Container routing in liner shipping

Shuaian Wang, Qiang Meng, Zhuo Sun

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Container paths play an important role in liner shipping services with container transshipment operations. In the literature, link-based multi-commodity flow formulations are widely used for container routing. However, they have two deficiencies: the level of service in terms of the origin-to-destination transit time is not incorporated and maritime cabotage may be violated. To overcome these deficiencies, we first present an operational network representation of a liner shipping network. Based on the network, an integer linear programming model is formulated to obtain container paths with minimum cost. Finally, we add constraints to the integer linear programming model, excluding those paths already obtained, so as to find all the container paths.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Container routing
  • Liner shipping
  • Maritime cabotage
  • Transit time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


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