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Integrated scheduling of crane handling and truck transportation in a maritime container terminal

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  • Chen, Lu
  • Langevin, André
  • Lu, Zhiqiang
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    This paper studies the interactions between crane handling and truck transportation in a maritime container terminal by addressing them simultaneously. Yard trucks are shared among different ships, which helps to reduce empty truck trips in the terminal area. The problem is formulated as a constraint programming model and a three-stage algorithm is developed. At the first stage, crane schedules are generated by a heuristic method. At the second stage, the multiple-truck routing problem is solved based on the precedence relations of the transportation tasks derived from the first stage. At the last stage a complete solution is constructed by using a disjunctive graph. The three procedures are linked by an iterative structure, which facilitates the search for a good solution. The computational results indicate that the three-stage algorithm is effective for finding high-quality solutions and can efficiently solve large problems.

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

    Volume (Year): 225 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 142-152

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:225:y:2013:i:1:p:142-152

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    Keywords: Scheduling; Container terminal; Container handling; Constraint programming; Disjunctive graph;

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    1. Tierney, Kevin & Voß, Stefan & Stahlbock, Robert, 2014. "A mathematical model of inter-terminal transportation," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 235(2), pages 448-460.

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