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International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics (26 papers in press)


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  • Benchmarking container port security risks by applying a FIS methodology   Order a copy of this article
    by Dimitrios Stavrou, Nikolaos Ventikos, Zaili Yang 
    Abstract: This paper presents a fuzzy inference approach to estimate the security level of a port in a manner that it provides essential information to the stakeholders when evaluating security risks under uncertainty. A Fuzzy Inference System (FIS) methodology is developed on account to four predefined security factors. A team of experts is used to rank and survey potential port security risks whereas the experts ordinal preferences were combined using the Cook and Seiford method to come up with a consensus risks ranking. To validate the model, results are compared with those from an established Fuzzy Evidential Reasoning approach given the same security risk inputs. The verified FIS can provide useful insights for security analysts to conduct security risk quantification under high uncertainty in data in the maritime sector as well as a wider range of other industries (e.g. aerospace and process) facing high terrorism threats with appropriate tailor and adaptation.
    Keywords: Maritime; Port Safety; Port Security; FIS; ISPS; Risk assessment.

    by Victor Cantillo, Javier Visbal, Julian Arellana 
    Abstract: When modeling freight demand, a common assumption is that decision makers decide on the commercial vehicle that best suits their transportation needs. Even though the discrete choice of vehicle type depends on the shipment size, which is a continuous variable, vehicle type choice models usually do not include any shipment size factor. The origin and destination of the cargo, the type of product, attributes related to the level of service (e.g. travel time and cost), trucking operational patterns and shippers characteristics are also factors that determinate both choices. This paper proposes a joint estimation procedure for the discrete-continuous model based on the Integrated Choice and Latent Variable Model. Our approach explicitly includes the shipment size as a continuous latent variable within the discrete type-of-truck choice. The application of the model in the Colombian context highlights the importance of considering the interrelationship between freight mode and shipment size decisions. Modeling results also suggest the presence of unobserved common factors influencing both decisions. The model was used to evaluate policies oriented to promote cargo consolidation. The evaluation suggests that increasing the tolls for small vehicles is feasible because of their higher cost sensitivity.
    Keywords: Shipment Size; Type of Truck Choice; Discrete Continuous Model.

  • The impact of changing market requirements on dock labour employment systems in northwest European seaports   Order a copy of this article
    by Theo Notteboom 
    Abstract: This paper presents a conceptual framework on dock labour arrangements and employment systems from a market-driven perspective. We conceptualize how changing market requirements affect the characteristics and the design of dock labour employment systems in seaports. The demand for a high dock labour performance is decomposed into three underlying dimensions: labour productivity, cost efficiency and more qualitative factors such as labour flexibility and service delivery. The internal organization of dock labour takes place within a wider setting of legal and social conditions and the state of technology. Using the conceptual framework, we analyze how terminal operators try to meet changing market requirements through the deployment of new technology and advances in dock labour organization. We provide empirical evidence by zooming in on the evolution of dock labour arrangements and employment systems in a number of northwest European ports.
    Keywords: Dock labour; labour performance; productivity; Europe; market dynamics.

    by Noorul Shaiful Fitri Abdul Rahman, Alisha Ismail, Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohd Roslin, Venus Y.H. Lun 
    Abstract: This paper aims to study the performance of the secondary ports in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) of Malaysia by analysing the selected criteria and sub-criteria involved. A total of 12 respondents were selected as the sample for the study and the data were analysed using a decision-making method that incorporated an analytical hierarchy process, fuzzy-link based approach, and evidential reasoning. To analyse the performance of the secondary ports, five criteria were considered, which include: 1) operational, 2) physical, 3) shipping demand, 4) financial, and 5) manpower performances. To realise this performance benchmarking, two secondary ports that were positioned on the ECER, namely, the Kemaman Port (Kemaman Supply Base) and Kertih Port were used as the case studies. The findings of this study showed that the operational and physical performances played a significant role in contributing to benchmark the performance of the secondary ports.
    Keywords: Port Performance; Secondary Ports; Port Business; Decision Making Techniques; Maritime Studies.

