Yard truck configurations for efficient operation of container terminals in Hong Kong

Z. X. Wang, Tung Sun Chan, Sai Ho Chung, B. Niu

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Abstract

There is significant fluctuation of container terminal throughput, hence it is inefficient to keep a full complement of yard trucks for meeting the transportation requirements. Large numbers of yard trucks not only increase the cost, but can also lead to congestion in both the yard and quay sides. Container terminals in Hong Kong choose to outsource extra yard trucks when the transportation requirements are increasing, so that the terminals do not need to purchase additional yard trucks. However, such a yard truck employment strategy presents a new practical problem that terminals need to solve. This paper studies the influence of yard truck configurations on the truck employment strategy combined with the yard truck scheduling and the storage allocation problem. This problem is solved by a proposed two-level heuristic approach. The computational experimental results show the effect of different yard truck configurations on terminal operation efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2014 International Conference on Information Science, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, ISEEE 2014
PublisherIEEE
Pages1435-1439
Number of pages5
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)9781479931965
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Information Science, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, ISEEE 2014 - Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan
Duration: 26 Apr 201428 Apr 2014

Conference

Conference2014 International Conference on Information Science, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, ISEEE 2014
CountryJapan
CitySapporo City, Hokkaido
Period26/04/1428/04/14

Keywords

  • container terminal
  • genetic algorithm
  • storage allocation
  • yard truck

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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