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An Operational Model for Empty Container Management

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  • Alessandro Olivo

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    (Department of Land Engineering, University of Cagliari, via Marengo 2, 09123, Cagliari, Italy.)

  • Paola Zuddas

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    (Department of Land Engineering, University of Cagliari, via Marengo 2, 09123, Cagliari, Italy.)

  • Massimo Di Francesco

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    (Department of Land Engineering, University of Cagliari, via Marengo 2, 09123, Cagliari, Italy.)

  • Antonio Manca

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    (Department of Land Engineering, University of Cagliari, via Marengo 2, 09123, Cagliari, Italy.)

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    This paper proposes a mathematical programming approach for empty container management. Since directional imbalances in trade activities result in a surplus or shortage of empty containers in ports and depots, their management can be thought of as a min cost flow problem whose arcs represent services routes, inventory links and decisions concerning the time and place to lease containers from external sources. We adopt an hourly time-step in a dynamic network and, although this time-period generates large-size instances, the two implemented algorithms show a good computational efficiency. A possible case study of the Mediterranean basin is proposed and results are presented with a graphical representation, providing a useful support to decision-makers in the field. Maritime Economics & Logistics (2005) 7, 199–222. doi:10.1057/palgrave.mel.9100136

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    Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Maritime Economics & Logistics.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 199-222

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    1. Long, Yin & Lee, Loo Hay & Chew, Ek Peng, 2012. "The sample average approximation method for empty container repositioning with uncertainties," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 222(1), pages 65-75.
    2. Song, Dong-Ping & Dong, Jing-Xin, 2011. "Effectiveness of an empty container repositioning policy with flexible destination ports," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 92-101, January.
    3. Song, Dong-Ping & Dong, Jing-Xin, 2012. "Cargo routing and empty container repositioning in multiple shipping service routes," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 46(10), pages 1556-1575.
    4. Bell, Michael G.H. & Liu, Xin & Rioult, Jeremy & Angeloudis, Panagiotis, 2013. "A cost-based maritime container assignment model," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 58-70.

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