Ship type decision considering empty container repositioning and foldable containers

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Journal Article
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Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 2017, 108 pp. 97 - 121
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2017-12-01
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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd This paper addresses a problem of ship type decision considering empty container repositioning and foldable containers, which determines the capacity of ships deployed in a given shipping route at a tactical level and empty container repositioning between ports at an operational level. It considers the use of foldable containers and aims to find under what conditions, a shipping liner needs to use the foldable containers. To solve the problem, we formulate a network flow model with a revised network simplex algorithm, based on which an exact solution approach is designed to determine the optimal ship type.
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