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Analysis and modelling of the inland container ship stowage process: A case study

Roest, W. Analysis and modelling of the inland container ship stowage process: A case study. Master's Thesis / Essay, Industrial Engineering and Management.


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The rapidly growing containerization, related volumes and increased complexity has triggered terminal operators and shipping companies to invest in new technologies to improve the container handlings and operational efficiency. For example, in inland shipping, several operations and related challenges exist, which need the development of decision support tools. Among those the stowage process, defined as the exact positioning of containers on board to reach stability, is a complex problem which, to our knowledge, is still performed manually and driven by the experience of the decision makers. Also, literature partially addresses this challenging problem. Hence, in this paper we first study the stowage process for inland shipping barges in depth and thereafter identify and mathematically model all the possible constraints during the stowage process of a barge. This work is supported by a case study of a real-world barge. The barges features are available to us and it typically sails from the port of Rotterdam to an inland terminal located in Veghel. By means of an experimental framework based on real world instances, we test the mathematical model and its complexity. The mathematical model lays a foundation for the replacement of the current trial and error methods, used by skippers of barges, for a computer program creating the optimal stowage plan.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Supervisor name: Fazi, S. and Szirbik, N.B.
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 12:21
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 09:50

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