Department of Economics and Business Economics

Simon Emde

Berth allocation in container terminals that service feeder ships and deep-sea vessels

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  • Simon Emde
  • Nils Boysen, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

This paper treats a berth allocation problem (BAP) in dedicated container terminals where feeder ships and container vessels are jointly served. When assigning quay space and a service time to each calling ship particular focus is put on the container exchange between feeder ships and mother vessels, so that the weighted number of containers delivered by feeder missing their intended mother vessel (and vice versa) does not exceed a given upper bound. The resulting BAP is formalized, complexity proofs are provided, and suited optimization procedures are presented and tested.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Operational Research Society
Pages (from-to)551-563
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • berth allocation, container terminal operations, mathematical programming, simulated annealing

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