Performance Improvement through a Marshaling Yard Storage Area in a Container Port Using Optimization via Simulation Technique (Case Study at Shahid Rajaee Container Port)

Document Type: Original Manuscript

Authors

Islamic Azad University (Qazvin Branch)

Abstract

Container ports have been faced under increasing development during last 10 years. In such systems, the container transportation system has the most important effect on the total system. Therefore, there is a continuous need for the optimal use of equipment and facilities in the ports. Regarding the several complicated structure and activities in container ports, this paper evaluates and compares two different storage strategies for storing containers in the yard. To do so and covering all actual stochastic events occur in the system, a simulation model of the real system was developed using loading and unloading norms as important criteria to evaluate the performance of Shahid Rajaee container port. By replicating the simulation model and considering the two strategies, it has been shown that using a marshaling yard policy has a significant effect on the performance level of the port which leads to cost reductions.

Highlights

  • This paper evaluates and compares two different storage strategies for storing containers in the yard
  • A simulation model of a real system (Shahid Rajaee container port) is developed
  • Using a marshaling yard policy has a significant effect on the performance level of the port

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