We introduce simple rules for quay cranes to handle containers along a berth where vessels arrive continuously in time. We first analyze a model where workload is continuous. Our analysis shows that if the system is configured properly, it will always converge to a state with the maximum possible throughput regardless of external disruptions or changes in workload. Numerical simulations based on a discrete workload model suggest that, by following the same rules, the system can still converge to state with throughput that is very close to its upper bound.
|Advisor:||Lim, Yun Fong|
|School:||Singapore Management University (Singapore)|
|Department:||Lee Kong Chian School of Business|
|School Location:||Republic of Singapore|
|Source:||MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Transportation planning, Operations research|
|Keywords:||Bucket brigades, Container terminals, Quay crane scheduling, Self-organizing systems|
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