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Global planning in a multi-terminal and multi-modal maritime container port

Abstract : This paper introduces an optimization model of a multi-terminal, multi-modal maritime container port, such as the ones in the European northern range. The decisions concern the scheduling of ships, trains and trucks on terminals, while limiting inter-terminal transport of containers and minimizing weighted turnaround time. Heuristics based on the decomposition of the resulting mixed-integer program are proposed and tested on realistic generated instances with up to four terminals. The efficiency of the restrict-and-fix heuristic allows to investigate the impact of a global management on port's performance: an average improvement of 5% was observed.
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Xavier Schepler, Stefan Balev, Sophie Michel, Eric Sanlaville. Global planning in a multi-terminal and multi-modal maritime container port. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, 2017, 100, pp.38-62. ⟨10.1016/j.tre.2016.12.002⟩. ⟨hal-02112073⟩

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