  • GHG emissions from Chinas international sea freight transport: A review and the future trend   Order a copy of this article
    by W.M. To, Peter K.C. Lee 
    Abstract: This paper reviews the development of Chinas international sea freight throughput during the period 1980-2015 and uses logistic model to estimate the future growth of international sea freight and the associated increase in the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG). The review showed that Chinas international sea freight throughput increased from 353.2 billion ton-km in 1980 to 5423.6 billion ton-km in 2015. Meanwhile Chinas international container throughput increased from 64.3 thousand twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) to 189 million TEU (over 27 percent of the worlds container traffic flow) in 2015. The associated greenhouse gases (GHG) emission increased from 2.60 million tons CO2-eq in 1980 to 39.95 million tons CO2-eq in 2015. Although the logistic growth model indicated that Chinas international sea freight and container throughputs reached maximum growth rates in 2008, GHG emissions due to Chinas international sea freight would continuously increase to over 53 million tons in 2020.
    Keywords: sea freight; China; greenhouse gases emission; One Belt-One Road.

  • Catastrophe Risk Assessment Framework of Ports and Industrial Clusters: A Case Study of the Guangdong Province   Order a copy of this article
    by Xinhu Cao, Jasmine Siu Lee Lam 
    Abstract: Seaports, as critical infrastructures, are vulnerable to natural catastrophes such as hurricane/typhoon, earthquake, and tsunami. The inoperability of a port caused by these hazards tends to activate domino effects to the adjacent industrial clusters in the hinterland. Limited works addressed high-impact and low-probability (HILP) catastrophe risks and fewer studied industrial cluster risks resulting from catastrophe-induced port disruptions. This paper aims to assess ports and industrial clusters catastrophe risks, based on a three-layer port-cargo-industrial cluster (PCI) model. By using the Guangdong province in China and the typhoon hazard as a case study, we find that the petrochemical industrial cluster is the most vulnerable in the Guangdong province against typhoon-induced port disruptions in the import mode, while the textile and apparel industrial cluster is the least vulnerable. These two industrial clusters exchange rankings under the export mode. Proactive preparations can thus be made to avoid any possible prolonged production downtimes.
    Keywords: port; industrial cluster; catastrophe; natural hazard; port disruption; risk assessment; risk analysis; typhoon; port-cargo-industrial cluster model.

    by Haiying Jia, Vishnu Prakash, Tristan Smith 
    Abstract: The cargo size or payload of a merchant vessel is a crucial variable in calculating revenue for a particular voyage and estimating global trade flows for key commodities. However, due to the opaque nature of the industry, payload information is usually not publicly available. This research utilizes, for the first time, vessel draught information reported by the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to estimate vessel payloads. The applicability and reliability of draught measurements from AIS captured via satellites and terrestrial receivers are addressed in the process of identifying the most efficacious way to estimate vessel payloads. In particular, conditions are put in place to reduce the uncertainty surrounding the applicability of each draught measurement and its validity to be associated with a particular known payload. The performance of estimating vessel payloads using AIS draught data is compared to two models that rely on principles from physics and naval architecture, and the results show similarity and consistency. We therefore show that the AIS reported draught measurements are reliable, to a certain extent. Being able to reliably estimate a vessels payload in operating conditions is essential in assessing vessel utilisation, fleet productivity, and subsequently the supply and demand conditions in the shipping markets.
    Keywords: AIS; payload; draught; utilisation; big data.

    by Pablo Coto-Millan, Marta De La Fuente, Xose Luis Fernandez, Miguel Angel Pesquera 
    Abstract: This study evaluates the impact of deregulation and the introduction of competition in the hydrocarbon sector on the efficiency of eleven Spanish ports of import of hydrocarbons. To this end, using Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA), an input-oriented distance model has been estimated for the 1986-2013 period. This paper contributes to the literature by establishing a direct correlation between the hydrocarbons reforms and the change in port efficiency. The main conclusion was that Law 15/1992 and Law 34/1998 focused on the deregulation and the introduction of competition in the field of hydrocarbons have had a positive impact on the efficiency of the main Spanish ports of import of hydrocarbons.
    Keywords: Deregulation; Competition; Hydrocarbons; Technical efficiency; Stochastic Frontier Analysis; Spanish ports.

