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Analysing the modal shift from road-based to coastal shipping-based distribution – a case study of outbound automotive logistics in India

17 Feb 2020-Maritime Policy & Management (Informa UK Limited)-Vol. 47, Iss: 2, pp 273-286
TL;DR: The results of the study suggest that the current business and regulatory environment is appropriate to achieve almost one-third shift to intermodal coastal shipping, although investments in infrastructure and substantial cost reductions in ship and port operations need to be implemented to ensure further modal shift.

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Abstract: This paper analyses the modal shift from a primary road-based to coastal shipping-based freight distribution. A mathematical model is developed to optimize the coastal shipping route planni...

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TL;DR: This paper addresses a multi-modal distribution network design problem with the aim of balancing the trade-off between economic and environmental benefits, and proposes a new mixed integer programming (MIP) model which decides the optimal design of the system.

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Abstract: Multi-modal transportation takes advantage of multiple transport modes and can be an effective way to ease the negative environmental effects of freight transportation. This paper addresses a multi-modal distribution network design problem with the aim of balancing the trade-off between economic and environmental benefits. The distribution network that we consider includes both transportation with trucks and ships. We propose a new mixed integer programming (MIP) model which decides the optimal design of the system, i.e. how many ships of each type to use, their corresponding routes and sailing speeds. It also suggests an optimal cargo flow through the maritime and road-based network. We show how the MIP model can be used to provide decision support through a case study from the distribution of automobiles in India, which has a vast coastline that can be used for maritime transportation. Environmental emissions from automobile transportation in India have been rapidly increasing in recent years with the fast economic development, and it has become a major contributor to regional air pollution and road congestion. One possible way to ease these negative environmental consequences is to consider a modal shift where some of the automobile transportation from the production facilities located close to the coastline is replaced by roll-on roll-off (RoRo) ships. Our study shows that multi-modal distribution is both environmentally friendly and economically beneficial, especially if more industrial players can collaborate to create economies of scale.

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5 citations


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Yanshuo Sun1, Sajeeb Kirtonia1, Zhi-Long Chen2Institutions (2)
TL;DR: This survey paper critiques the optimization studies on the distribution of finished vehicles from automobile manufacturers to dealers in the past three decades and proposes promising prospective research to minimize the gap between industrial practice and academic research.

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Abstract: In this survey paper, we critique the optimization studies on the distribution of finished vehicles from automobile manufacturers to dealers in the past three decades and propose promising prospective research to minimize the gap between industrial practice and academic research. First, we identify major decision makers involved in automobile distribution, summarize service models, and briefly describe the automobile shipping practice by transportation mode. After defining the automobile shipping optimization problem at the operational level, we present the automobile distribution problem taxonomy by classifying existing studies by the level of decision making, mode of transportation, and type of optimization decisions. Each subcategory of studies is reviewed in detail through comparisons by objective function, constraints, formulation, solution algorithm, and test instances. We conclude this survey paper by summarizing major review outcomes and proposing potential research directions. This survey will stimulate interested transportation researchers to conduct further research to keep pace with the rapid evolution of the automobile shipping practice.

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4 citations


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01 Jan 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: The main aim of the article is to present an analysis of the current challenges and threats to the Transport-Forwarding-Logistics (TFL) sector in Poland based on internet surveys. The aim of the article is, therefore, to investigate whether the challenges and threats described by managers in a two-year perspective are related to sustainable development. This area primarily concerns external conditions. On the other hand, in the surveys that were the subjects of the analyses, a section related to sustainable development in economic, environmental, and social terms was identified, in which the focus was primarily on the internal activities of the company. The article has a practical dimension. The article analyzes comments from managers posted in an internet survey. They constitute a separate part of the questionnaire, which mainly concerns financial indicators and other factors that determine the company’s competitiveness. Half of the respondents are companies with foreign capital, and half-Polish companies. Based on the comments over a three-year period with over sixty managers from logistics companies in Poland, an analysis of the most important challenges that companies in the logistics industry have to face in the near future was presented. The survey is a part of a broader research project that has been conducted in the form of a quantitative survey among approximately sixty TFL companies for twenty-five years on an annual basis. The results of the survey are supplemented with an attempt to analyze the current situation in 2020 related to the impending economic recession as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat. The surveyed companies constitute a significant part of the TFL market in Poland. Thus, they are the benchmark for the entire industry. Therefore, an important value of the presented analysis is the up-to-date research, as well as the ability to relate the results and developed scenarios to the entire TFL sector.

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4 citations


Book ChapterDOI
Joachim R. Daduna1Institutions (1)
28 Sep 2020-
TL;DR: The discussions regarding the existing automated and autonomous vehicles in the field of the main freight transport modes as well as possible developments will be presented and considered in the light of future demand structures.

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Abstract: The development of mobility has always had a considerable influence on economic, social and political structures. Without efficient transport systems, the industrial revolutions of the last centuries would not have been possible or only to a much lesser extent. With the advancing digitalization and the development of automated and autonomous vehicles, new framework conditions are emerging, which are leading to far-reaching changes in the transport sector. In this contribution, the discussions regarding the existing automated and autonomous vehicles in the field of the main freight transport modes as well as possible developments will be presented and considered in the light of future demand structures.

