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New optimization models for empty container management

Di Francesco, Massimo (2007) New optimization models for empty container management. [Doctoral Thesis]

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the reasons why nowadays empty container repositioning represents a crucial issue for the shipping industry. Moreover, taking into account information collected through surveys and meetings with industrial experts, we provide a broad overview of current logistic practices for the management of empty containers in the context of international trade. We develop new optimization models in order to support shipping companies in dealing with empty container repositioning. We determine optimal repositioning plans within the time limits imposed by planning operations. Some optimization models have been tested on real data problems provided by a shipping company. These results show that it is possible to achieve significant savings in costs and times requested to determine repositioning plans

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis
Date:01 February 2007
Tutor:Olivo, Alessandro, Zuddas, Paola
PhD classes:Ciclo 19 > Ingegneria del territorio
Institution:Universita' degli Studi di Cagliari
Divisions:Dipartimenti (fino a dicembre 2011) > Dipartimento di Ingegneria del territorio
Subjects:Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/05 Trasporti
Uncontrolled Keywords:Empty container logistics
ID Code:107
Deposited On:03 Nov 2008 11:20

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