The Stowage Stack Minimization Problem with Zero Rehandle Constraint

  • Ning Wang
  • Zizhen Zhang
  • Andrew Lim
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8482)


The stowage stack minimization problem with zero rehandle constraint (SSMP-ZR) aims to find a minimum number of stacks to accommodate all the containers in a multi-port voyage without occurring container rehandles. In this paper, we first give the integer models of the SSMP-ZR (with uncapacitated and capacitated stack height). Next, heuristic algorithms are proposed to construct solutions to the SSMP-ZR. The theoretical performance guarantee of the algorithms is then discussed. To evaluate the actual performance of the algorithms, we conduct experiments on a set of instances with practical size. The results demonstrate that our heuristic approaches can generate very promising solutions compared with the random loading solutions and integer programming solutions by CPLEX.


container ship stowage planning stack minimization zero rehandle constructive heuristic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ning Wang
    • 1
  • Zizhen Zhang
    • 2
  • Andrew Lim
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Management SciencesCity University of Hong KongKowloon TongHong Kong
  2. 2.School of Mobile Information EngineeringSun Yat-sen UniversityZhuhaiChina
  3. 3.School of Management and EngineeringNanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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