Liner Shipping Network Design

Marielle Christiansen, Erik Orm Hellsten, David Pisinger*, David Sacramento Lechado, Charlotte Vilhelmsen

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Liner shipping is the service of transporting large volumes of cargo using ocean-going vessels, sailing regular routes on fixed schedules. Designing a good network is a complex task, in which many aspects have to be taken into account. We give a brief introduction to containerised liner shipping, RoRo liner shipping, and network design. We also introduce the LINER-LIB test instances for network design in containerised liner shipping. The most common network design models for containerised liner shipping are presented, including, integrated Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) models, and two-stage algorithms where the service generation and the flowing of containers are separated into two steps. We conclude the chapter by discussing future trends in liner shipping, indicating directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetwork Design with Applications to Transportation and Logistics
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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