Title

Liner shipping service network design with empty container repositioning

RIS ID

73585

Publication Details

Meng, Q. & Wang, S. (2011). Liner shipping service network design with empty container repositioning. Transportation Research Part E, 47 (5), 695-708.

Abstract

This paper proposes a liner shipping service network design problem with combined hub-and-spoke and multi-port-calling operations and empty container repositioning. It first introduces a novel concept - segment - defined as a pair of ordered ports served by one shipping line and subsequently develops a mixed-integer linear programming model for the proposed problem. Extensive numerical experiments based on realistic Asia-Europe-Oceania shipping operations show that the proposed model can be efficiently solved by CPLEX for real-case problems. They also demonstrate the potential for large costsavings over pure hub-and-spoke or pure multi-port-calling network, or network without considering empty container repositioning.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tre.2011.02.004