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Replenishment policies for empty containers in an inland multi-depot system

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  • Quang-Vinh Dang

    (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Fibigerstraede 16, DK-9220 Aalborg East, Denmark.)

  • Izabela Ewa Nielsen

    () (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Fibigerstraede 16, DK-9220 Aalborg East, Denmark.)

  • Won-Young Yun

    () (Department of Industrial Engineering, Pusan National University, 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735, South Korea.)

Abstract

This research focuses on the problem of positioning empty containers in a port area with multiple depots. Three options are considered: positioning from other overseas ports, inland positioning between depots and leasing. The policies for empty-container management are as follows: a coordinated (s, S) inventory policy for overseas positioning, a (ri) policy at each depot for inland positioning, and a simple leasing policy with zero lead-time and infinite capacity. For the inland positioning policy, four different methods are proposed to reposition empty containers between depots. The objective is to obtain the optimal policy in order to minimize the expected total cost consisting of: inventory holding, overseas positioning, inland positioning and leasing costs. A simulation-based genetic algorithm is developed to find near-optimal policies. Numerical examples are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach and examine the sensitivity of results with respect to system parameters.

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  • Quang-Vinh Dang & Izabela Ewa Nielsen & Won-Young Yun, 2013. "Replenishment policies for empty containers in an inland multi-depot system," Maritime Economics & Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vol. 15(1), pages 120-149, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:marecl:v:15:y:2013:i:1:p:120-149
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    1. Xie, Yangyang & Liang, Xiaoying & Ma, Lijun & Yan, Houmin, 2017. "Empty container management and coordination in intermodal transport," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 257(1), pages 223-232.
    2. Guericke, Stefan & Tierney, Kevin, 2015. "Liner shipping cargo allocation with service levels and speed optimization," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 84(C), pages 40-60.
    3. 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.
    4. repec:eee:jotrge:v:69:y:2018:i:c:p:73-82 is not listed on IDEAS

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