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TL;DR: This work reviews research on ship routing and scheduling and related problems during the new millennium and provides four basic models in this domain and over a hundred new refereed papers on this topic during the last decade.

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Abstract: We review research on ship routing and scheduling and related problems during the new millennium and provide four basic models in this domain. The volume of research in this area about doubles every decade as does the number of research outlets. We have found over a hundred new refereed papers on this topic during the last decade. Problems of wider scope have been addressed as well as more specialized ones. However, complex critical problems remain wide open and provide challenging opportunities for future research.

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445 citations


"Analysing the modal shift from road..." refers background in this paper

  • ...Several excellent surveys exist within liner shipping network design, see for instance Brouer et al. (2013), Christiansen et al. (2013) and (Meng et al. 2013)....

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TL;DR: Research on containership routing and scheduling lags behind practice, especially in the face of the fast growth of the container shipping industry and the advancement of operations research and computer technology, so this paper is to stimulate more practically relevant research in this emerging area.

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Abstract: This paper reviews studies from the past 30 years that use operations research methods to tackle containership routing and scheduling problems at the strategic, tactical, and operational planning levels. These problems are first classified and summarized, with a focus on model formulations, assumptions, and algorithm design. The paper then gives an overview of studies on containership fleet size and mix, alliance strategy, and network design at the strategic level; frequency determination, fleet deployment, speed optimization, and schedule design at the tactical level; and container booking and routing and ship rescheduling at the operational level. The paper further elaborates on the needs of the liner container shipping industry and notes the gap between existing academic studies and industrial practices. Research on containership routing and scheduling lags behind practice, especially in the face of the fast growth of the container shipping industry and the advancement of operations research and computer technology. The purpose of this paper is to stimulate more practically relevant research in this emerging area.

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301 citations


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Kjetil Fagerholt1Institutions (1)
TL;DR: A solution method consisting of three phases finds both the optimal fleet and the coherent routes for the fleet by solving a set partitioning problem.

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Abstract: The problem of deciding an optimal fleet (the type of ships and the number of each type) in a real liner shipping problem is considered. The liner shipping problem is a multi-trip vehicle routing problem, and consists of deciding weekly routes for the selected ships. A solution method consisting of three phases is presented. In phase 1, all feasible single routes are generated for the largest ship available. Some of these routes will use only a small portion of the ship’s capacity and can be performed by smaller ships at less cost. This fact is used when calculating the cost of each route. In phase 2, the single routes generated in phase 1 are combined into multiple routes. By solving a set partitioning problem (phase 3), where the columns are the routes generated in phases 1 and 2, we find both the optimal fleet and the coherent routes for the fleet.

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209 citations


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  • ...Fagerholt (1999) considers determining an optimal fleet size and mix and the design of a liner network for a feeder transportation system for transportation of containers between ports along the Norwegian ports to/from the European Continent....

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TL;DR: The liner-shipping network design problem is proved to be strongly NP-hard and a benchmark suite of data instances to reflect the business structure of a global liner shipping network is presented.

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Abstract: The liner-shipping network design problem is to create a set of nonsimple cyclic sailing routes for a designated fleet of container vessels that jointly transports multiple commodities. The objective is to maximize the revenue of cargo transport while minimizing the costs of operation. The potential for making cost-effective and energy-efficient liner-shipping networks using operations research OR is huge and neglected. The implementation of logistic planning tools based upon OR has enhanced performance of airlines, railways, and general transportation companies, but within the field of liner shipping, applications of OR are scarce. We believe that access to domain knowledge and data is a barrier for researchers to approach the important liner-shipping network design problem. The purpose of the benchmark suite and the paper at hand is to provide easy access to the domain and the data sources of liner shipping for OR researchers in general. We describe and analyze the liner-shipping domain applied to network design and present a rich integer programming model based on services that constitute the fixed schedule of a liner shipping company. We prove the liner-shipping network design problem to be strongly NP-hard. A benchmark suite of data instances to reflect the business structure of a global liner shipping network is presented. The design of the benchmark suite is discussed in relation to industry standards, business rules, and mathematical programming. The data are based on real-life data from the largest global liner-shipping company, Maersk Line, and supplemented by data from several industry and public stakeholders. Computational results yielding the first best known solutions for six of the seven benchmark instances is provided using a heuristic combining tabu search and heuristic column generation.

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198 citations


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A.C Paixão1, Peter Bernard Marlow1Institutions (1)
01 May 2002-Marine Policy
Abstract: The past, present and expected future growth rates of freight transport have led the European Union to promote a common transport policy supporting the shift of goods from road to sea, thereby making use of the latter's underused available capacity. Therefore, the provision of a door-to-door transport service, where a sea-leg is introduced, requires both the complementarity of the other modes of transport and the implementation of the concept of mode interoperability. The latter provides for the smooth transfer of goods since wastes, which are represented in terms of friction costs, are eliminated or reduced to a minimum. However, to implement that shift it is necessary to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of short sea shipping (SSS), so that the right strategies are identified, though a list of possible measures to utilise this mode has already been identified. A new approach to SSS is also introduced to clarify some concepts attached to it.

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168 citations


"Analysing the modal shift from road..." refers background in this paper

  • ...Paixaõ and Marlow (2002) discuss the strengths and weaknesses of short sea shipping with an aim to help identify the right strategies....

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