Global intermodal liner shipping network design

Zhiyuan Liu, Qiang Meng, Shuaian Wang, Zhuo Sun

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This paper presents a holistic analysis for the network design problem of the intermodal liner shipping system. Existing methods for liner shipping network design mainly deal with port-to-port demand. However, most of the demand has inland origins and/or destinations. Thus, it is necessary to cope with inland origin-destination (OD) pairs involving a change in transport mode from inland transportation to maritime shipping. A method is first proposed to convert inland OD demand to port-to-port demand. Then, a framework for global intermodal liner shipping network design is proposed. Finally, the proposed methodology is applied to and numerically verified by a large-scale network example.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-39
Number of pages12
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Destination-based model
  • Intermodal transport
  • Large-scale applications
  • Liner shipping system
  • Network design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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