Special Issue on: Logistics and Maritime Studies on One Belt One Road

  • Cargo type selection procedure using fuzzy AHP and fuzzy TOPSIS techniques: 'the case of dry bulk cargo ships'   Order a copy of this article
    by Ünal Özdemir, Abdulaziz Güneroğlu 
    Abstract: Cargo type selection is a challenging procedure in shipping and logistic industry as net freight charge profit depends on many factors involving in maritime transportation. Maximisation of the net profit is subject to determination of the factors affecting the freight account. In this study, the problem of cargo type selection was investigated for the dry bulk ship companies by using fuzzy multi criteria decision-making approaches. The evaluation process is based on identifying criteria sets and ranking them according to factor loads using fuzzy AHP and finally deciding on the best alternative that is scored by the experts using fuzzy TOPSIS technique. Results of the study revealed that the most important criteria for dry bulk cargo selection are net freight charge profit (9.85%), cargo handling conditions (6.35%), total fuel consumption per voyage (5.96%), risk of piracy and stowaways (5.08%), position for the next voyage (4.87%) and cargo handling cost (4.74%).
    Keywords: dry bulk cargo; freight charge; decision-making; fuzzy AHP; fuzzy TOPSIS.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2018.10011315
  • Strait/canal security assessment of the Maritime Silk Road   Order a copy of this article
    by Xiaoxing Gong, Jing Lu 
    Abstract: This study investigates the security of the strait/canal on the Maritime Silk Road, using quantitative indicators, including width, depth, piracy and terrorism attacks, among other factors. The paper applies the experts grading method, which considers the risks estimated by experts for determining the weights of indicators. Due to different knowledge backgrounds, practical experiences and perspectives, the weight parameters given by different experts are always inconsistent, and the risk determined by each expert is different. This study measures the risk estimated by each expert by quantifying the deviation of the expert's estimated risk from the weight matrix of the group decision. The results suggest that the indicators have an important impact on strait/canal security, including ship accidents, piracy attacks, reefs, terrorism, military conflict, typhoons, width and depth. Comparatively, in this study, the security of the Suez Canal is found to be the best, and the Bab al-Mandab Strait has poor security.
    Keywords: the Maritime Silk Road; strait/canal; security assessment; experts grading method; experts' risks.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2018.10011316
  • Yard storage planning for river terminals on one belt one road   Order a copy of this article
    by Ming-Kun Li 
    Abstract: In the blueprint of the one belt one road initiative, river ports are critical nodes for connecting seaports with inland plants. But operators encounter a yard storage planning problem for export containers with service restrictions on vessels due to different water depths along a river terminal. In order to facilitate container handling process, yard blocks are partitioned into different zones that each zone dedicates to a quay section. This yard allocation research aims at minimising the workload imbalance among yard blocks of different zones. A 'sub-block clustering' method is advocated to increase the flexibility of allocating yard storage space to containers and thus to improve the use of the yard space. The yard allocation problem is formulated as a mixed integer linear programming model. A property of this problem is used to propose an efficient solution approach. Numerical studies show that it obtained satisfactory solutions to most test instances.
    Keywords: container terminal; mixed integer linear programming; MILP; sub-block clustering; yard storage planning; one belt one road.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2018.10011317
  • Manufacturing relocation and port/shipping development along the Maritime Silk Road   Order a copy of this article
    by Dongxu Chen, Meifeng Luo, Zhongzhen Yang 
