Variable neighborhood search for minimum cost berth allocation
The berth allocation problem is to allocate space along the quayside to incoming ships at a container terminal in order to minimize some objective function. We consider minimization of total costs for waiting and handling as well as earliness or tardiness of completion, for all ships. We assume ships can arrive at any given time, i.e., before or after the berths become available. The resulting problem, which subsumes several previous ones, is expressed as a linear mixed 0-1 program. As it turns out to be too time-consuming for exact solution of instances of realistic size, a Variable Neighborhood Search (VNS) heuristic is proposed, and compared with Multi-Start (MS), a Genetic Search algorithm (GA) and a Memetic Search algorithm (MA). VNS provides optimal solutions for all instances solved to optimality in a previous paper of the first two authors and outperforms MS, MA and GA on large instances.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Imai, Akio & Nishimura, Etsuko & Papadimitriou, Stratos, 2003. "Berth allocation with service priority," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 437-457, June.
- Legato, Pasquale & Mazza, Rina M., 2001. "Berth planning and resources optimisation at a container terminal via discrete event simulation," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 133(3), pages 537-547, September.
- Nishimura, Etsuko & Imai, Akio & Papadimitriou, Stratos, 2001. "Berth allocation planning in the public berth system by genetic algorithms," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 131(2), pages 282-292, June.
- Kim, Kap Hwan & Moon, Kyung Chan, 2003. "Berth scheduling by simulated annealing," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 37(6), pages 541-560, July.
- Imai, Akio & Nishimura, Etsuko & Papadimitriou, Stratos, 2001. "The dynamic berth allocation problem for a container port," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 401-417, May.
- Vis, Iris F. A. & de Koster, Rene, 2003. "Transshipment of containers at a container terminal: An overview," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 147(1), pages 1-16, May.
- Hansen, Pierre & Mladenovic, Nenad, 2001. "Variable neighborhood search: Principles and applications," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 130(3), pages 449-467, May.
- Imai, Akio & Sun, Xin & Nishimura, Etsuko & Papadimitriou, Stratos, 2005. "Berth allocation in a container port: using a continuous location space approach," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 199-221, March.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:191:y:2008:i:3:p:636-649. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Shamier, Wendy)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.