Empty container stacking operations: Case study of an empty container depot in valparaiso chile

Felipe Hidalgo, Diego Aranda, Jimena Pascual, Alice E. Smith, Rosa G. Gonzalez-Ramirez

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This paper describes a detailed stochastic simulation model integrated with a transactional database to model operations in an empty container depot. Empty container depots are found ubiquitously in supply chains around the world but there has been virtually no quantitative research done to assess operational policies nor layout designs. In this work we determine the performance of operational policies related to the stacking and retrieval of empty containers to derive recommendations for policy improvements and, in future work, the yard layout design. A simulation model was chosen as the proper tool to address these aims because of the uncertain nature and complex handling actions of an empty container depot. Results thus far show that policies concerning remarshalling and retrieval strongly influence the efficiency of the depot operations in terms of the truck turnaround times, as well as the utilization of the resources which include yard cranes and personnel. © 2017 IEEE.
Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojada2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
EditoresVictor Chan
EditorialInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Número de páginas12
ISBN (versión digital)9781538634288
ISBN (versión impresa)0891-7736
EstadoPublicada - 28 jun. 2017
Evento2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017 - Las Vegas, Estados Unidos
Duración: 3 dic. 20176 dic. 2017

Serie de la publicación

NombreProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (versión impresa)0891-7736


Conferencia2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
País/TerritorioEstados Unidos
CiudadLas Vegas

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 IEEE.

Palabras clave

  • Containers
  • Stochastic systems
  • Supply chains
  • Turnaround time


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