    Abstract: This study identifies the trends of manufacturing concentration along the Maritime Silk Road (MSR) using GDP and industry value added (% of GDP), as well as survey data on the origins of individuals' daily wares in three developed countries. Based on the location quotient and industry life cycle theories, this study selects 20 MSR countries and identifies the potential countries for future development in manufacturing centres. These countries are further evaluated in terms of production costs and their willingness to undertake the manufacturing development. In this manner, 13 countries are found to have the potential to develop manufacturing centres, which provides a direction to relocate manufacturing to them. Finally, future trends of port and ocean shipping are projected based on the experiences of Chinese ports, shipping, logistics and manufacturing development and strategies to strengthen shipping logistics and manufacturing are proposed in the context of the 21st century MSR to create a win-win situation for both China and the MSR countries.
    Keywords: manufacturing transfer; Maritime Silk Road; MSR; location quotient; life cycle; port logistics; shipping logistics; port/shipping development.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2018.10011319
  • Diversification as an energy importing strategy for China under the Belt and Road Initiative   Order a copy of this article
    by Kevin X. Li, Mengjie Jin, Wenming Shi 
    Abstract: One of the key aims of 'the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative' is national energy security for China. This paper investigates how the B&R Initiative can improve China's energy security through diversification of the energy mix, energy suppliers, transport routes and settlement currency. With those indicators, we quantify the enhancement of energy security after China adopted a diversification strategy under the B&R Initiative. To support the study, we also use financial portfolio theory as a management tool to increase the national energy security. The results of the study show that after China adopted the diversification strategy, the national energy security level increased. The major findings of this study are, first, China will be able to import more natural gas and oil from different countries along the B&R. Second, the number of energy suppliers will be increased by adding several countries along the B&R in Central Asia and Africa, thereby reducing the heavy reliance on the Middle East. Last, new pipeline transportation will diversify transport modes and reduce China's heavy dependence on the Malacca Strait, which was and is still by far the major oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport route.
    Keywords: diversification; energy importing strategy; energy security; energy shipping and trade; Belt and Road Initiative; China.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2018.10011320
  • Evaluation of a centralised transportation assistance system for passengers with special needs at a Canadian airport   Order a copy of this article
    by Mehmet A. Begen, Richard Fung, Daniel Granot, Frieda Granot, Chris Hall, Bailey Kluczny 
    Abstract: Transportation assistance for travellers with special needs (e.g., disabled, sick, elderly, unaccompanied minors) is provided at most airports, and the demand for this service is increasing every year. At most airports, air carriers are independently responsible for this service, and they set their own service levels and practices. We expect that a centralised system would increase resource efficiency and passenger satisfaction. We conduct an evaluation of such a centralised system at a Canadian airport using two distinct and independent models: simulation and queuing. We find that consolidating the service produces higher levels of service quality for passengers while, at the same time, uses fewer resources. We also discuss the pros and cons of a centralised system from the perspectives of the airport authority, the airlines, and the passengers. Our methodology may be applied to other airports worldwide to evaluate a centralised transportation assistance system for passengers with special needs.
    Keywords: airport passenger transportation; passengers with special needs; simulation modelling; queuing analysis.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2018.10011321

