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Liner ship route schedule design with sea contingency time and port time uncertainty

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  • Wang, Shuaian
  • Meng, Qiang
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    This paper deals with a tactical-level liner ship route schedule design problem which aims to determine the arrival time of a ship at each portcall on a ship route and the sailing speed function on each voyage leg by taking into account time uncertainties at sea and at port. It first derives the optimality condition for the sailing speed function with sea contingency and subsequently demonstrates the convexity of the bunker consumption function. A mixed-integer non-linear stochastic programming model is developed for the proposed liner ship route schedule design problem by minimizing the ship cost and expected bunker cost while maintaining a required transit time service level. In view of the special structure of the model, an exact cutting-plane based solution algorithm is proposed. Numerical experiments on real data provided by a global liner shipping company demonstrate that the proposed algorithm can efficiently solve real-case problems.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part B: Methodological.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 615-633

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transb:v:46:y:2012:i:5:p:615-633

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    Keywords: Liner ship route schedule design; Port time uncertainty; Sea contingency; Bunker consumption; Mixed-integer non-linear stochastic programming model; Cutting-plane algorithm;

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    1. Wang, Shuaian & Meng, Qiang & Liu, Zhiyuan, 2013. "Bunker consumption optimization methods in shipping: A critical review and extensions," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 49-62.
    2. Wang, Shuaian & Meng, Qiang & Sun, Zhuo, 2013. "Container routing in liner shipping," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 1-7.
    3. Wang, Shuaian & Meng, Qiang & Liu, Zhiyuan, 2013. "Containership scheduling with transit-time-sensitive container shipment demand," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 68-83.
    4. Wang, Shuaian, 2013. "Essential elements in tactical planning models for container liner shipping," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 84-99.
    5. Wang, Shuaian & Meng, Qiang, 2013. "Reversing port rotation directions in a container liner shipping network," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 61-73.
    6. Meng, Qiang & Wang, Shuaian, 2012. "Liner ship fleet deployment with week-dependent container shipment demand," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 222(2), pages 241-252.
    7. Wang, Tingsong & Meng, Qiang & Wang, Shuaian & Tan, Zhijia, 2013. "Risk management in liner ship fleet deployment: A joint chance constrained programming model," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 1-12.
    8. Wang, Shuaian & Meng, Qiang, 2012. "Robust schedule design for liner shipping services," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(6), pages 1093-1106.

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