Agent-Based Container Terminal Optimisation
Container terminals play a critical role in international shipping and are under pressure to cope with increasing container traffic. The problem of managing container terminals effectively has a number of characteristics which make agents a suitable technology to consider applying. Container terminals involve the operation of distributed entities (e.g. quay cranes, straddle carriers) which coordinate to achieve competing goals in a dynamic environment. This paper describes a joint industry-university project which has explored the applicability of agent technology to the domain of container terminal management. We describe a simulation platform of a container terminal based on the JADE agent framework, along with two optimisations that have been developed and integrated with the simulator: allocating container moves to machines through negotiation, and allocating containers to yard locations through an evolutionary algorithm.
KeywordsContainer Terminal Quay Crane Core Agent Local Port Container Move
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