port of Rotterdam, only 62% of the inland vessels leave the port on time. Poor alignment of inland vessels leads to significant uncertain waiting times of vessels at terminals, low utilization of terminal quay resources, and long sojourn time of vessels in the port. To improve this, it is important to find the sequences in which vessels visit different terminals in an efficient way. This paper presents a two phase approach to find the visiting sequence of groups of inland vessels in a large seaport with the objective of better alignment of activities. The approach consists of two phases, namely single vessel optimization and multiple vessel coordination. The single vessel optimization problem is first solved using mixed integer programming, preference-based coordination rules are then used to solve the multiple vessel coordination problem. We evaluate the performance of the proposed approach with respect to departure time of the last vessel, total sojourn time and waiting time.

Reference:S. Li, R.R Negenborn, G. Lodewijks. A two phase approach for inter-terminal transport of inland vessels using preference-based coordination rules. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computational Logistics (ICCL'15), Delft, The Netherlands, pp. 281-297, September 2015.
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