Agent based simulation architecture for evaluating operational policies in transshipping containers

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Lawrence Henesey, Paul Davidsson, Jan A. Persson
Title: Agent based simulation architecture for evaluating operational policies in transshipping containers
Journal: AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS
Conference name: 4th German Conference on Multiagent Systems Technologies Erfurt, GERMANY, SEP 19-20, 2006
Year: 2009
Volume: 18
Issue: 2
Pagination: 220-238
ISSN: 1387-2532
Publisher: Springer
URI/DOI: 10.1007/s10458-008-9044-y
ISI number: 000262551800002
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/com
Language: English
Abstract: An agent based simulator for evaluating operational policies in the transshipment of containers in a container terminal is described. The simulation tool, called SimPort, is a decentralized approach to simulating managers and entities in a container terminal. Real data from two container terminals are used as input for evaluating eight transshipment policies. The policies concern the sequencing of ships, berth allocation, and stacking rule. They are evaluated with respect to a number of aspects, such as, turn-around time for ships and traveled distance of straddle carriers. The simulation results indicate that a good choice in yard stacking and berthing position policies can lead to faster ship turn-around times. For instance, in the terminal studied the Overall-Time-Shortening policy offers fast turn-around times when combined with a Shortest-Job-First sequencing of arriving ships.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Agent-based simulation, Container terminal management, Policy evaluation
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