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Optimal fleet composition and periodic routing of offshore supply vessels


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  • Halvorsen-Weare, Elin E.
  • Fagerholt, Kjetil
  • Nonås, Lars Magne
  • Asbjørnslett, Bjørn Egil
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    The supply vessel planning problem is a maritime transportation problem faced by amongst others the energy company Statoil. A set of offshore installations requires supplies from an onshore supply depot on a regular basis, a service performed by a fleet of offshore supply vessels. The problem consists of determining the optimal fleet composition of offshore supply vessels and their corresponding weekly voyages and schedules. We present a voyage-based solution method for the supply vessel planning problem. A computational study shows how the solution method can be used to solve real-life problems. Statoil has implemented a planning tool based on the voyage-based solution method and reports significant savings.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Operational Research.

    Volume (Year): 223 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 508-517

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:223:y:2012:i:2:p:508-517

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    Keywords: Transportation; Fleet composition; Ship routing and scheduling; Supply operations; Periodic routing;


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    1. Pantuso, Giovanni & Fagerholt, Kjetil & Hvattum, Lars Magnus, 2014. "A survey on maritime fleet size and mix problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 235(2), pages 341-349.


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