Chapter 4Solutions to the Decisions: Review and Suggestions

DOI: 10.1201/​9781003308386-5

In the previous chapter, we formulated the decisions in container terminals as Constraint Satisfaction Optimization Problems (CSOPs). To recapitulate, these decisions are:

  • Allocation of berths to arriving vessels and Quay Cranes (QC) to docked vessels.

  • Storage space assignment.

  • Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane deployment.

  • Scheduling and routing of vehicles.

  • Appointment times to eXternal Trucks.

This chapter aims to discuss solution methods to the decisions. There are three main challenges associated with providing practical software for the decision-making: (a) simulating a container terminal, (b) selecting a design architecture, and (c) choosing appropriate ...

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