The increasing capacity of container vessels is pressuring container terminals worldwide to improve their performance. Simple improvements of work practices are no longer a viable option even for the medium and small container terminals we find in Denmark. With this project we wish to initiate a pilot study on the possibility of improving terminal performance by exploiting the flexibility that arises from a possible collaboration between the terminal planners and the ship owners. A preliminary study, done in collaboration with APM Ter- minals – Cargo Service A/S (APMT) in Aarhus, has shown that giving the terminal some decision power over the arrangement of the containers in the vessel can result in improved vessel handling times. With this research application we wish to initiate a pilot project that can demonstrate the potential of this collaboration on an industrial scale. In order to do so, APMT has agreed to provide data and domain expertise to the research team at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and be an active partner in this project. The research team envision the use of operation research methods to optimize the new planning problems that arise from this collaboration.
|Effective start/end date||01/04/2017 → 01/04/2018|