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Liner shipping hub network design in a competitive environment


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  • Gelareh, Shahin
  • Nickel, Stefan
  • Pisinger, David
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    A mixed integer programming formulation is proposed for hub-and-spoke network design in a competitive environment. It addresses the competition between a newcomer liner service provider and an existing dominating operator, both operating on hub-and-spoke networks. The newcomer company maximizes its market share--which depends on the service time and transportation cost--by locating a predefined number of hubs at candidate ports and designing its network. While general-purpose solvers do not solve instances of even small size, an accelerated Lagrangian method combined with a primal heuristic obtains promising bounds. Our computational experiments on real instances of practical size indicate superiority of our approach.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 991-1004

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:6:p:991-1004

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    Keywords: Hub-and-spoke network design Liner shipping Competition Mixed integer programming Lagrangian relaxation Enumeration;


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    1. SteadieSeifi, M. & Dellaert, N.P. & Nuijten, W. & Van Woensel, T. & Raoufi, R., 2014. "Multimodal freight transportation planning: A literature review," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 233(1), pages 1-15.
    2. Meng, Qiang & Wang, Tingsong & Wang, Shuaian, 2012. "Short-term liner ship fleet planning with container transshipment and uncertain container shipment demand," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 223(1), pages 96-105.
    3. Christiansen, Marielle & Fagerholt, Kjetil & Nygreen, Bjørn & Ronen, David, 2013. "Ship routing and scheduling in the new millennium," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 228(3), pages 467-483.
    4. Zheng, Jianfeng & Meng, Qiang & Sun, Zhuo, 2014. "Impact analysis of maritime cabotage legislations on liner hub-and-spoke shipping network design," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 234(3), pages 874-884.


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