The use of simulation to model the dispatch of inbound containers in port terminals

Martín Guillermo Cornejo Sarmiento, Eugenio Kahn Epprecht, Fernando Luiz Cyrino Oliveira, Annibal Theophilo Rodrigues Junior, Smith Washington Arauco Canchumuni

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Abstract

This paper describes a study of the dispatch planning/scheduling process for inbound containers handled with a reach stacker. Client container pickup is scheduled at least one day in advance for one of six two-hour time windows (six five-container-high stacks per time window) on a given day. A buffer area is available for the containers to be moved in when clients are being served. The aim of this study was to determine the conditions required to ensure that all the containers are dispatched within the scheduled time window and so meet the clients’ requirements. To this end, the performance indicators were identified and compared using simulations as an analytical tool. The results indicate that the shortest-processing-time (SPT) queueing discipline is preferable to the first come-first-served (FCFS) discipline and that client arrivals can usefully be restricted to periods shorter than two hours in order to meet container-dispatch and service-quality objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-175
Number of pages21
JournalPesquisa Operacional
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2019

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Cornejo Sarmiento, M. G., Kahn Epprecht, E., Cyrino Oliveira, F. L., Rodrigues Junior, A. T., & Arauco Canchumuni, S. W. (2019). The use of simulation to model the dispatch of inbound containers in port terminals. Pesquisa Operacional, 39(1), 155-175. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-7438.2019.039.01.0155