Special Issue on: Liner Shipping and Terminal Operations

  • A Non-structural Approach to Assess Competitive Conditions in Container Liner Shipping Market: 2009-2014   Order a copy of this article
    by Enna Hirata 
    Abstract: This paper aims to assess the demand elasticities and competitive conditions in Container Liner Shipping (henceforth: CLS) market. Using a dynamic model, the regression results reveal that the degree of competition measured by Panzar-Rosse (P-R) H statistic varies from 0.37 to 0.97 for the period of 2009 to 2014. It implies that CLS market can be described as displaying monopolistic competitive behaviour. The conclusion is consistent with previous studies conducted for earlier periods; moreover, the increasing trend of P-R H statistic value implies increasing degree of competition in the industry. The findings contribute to the understanding of theoretical explanation of competitive condition in latest CLS market. Unlike other studies, this paper establishes a dynamic model that makes it possible to measure both short-run and long-run effects.
    Keywords: container liner shipping; demand elasticity; competitive condition; non-structural; panzar-rosse h statistic; dynamic model.

  • The role of the degree of use of the facilities in the port choice process: the Spanish dockside cranes case   Order a copy of this article
    by Ana Martínez-Pardo, Lorena Garcia-Alonso, Alfonso Orro 
    Abstract: The aim of this study is to analyse how the degree of use of port facilities may influence port choice in the scope of export container traffic. As an indicator of the degree of use, the relationship between containers moved and the number of cranes available is selected. We estimate discrete choice models, drawing on Spanish official records of exports for the four main Spanish peninsular container ports. This article describes a multinomial logit model that includes variables of the port, the location of each one of the points that configure the hinterland and the foreland under study. As port variables, we bring into play the number of cranes and the port facilities categorised according to their degree of use. In conclusion, it can be stated that all analysed factors are relevant in port choice. Regarding how the degree of use affects port choice, it is obtained that the more traffic a port has, the more attractive it becomes due to the economies of agglomeration, scale and network effects, but there is a saturation threshold beyond which the attractiveness of the port decreases. The methodological approach to test the hypothesis allows to obtain the functional form of the relation between the degree of use and the port attractiveness without establishing it a priori.
    Keywords: port facilities; non-linearity; container port choice; port competition; agglomeration economies; economies of escale; network effects; port congestion; saturation threshold; Ship-to-Shore gantry cranes; decision making; Discrete Choice Theory; DCM; multinomial logit model; Spanish port system.

  • Cargo flow, freight rate and speed optimization of container liner services   Order a copy of this article
    by Ahlam AlMarar, Ali Cheaitou 
    Abstract: After the global economic crisis of 2008 the shipping companies have become more worried about keeping and increasing their profit. In this paper, a container liner service cargo flow, freight rates and sailing speed optimization mixed integer non-linear programming model is introduced, in which the total daily profit is maximized. The model focuses on the transportation of dry and reefer containers between a set of pre-established ports while the market sensitivity to the freight rates is considered. The model is implemented on a line of the Asia-Europe trade using the optimization software LINGO 15.0. The results show the correlation that exists between the vessel carrying capacity and the level of freight rate to be charged to the shippers. They also confirm that all the model parameters affect the optimal profit, but only some of them have an effect on the optimal quantities to transport between the ports of the service.
    Keywords: liner services; container shipping; speed; freight rate; pricing; cargo flow; profit maximization; dry and reefer containers; non-linear mixed integer programming; Asia-Europe trade; bunker fuel; demand elasticity.

  • Simultaneous optimization of seaside operations in container terminals: A case study of the Iranian Rajaee port   Order a copy of this article
    by Seyed Farzad Hoseini, Mohammad Mohammadpour Omran, Adolfo Crespo Marquez, Ahmad Makui 
    Abstract: In marine transport, there is a growing need for optimization surveys, which are aimed at increasing the efficiency of the whole process. In this study, the berth allocation problem, the quay crane assignment problem and the quay crane scheduling problem are simultaneously formulated into an integrated mathematical model. Afterwards, the proposed mixed integer mathematical model is coded via GAMS IDE/CPLEX software. The exact solver appears to need a huge amount of time to find the optimum solution, even for small and medium-sized problems. Hence, artificial intelligence, which is embedded in both imperialist competitive and genetic algorithms, is employed through a highly modified meta-heuristic method. This method is called a hybrid imperialist competitive and genetic algorithm (HICGA), and is designed to deal with the complexity of such problems. To check the validity of the proposed model and the performance of the designed HICGA method, historical data for 24 weeks from the Iranian Rajaee port were provided.
    Keywords: Container terminal; Berth allocation problem; Quay crane assignment problem; Quay crane scheduling problem; Imperialist competitive algorithm; Genetic algorithm.

