Title: Evaluation of ethanol multimodal transport logistics: a case in Brazil

Authors: André Martins; Peter F. Wanke; Henrique L. Corrêa

Addresses: Centre for Studies in Logistics, Infrastructure and Management, COPPEAD Graduate School of Business, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rua Pascoal Lemme, 355, Ilha do Fundão, Cidade Universitária, Rio de Janeiro, 21941-918, RJ, Brazil ' Centre for Studies in Logistics, Infrastructure and Management, COPPEAD Graduate School of Business, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rua Pascoal Lemme, 355, Ilha do Fundão, Cidade Universitária, Rio de Janeiro, 21941-918, RJ, Brazil ' Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, 1000, Holt Avenue, Winter Park, Florida, USA

Abstract: This paper evaluates a large ethanol multimodal logistics system in Brazil. This system conducts ethanol logistics activities using pipelines and waterways to supply Brazil's internal and export markets. A transhipment model is used for the treatment of logistic flows. A linear programming model was developed to determine the transhipment and replenishment flows from more than 400 ethanol plants to more than 70 terminals and distribution centres. We found that optimal results occur when pipeline and waterway systems reach full capacity by taking volume from road transportation on long distances, suggesting that these options have the potential to make the ethanol logistics in Brazil more efficient and competitive in the future.

Keywords: ethanol; transhipment; pipeline; waterways; linear programming.

DOI: 10.1504/IJOR.2020.107534

International Journal of Operational Research, 2020 Vol.38 No.3, pp.364 - 391

Received: 27 Dec 2016
Accepted: 09 Oct 2017

Published online: 16 Apr 2020 *

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