A dwell time-based container positioning decision support system at a port terminal

G. Myriam Gaete, Marcela C. González-Araya, Rosa G. González-Ramírez, H. César Astudillo

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Abstract

In this article, a methodology as well as a decision support system for the container storage assignment at a yard of a container terminal is proposed. The motivation of the proposed methodology are the cases of container terminals where inland flows present high levels of uncertainty and variability. This situation is typical of ports in developing countries such as is the case in Latin America where due to lack of automation, there are many paper-based procedures and little coordination with the hinterland. The proposed methodology is based on a dwell time segregated storage policy, considering only import containers (due to the difficulty to determine segregation criteria for this type of containers). Dwell times are discretized in order to determine dwell time classes or segregations, so that containers of the same segregation are assigned to close locations at the yard. As a case study, the port of Arica in Chile is considered. A discrete-event simulation model is also proposed to estimate potential benefits of the proposed methodology. Numerical results for the case study show a good performance, with potential reduction of the rehandles incurred.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICORES 2017 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems
EditorsFederico Liberatore, Greg H. Parlier, Marc Demange
PublisherSciTePress
Pages128-139
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789897582189
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Event6th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems, ICORES 2017 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 23 Feb 201725 Feb 2017

Publication series

NameICORES 2017 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems
Volume2017-January

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems, ICORES 2017
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period23/02/1725/02/17

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Keywords

  • Container storage policies
  • Container terminal
  • Dwell times
  • Stacking strategies

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