  • What drives European port traffic? The role of competition   Order a copy of this article
    by Xavier Fageda, Marta Gonzalez-Aregall 
    Abstract: This article examines the determinants of traffic in European ports in 2010 by estimating a generalised linear model with a gamma distribution. We examine the influence of various economic and geographic attributes of the urban areas in which the ports are located, along with the influence of variables that identify the intensity of competition that the respective port authorities face. We include a range of explanatory factors of port traffic including the GDP of the urban area, location, the share of transshipment traffic, the share of dedicated terminals, the volume of traffic from neighbouring ports, the level of connectivity with other transportation modes and the ports model of governance. Our results suggest that variables outside of port manager control, like the economic size of the urban area or the amount of traffic of neighbouring ports, are key determinants of the traffic that a port is able to reach.
    Keywords: ports; traffic; competition; econometric analysis.

    by Peter Dzakah Fanam, Hong-Oanh Nguyen, Stephen Cahoon 
    Abstract: This empirical paper identifies the critical factors influencing ocean container carriers selection and examines the impact of the influential factors on the competitiveness of ocean carriers from the freight forwarders perspectives. Data for the study was collected from 105 freight forwarding organisations. The significant factors influencing the competitiveness of ocean carriers were identified using structural equation modelling. Results indicated that the factors affecting the competitiveness of ocean carriers are schedule reliability, document accuracy, service quality, freight rate, door-to-door service and environment. This paper also proposes a model that shows the direct effects of the influential factors on the competitiveness of the ocean carriers. The model validates the competitiveness of ocean carriers from the freight forwarders perspective. To the best of authors knowledge, this study is the first of its kind that measures the competitiveness of ocean carriers from the freight forwarders perspective. This model can become a basis for other empirical studies to be built on to examine competitiveness of carriers. The understanding of the factors that the freight forwarders employed when making ocean carriers choice is paramount to the liner shipping companies because it shall enable the liner shipping companies to formulate relevant strategies to attract freight forwarders in patronising their shipping services.
    Keywords: Competitiveness; ocean container carriers; freight forwarders; influential factors; liner shipping.

Special Issue on: Maritime Transportation Innovative Models and Algorithms

  • Optimization for quay crane scheduling problem under uncertainty using PSO and OCBA
    by Hongtao Hu, Xiazhong Chen, Si Zhang 
    Abstract: This paper addresses the quay crane scheduling problem (QCSP) under uncertain conditions at container terminals. Variations in container volume, arrival time, equipment functionality and weather conditions create significant uncertainties when scheduling loading and unloading tasks. In order to maintain the service level of the port under various conditions, port operator urgently need to execute a robust schedule. In this paper, a stochastic programming model is formulated to minimize the makespan of quay crane service, using a Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm integrated with optimal computing budget allocation (OCBA) to improve computational efficiency. Numerical experiments show that the applied algorithm performs well under uncertainty.
    Keywords: Quay crane scheduling; uncertainty; Particle swarm optimization; optimal computing budget allocation

  • Integrating route optimization with vehicle and unloading dock scheduling in LCL cargo collection   Order a copy of this article
    by Xuefei Liu, Meifeng Luo, Yifei Zhao 
    Abstract: Less Container Load (LCL) has become an increasingly important element in containerized cargo export, due to the involvement of numerous small & medium size enterprises. Traditional cargo collection and consolidation processes are extremely complex and inefficient, which provides an excellent opportunity for improvement through integration. In this paper, we design a two-stage model comprising vehicle route optimization for cargo collection and vehicle and unloading dock scheduling. In the first stage, namely, the route optimization model, the Clarke-Wright saving algorithm is used, with the objective of minimizing the total transport cost for a given shipment size, weight, and capacity constraint of cargo collection vehicles. In the second stage, the scheduling of both collection vehicles and unloading dock are modeled, using two sub-models for given constraints on the time window of the unloading docks and cargo collection routes. An application of this integrated model is illustrated based on the cargo collection problems in the hinterland of Shanghai port.
    Keywords: Cargo Collection; LCL; Route Optimization; Vehicle Dispatching; Unloading Dock Scheduling; Integrated Scheduling.

