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Simulation-based optimization at container terminals: A literature review

Marvin Kastner, Hannah Pache and Carlos Jahn

A chapter in Digital Transformation in Maritime and City Logistics: Smart Solutions for Logistics, 2019, pp 112-135 from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Business Logistics and General Management

Abstract: Purpose: While simulation-based optimization has been discussed in theory and practically employed at container terminals, the different publications in this field have not yet been presented and compared in a structured manner. This paper gathers the latest developments and examine the similarities and differences of the provided approaches. Furthermore, research gaps are identified. Methodology: The recent literature of simulation-based optimization on container terminals is examined using a mapping review approach. Emphasis is laid on the covered problems, chosen meta-heuristics, and the shapes of the solution space. Findings: In the applied literature of container terminals genetic algorithms prevail, both for scheduling problems and for the determination of discrete and/or continuous parameters. Because of the no-free-lunch-theorem for optimization, it is open whether the chosen optimization approach serves the purpose best. Originality: To the best of our knowledge, the existing literature regarding simulation- based optimization at container terminals has never been addressed in a detailed overview. The elaborated comparison of the different publications leads to further research directions.

Keywords: Simulation-based optimization; Simulation-based optimisation; Container terminal; Maritime logistics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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