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Foldable container in empty container repositioning in intermodal transportation network of Belt and Road Initiative: strengths and limitations

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  • Shuzhu Zhang
  • Xiao Ruan
  • Yuezhang Xia
  • Xuehao Feng

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In 2013, the concept of the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (Belt and Road)’ was initiated by the Chinese government, which involves Asian, European and African continents and their adjacent seas. Logistics plays a core role in such a large framework of economy and trade. In recent years, China, European Union, and Southeast Asia pay much attention to the design and development of the intermodal transportation network towards both economic and environmental efficiency. In this paper, we propose an empty container repositioning model in the intermodal transportation network of Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative by considering both standard and foldable containers. In this model, empty containers are repositioned from the inland of the original area, such as China, to other areas of B&R Initiative related countries and regions, such as European Union and Southeast Asia. We develop a mixed integer linear programming model to determine the optimal repositioning of empty containers via the intermodal transportation network. An Artificial Bee Colony algorithm is developed to solve large size problems in practice and numerical experiments are conducted to show the efficiency of our proposed algorithm. We provide managerial insights regarding the impact on the network performance of foldable containers transportation.

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  • Shuzhu Zhang & Xiao Ruan & Yuezhang Xia & Xuehao Feng, 2018. "Foldable container in empty container repositioning in intermodal transportation network of Belt and Road Initiative: strengths and limitations," Maritime Policy & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(3), pages 351-369, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:marpmg:v:45:y:2018:i:3:p:351-369
    DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2017.1400699
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    4. Zhang, Ruiyou & Huang, Chao & Feng, Xuehao, 2020. "Empty container repositioning with foldable containers in a river transport network considering the limitations of bridge heights," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 133(C), pages 197-213.
    5. Li Li & Jiadong Zhu & Guanqiong Ye & Xuehao Feng, 2018. "Development of Green Ports with the Consideration of Coastal Wave Energy," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(11), pages 1-17, November.

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