Collaborative stowage planning problem for a liner ship

Wen Yi, Wencheng Wang, Yi Hu, Miao Li, Lu Zhen

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This paper investigates a stowage planning problem, in which a liner ship will visit a sequence of ports, the number of available quay cranes in ports and the numbers of loading/unloading containers in ports are uncertain. This stowage planning problem is about how to assign the loaded containers to the bays of the ship considering uncertain information in the future, so as to minimise the sum of the expected quay crane handling time at the ports. Based on stochastic programming, a two-stage decision model is proposed for this problem. A particle swarm optimisation based solution method is developed to solve the model for large-scale problem instances. Numerical experiments are conducted to validate the effectiveness of the proposed model and the efficiency of the proposed solution method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-195
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Container liner ship
  • Maritime logistics
  • Port operations
  • Stowage planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Transportation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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