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Title: Assessing performance of container slot allocation heuristics
Language: English
Authors: Kastner, Marvin  
Peters, Malte 
Jahn, Carlos 
Editor: Jahn, Carlos 
Kersten, Wolfgang  
Ringle, Christian M.  
Keywords: Port Logistics
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2021
Publisher: epubli
Source: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 32: 427-454 (2021)
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 32
Abstract (english): 
Purpose: In the last decades, the transport capacities of container vessels have tremendously increased. This leads to longer berth times and greater peak loads at container terminals, especially when schedules are perturbed. Thus, existing container handling processes need to be re-evaluated regarding their adequacy.
Methodology: In the first step, the current literature is reviewed: which methods have been used for container slot allocation? In the second step, a simulation study is set up to compare two rule-based heuristics of Güven and Türsel Eliiyi (2014; 2019) with Levelling Stacking and Random Stacking.
Findings: It is shown that the two rule-based heuristics of Güven and Türsel Eliiyi lead to shorter berth times than Levelling Stacking or Random Stacking. At the same time, the last two approaches show a clear superiority in workload balancing. The joint storage of container groups at Güven and Türsel Eliiyi leads to congestion at the stacking cranes in both cases for peak loads.
Originality: This study is the first to compare these four stacking policies. For generating realistic container flows, data from an existing container terminal have been used. Previously unreported performance indicators are used for comparison. Thus, this study provides new insights for improved rule-based heuristics in future.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2021 
DOI: 10.15480/882.4003
ISBN: 978-3-754927-71-7
ISSN: 2365-5070
Institute: Maritime Logistik W-12 
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
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