Container Handling in Automated Yard Blocks
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Container Handling in Automated Yard Blocks : An Integrative Approach Based on Time Information

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The yard block of a container terminal is the central point of synchronisation for asynchronous container flows between deep-sea vessels and transport to the hinterland. The structure of the block stipulates that containers are stacked on top of each other with only the topmost container directly accessible by a yard crane. This book describes a holistic and integrative approach to container handling in yard blocks to optimise productivity by minimising re-handling operations. The results provide insights for academic scholars as well as for experts from practical terminal planning and operations. The approach presented is two-fold: first, a theoretical foundation of the interdependencies in decision-making is established using mathematical programming. Secondly, operations involving uncertain container arrival information are examined on the basis of a simulation with a rigorous experimental design and statistical evaluation. In this context, the book develops container-handling strategies and analyses the impact of a system for vehicle arrival management - the "Terminal Appointment System". The findings presented in this book are the result of a close cooperation with experts at the port of Hamburg and build on previous research.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 313 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 19.05mm | 670g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2019
  • 33 Tables, color; 78 Illustrations, color; 8 Illustrations, black and white; XX, 313 p. 86 illus., 78 illus. in color.
  • 3030052907
  • 9783030052904

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​The yard block of a container terminal is the central point of synchronisation for asynchronous container flows between deep-sea vessels and transport to the hinterland. The structure of the block stipulates that containers are stacked on top of each other with only the topmost container directly accessible by a yard crane. This book describes a holistic and integrative approach to container handling in yard blocks to optimise productivity by minimising re-handling operations. The results provide insights for academic scholars as well as for experts from practical terminal planning and operations. The approach presented is two-fold: first, a theoretical foundation of the interdependencies in decision-making is established using mathematical programming. Secondly, operations involving uncertain container arrival information are examined on the basis of a simulation with a rigorous experimental design and statistical evaluation. In this context, the book develops container-handling strategies and analyses the impact of a system for vehicle arrival management - the "Terminal Appointment System". The findings presented in this book are the result of a close cooperation with experts at the port of Hamburg and build on previous research.
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Table of contents

Introduction to Container Handling Research.- Container Terminal Environment.- Container Handling in the Yard Area.- Literature Review on Container Handling in the Yard Area.- Integrated Container Handling.- Algorithmic Analysis Based on the Problem Decomposability.- Re-marshalling Problem.- Terminal Appointment System.- Interaction Effects of Yard Block Properties, Re-marshalling and TAS.- Conclusion and Recommendations for Efficient Container Handling.
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About Filip Covic

Filip Covic is an industrial engineer and was a research assistant at the Institute for Operations Research at the University of Hamburg where he received his PhD in 2018.
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