Title: Port hinterland intermodal container flow optimisation with green concerns: a literature review and research agenda
Authors: Jasmine Siu Lee Lam; Yimiao Gu
Addresses: Division of Infrastructure Systems and Maritime Studies, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, N1, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore ' Division of Infrastructure Systems and Maritime Studies, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, N1, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore
Abstract: The closer link between ports and supply chain leads to a growing research area - port hinterland intermodal development. Focusing on the literature with mathematical models, the purpose of this paper is to categorise and analyse earlier research contributions on intermodal container flow optimisation, to identify the research trends and gaps, and to suggest future research directions. Results show that future research should focus on global intermodal container flow optimisation, addressing the approaches of ports integrating into such global intermodal chain taken green issues into account. There is substantial need for research addressing greening the intermodal network and sustainable development. Providing cost effective solutions alone in optimisation problem is rather traditional and one-sided. Those market players possessing commercially viable capabilities and also environmental responsibilities would gain a competitive advantage in future dynamic business environment. Bi-objective or multi-objective optimisation would be more suitable to actual situations.
Keywords: intermodal transportation; intermodal networks; container flow optimisation; port hinterland; supply chain management; SCM; green concerns; sustainable development; sustainability; literature review; research agenda; mathematical modelling; environmental responsibility.
International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2013 Vol.5 No.3, pp.257 - 281
Received: 25 Apr 2012
Accepted: 04 Nov 2012
Published online: 28 May 2013 *