Methods for strategic liner shipping network design

Judith Mulder, Rommert Dekker

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In this paper the combined fleet-design, ship-scheduling and cargo-routing problem with limited availability of ships in liner shipping is considered. A composite solution approach is proposed in which the ports are first aggregated into port clusters to reduce the problem size. When the cargo flows are disaggregated, a feeder service network is introduced to ship the cargo within a port cluster. The solution method is tested on a problem instance containing 58 ports on the Asia–Europe trade lane of Maersk. The best obtained profit gives an improvement of more than 10% compared to the reference network based on the Maersk network.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-377
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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