Berths are among the most important resources in a port. In this research we present an optimization-based approach for the berth scheduling problem, which is to determine the berthing time and space for each incoming ship. The neighborhood-search based heuristic treats the quay as a continuous space. In additional to basic physical requirements, this model takes several factors important in practice into consideration, including the first-come-first-served rule, clearance distance between ships, and possibility of ship shifting. Computational experience is provided.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science(all)
- Modelling and Simulation
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Information Systems and Management