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Publisher DOI: 10.1155/2016/3847163
Title: Empty container management at ports considering pollution, repair options, and street-turns
Language: English
Authors: Sáinz Bernat, Norberto 
Schulte, Frederik 
Voß, Stefan 
Böse, Jürgen W. 
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2016
Publisher: Hindawi
Source: Mathematical Problems in Engineering ; vol. 2016, Article ID 3847163
Abstract (english): 
International trade imbalances make the management of empty containers within shipping networks an important economic and ecological problem. While import-dominated ports accumulate large amounts of empty containers, export-dominated ports need them as transport resources, requiring a repositioning transportation of empty containers on the sea and land side. Acknowledging the importance of the problem, plenty of respective literature has appeared. Since periodic review inventory management systems allow to model the inherent stochasticity of empty container transportation, they have emerged as a major solution approach in the domain. Nevertheless, existing approaches often omit crucial economic and ecological real world conditions determining the success of empty container management. Pollution, repair options, and street-turns are important aspects in this context. In this work, we present new stochastic review policies incorporating a realistic allocation scheme for empty container emissions, realistic maintenance, and repair options as well as street-turns. We analyze the optimality of the proposed polices and evaluate them in a simulation model with metaheuristic parameter search based on extensive real-world data from a major global shipping company operating in Latin America. Results provide insights for academics and practitioners about the economic and ecological impact of the distinct empty container management polices within a shipping network.
DOI: 10.15480/882.1340
ISSN: 1563-5147
Journal: Mathematical problems in engineering 
Institute: Maritime Logistik W-12 
Document Type: Article
Project: Open Access Publizieren 2016 - 2017 / Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg 
License: CC BY 4.0 (Attribution) CC BY 4.0 (Attribution)
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