Title: A dynamic routing system for short sea shipping following ship immobilisation

Authors: Konstantinos Chainas

Addresses: Athens University of Economics and Business, 15o Km Chalkidas – Anthidonas, 34100, Loukisia Evias, Greece

Abstract: There are many uncertainty factors within a decision-support system for maritime transport that dynamically affect such a system. The scope of this paper is to investigate the impact of such factors on the system operation and terms enabling alternative route scenarios to effectively treat the impact of the respective uncertainty factors. The case that we consider is that of a ship experiencing insurmountable problems (e.g., damage) during operation and being forced to stop; it cannot then serve subsequent ports on its route. We attempt to find alternatives provided by the system to support decisions by presenting an algorithm for the optimal dynamic rearrangement of schedules of other ships to meet the demand after a vessel's immobilisation.

Keywords: vehicle breakdown; dynamic routing; vehicle immobilisation; ship rescheduling; guided algorithm; short sea shipping; ship immobilisation; decision support systems; DSS; maritime transport; uncertainty; vessel immobilisation; ship scheduling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBSR.2017.080854

International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 2017 Vol.11 No.1/2, pp.198 - 212

Received: 20 Oct 2015
Accepted: 30 Mar 2016

Published online: 09 Dec 2016 *

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