Simulation model of yard truck double cycling to improve container terminal productivity

Essmeil Ahmed, Tarek Zayed, Sabah Alkass

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Abstract

In transhipment container terminals, minimizing vessel turnaround time (time to discharge and load vessels) is always the target of the container terminal operators. This time reduction can be achieved by improving one or more of the containers handling equipment’s or improving handling strategy. This research aims at maximizing the yard trucks productivity and minimizes the vessel turnaround time by introducing an efficient strategy of handling containers. This strategy based on combining the efforts of two quay cranes to work as a unit to be able to implement yard trucks double cycling. A computer simulation has been used to test the strategy. The Ezstrobe simulation reveals improvements in yard truck productivity when using double cycling comparing to single cycling. Moreover, a sensitivity analysis is implemented and the result indicates more efficiency when using 7 yard truck for storage yard located within a range of 500-1500 meters from the berth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International Conference on Harbor, Maritime and Multimodal Logistics Modeling and Simulation, HMS 2014
EditorsAGOSTINO G. BRUZZONE, DAVID DEL RIO VILAS, FRANCESCO LONGO, YURY MERKURYEV, MIQUEL ANGEL PIERA
PublisherI3M Conference
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9788897999393
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Harbor, Maritime and Multimodal Logistics Modeling and Simulation, HMS 2014 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: Sep 10 2014Sep 12 2014

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Harbour, Maritime and Multimodal Logistics Modelling and Simulation
ISSN (Print)2305-2104

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Harbor, Maritime and Multimodal Logistics Modeling and Simulation, HMS 2014
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityBordeaux
Period9/10/149/12/14

Keywords

  • Container terminal
  • Double Cycling
  • Simulation
  • Yard Truck

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Transportation
  • Modelling and Simulation

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