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Determining fixed Crane Areas in Rail-Rail Transshipment Yards

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  • Nils Boysen

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Malte Fliedner

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Michael Kellner

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

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    To enable rapid container transshipment between freight trains in modern rail-rail transshipment yards efficient computerized scheduling procedures are indispensable. This paper proposes a dynamic programming approach, which determines yard areas for gantry cranes, so that the workload is evenly spread among cranes and, thus, train processing is accelerated. In a straightforward simulation of transshipment yard operations, the effect of optimal crane areas vs. equally sized areas is studied, the latter being a common real-world policy. The results indicate a remarkable speed-up of train processing if optimal crane areas are applied.

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    Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration in its series Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers with number 07/2009.

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    Date of creation: 09 Jul 2009
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    Publication status: Published in: Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review 46/6 (2010), 1005-1016.
    Handle: RePEc:jen:jenjbe:2009-07

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    Keywords: Railway systems; Transshipment yards; Container handling; Crane scheduling;

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