  • A multi-objective approach to analyze the effect of fuel consumption on Ship Routing and Scheduling Problem   Order a copy of this article
    by Saurabh Pratap, Mengdi Zhang, Christopher L.D. Shen, George Q. Huang 
    Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of fuel consumption on ship routing and scheduling problem. In current trends, the anthropogenic emission due to excess fuel consumption is a topic of intense debate in the global world ship trading society. We have modeled a problem as a mixed integer non-linear programming (MINLP), which encounters the issues related to routing, fuel consumption, and customer demand. A meta-heuristic approach Controlled Elitist Non-Sorting Genetic Algorithm (CENSGA) has been proposed to solve the bi-objective problem. Finally, the utility of the model is demonstrated by a case study.
    Keywords: Ship routing; carbon emission; mixed integer nonlinear programming; meta-heuristic.

  • A Method for Estimating Liner Shipping Time under Uncertainty   Order a copy of this article
    by Min Lin, Miao Li, Hao Hao, Lu Zhen 
    Abstract: With the rapid development of container transportation and the fierce competition among ports, container terminal operators pay more attention to meet the individual needs of customers. This study develops a system to estimate container liner shipping arrival time and the probability distribution for each time set by considering transit process and the periodicity of liner shipping. This system can give the most possible arrival time of cargoes to customers in advance, and then improve the level of port services. Also, a recursive algorithm based solution method and a parallel computing based solution method are proposed for solving the problem. Computational test is conducted on different scales and the results show the effectiveness of the proposed solution approach.
    Keywords: Liner shipping time; Probability statistics; Estimating; Recursive algorithm; Parallel computing.

  • Collaborative stowage planning problem for a liner ship   Order a copy of this article
    by Wen Yi, Yi Hu, Miao Li, Lu Zhen 
    Abstract: This paper investigates a stowage planning problem, in which a liner ship will visit a sequence of ports, the number of available quay cranes in ports and the numbers of loading/unloading containers in ports are uncertain. This stowage planning problem is about how to assign the loaded containers to the bays of the ship with considering uncertain information in the future, so as to minimize the sum of the expected quay crane handling time at the ports. Based on stochastic programming, a two-stage decision model is proposed for this problem. A particle swarm optimization based solution method is developed to solve the model for large-scale problem instances. Numerical experiments are conducted to validate the effectiveness of the proposed model and the efficiency of the proposed solution method.
    Keywords: Port operations; Stowage planning; Container liner ship; Maritime logistics.

Special Issue on: Decision Analytics in Port and Shipping Logistics

  • A statistical forecasting model applied at container throughput in a multi-port gateway system: the Barcelona-Tarragona-Valencia case.   Order a copy of this article
    by Manel Grifoll 
    Abstract: This contribution investigates the container throughput flow in a multi-port gateway system: Barcelona-Tarragona-Valencia (BTV). First, the paper examine the recent dynamics of the total and transshipment flow showing a relevant shifting of traffic share from Barcelona to Valencia. A statistical model based on a two-state Markov model in conjunction with a Monte Carlo experiments is implemented to estimate the predictions of container throughput in BTV system. Verification tests shows how the predictions are reasonable good with an error metrics similar to other methods based on time series analysis. The method is considered suitable for short-term forecasting with a strong potential to be used as a complement of qualitative methods due to the statistical nature of the results. The implementation of the method considers separately the import/export and transhipment container throughput revealing a differentiate dynamics in both container flows. The transhipment flow is more volatile and induce more data dispersion in the container throughput predictions.
    Keywords: Markov chain; traffic predictions; Monte Carlo method; TEU; transshipment.