Simultaneous optimization of schedule coordination and cargo allocation for liner container shipping networks

Hua Wang, Shuaian Wang, Qiang Meng

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A liner container shipping carrier usually collects immediately-delivered goods that are produced by manufacturers in world factories, and transports the products to worldwide market destination by offering weekly shipping service. In practice, the carrier has to consider extra demurrage cost of containerized cargos incurred from waiting for weekly shipping service at ports. In this paper, we develop a mathematic programming model to maximize the carrier's profitability by simultaneously optimizing the ship route scheduling and interrelated cargo allocation scheme. The nonlinear optimization model is transformed into an equivalent mixed-integer linear program, and its applicability is demonstrated by a case study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-273
Number of pages13
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cargo allocation
  • Demurrage cost
  • Empty container reposition
  • Liner container shipping
  • Schedule coordination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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