OR Spectrum

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 3–49

Container terminal operation and operations research - a classification and literature review

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00291-003-0157-z

Cite this article as:
Steenken, D., Voß, S. & Stahlbock, R. OR Spectrum (2004) 26: 3. doi:10.1007/s00291-003-0157-z

Abstract.

In the last four decades the container as an essential part of a unit-load-concept has achieved undoubted importance in international sea freight transportation. With ever increasing containerization the number of seaport container terminals and competition among them have become quite remarkable. Operations are nowadays unthinkable without effective and efficient use of information technology as well as appropriate optimization (operations research) methods. In this paper we describe and classify the main logistics processes and operations in container terminals and present a survey of methods for their optimization.

Keywords:

Container terminalLogisticsPlanningOptimizationHeuristicsSimulation

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IS - Information Systems/Equipment ControlHamburger Hafen- und Lagerhaus AGHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Information Systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik)University of HamburgHamburgGermany