A novel storage space allocation policy for import containers

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

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In developing countries, such as those in Latin America, inland flows of container terminals present high levels of uncertainty and variability. This situation occurs mainly due to lack of automation procedures, affecting coordination with the hinterlands. In this article, a methodology based on a dwell time segregated container storage policy is proposed. This methodology considers only import containers, due to the difficulty to determine a segregation criterion, which motivated us to use container dwell time information. Dwell times are discretized to determine classes, so that containers of the same class are assigned to close locations at the yard. The architecture of a decision support system to aid the stacking decisions based on this storage policy is proposed. The port of Arica in Chile is considered as a case study, and a discrete-event simulation model is also proposed to estimate potential benefits of this approach. Numerical results for the case study show a good performance, with potential reduction of the rehandles incurred when containers are retrieved from the yard.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319947662
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventCommunications in Computer and Information Science -
Duration: 1 Jan 2018 → …

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


ConferenceCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Period1/01/18 → …


  • Classification algorithms
  • Container storage policies
  • Dwell times of containers
  • Segregation of containers


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