Title: A simulation approach in estimating the impact of channel on port capacity

Authors: Ang Li, Loo-Hay Lee, Ek-Peng Chew, Kok-Choon Tan

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, Engineering Drive 2, 117576 Singapore. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, Engineering Drive 2, 117576 Singapore. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, Engineering Drive 2, 117576 Singapore. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, Engineering Drive 2, 117576 Singapore

Abstract: This paper addresses the impact of channel waterways on the overall port capacity. In particular, we proposed a definition and two performance measures that can be used to quantify this impact. We then developed a simulation model to simulate the channel activities for estimating the impact of channel under different operating conditions. The simulation results show that when port efficiency level increases, the channels will reduce the overall performance of the port, and thus become a bottleneck in the system.

Keywords: port simulation; channel capacity; operations research; channel waterways; port capacity; port efficiency; bottlenecks; container terminals; marine container ports; channel access.

DOI: 10.1504/WRITR.2007.017092

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 2007 Vol.1 No.4, pp.343 - 356

Available online: 12 Feb 2008 *

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