Department of Economics and Business Economics

Simon Emde

The berth allocation problem with mobile quay walls: Problem definition, solution procedures, and extensions

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  • Simon Emde
  • Nils Boysen, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
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  • Dirk Briskorn, University of Siegen

The berth allocation problem (BAP), which defines a processing interval and a berth at the quay wall for each ship to be (un-)loaded, is an essential decision problem for efficiently operating a container port. In this paper, we integrate mobile quay walls into the BAP. Mobile quay walls are huge propelled floating platforms, which encase ships moored at the immobile quay and provide additional quay cranes for accelerating container processing. Furthermore, additional ships can be processed at the seaside of the platform, so that scarce berthing space at a terminal is enlarged. We formalize the BAP with mobile quay walls and provide suitable solution procedures.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Scheduling
Pages (from-to)289-303
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Berth allocation problem, Branch-and-bound, Container logistics, Mobile quay walls

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