Robust optimisation of liner shipping network on Yangtze River with considering weather influences
by Zhongzhen Yang; Dongxu Chen
International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics (IJSTL), Vol. 9, No. 5, 2017

Abstract: With robust optimisation and considering the weather influences, liner shipping network on Yangtze River is designed. A model optimising shipping network is built based on the attributes of the river to determine the network, the fleet size and the operation frequency. To consider the bad weather, the robust optimisation method is used to evolve the former model to a robust one. A numerical examination is done by taking 12 ports and 28 cities along the river as the nodes. It is shown that only one type of vessel will be used if the weather influences are considered, while when the weather influences are not considered different types of vessels should be used in different river segments. In the robust network, containers may change from waterway to highway and the profit of waterway declines by 30.5%, while the reliability of the transportation in the region along the river increases by 25%.

Online publication date: Mon, 04-Sep-2017

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