Fleet deployment, network design and hub location of liner shipping companies

Shahin Gelareh, David Pisinger

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    A mixed integer linear programming formulation is proposed for the simultaneous design of network and fleet deployment of a deep-sea liner service provider. The underlying network design problem is based on a 4-index (5-index by considering capacity type) formulation of the hub location problem which are known for their tightness. The demand is elastic in the sense that the service provider can accept any fraction of the origin–destination demand. We then propose a primal decomposition method to solve instances of the problem to optimality. Numerical results confirm superiority of our approach in comparison with a general-purpose mixed integer programming solver.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTransportation Research. Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)947–964
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • liner shipping
    • Benders decomposition
    • mixed integer programming
    • hub-and-spoke network design
    • fleet deployment
    • elastic demand


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