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Repositioning empty containers in East and North China ports

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  • Shih-Liang Chao

    (Department of Shipping and Transportation Management, National Taiwan Ocean University, 2, Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 20224, Taiwan. E-mails: alexchao@ntou.edu.tw; ap650150@yahoo.com.tw)

  • Hui-Chuan Yu

    (Department of Shipping and Transportation Management, National Taiwan Ocean University, 2, Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 20224, Taiwan. E-mails: alexchao@ntou.edu.tw; ap650150@yahoo.com.tw)

Abstract

This study proposes a mathematical model for repositioning containers to ports in East and North China. With specially devised links and nodes, the proposed model can consider the strategies that are deployed commonly by liners. Moreover, the formulated problem can be solved rapidly owing to its underlying multi-commodity network structure. This feature increases the practicality of the proposed model because sensitivity analyses can be performed rapidly for the purpose of decision-making. Analytical results based on a global liner prove the rationality of the proposed model. Suggestions for repositioning empty containers are given according to the results of sensitivity analyses.

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  • Shih-Liang Chao & Hui-Chuan Yu, 2012. "Repositioning empty containers in East and North China ports," Maritime Economics & Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vol. 14(4), pages 435-454, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:marecl:v:14:y:2012:i:4:p:435-454
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    1. Wong, Eugene Y.C. & Tai, Allen H. & Raman, Mardjuki, 2015. "A maritime container repositioning yield-based optimization model with uncertain upsurge demand," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 147-161.
    2. Lee, Chung-Yee & Song, Dong-Ping, 2017. "Ocean container transport in global supply chains: Overview and research opportunities," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 95(C), pages 442-474.
    3. repec:eee:jotrge:v:69:y:2018:i:c:p:73-82 is not listed on IDEAS

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