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Title: Network analysis of container barge transport in the port of Antwerp by means of simulation
Authors: CARIS, An 
Macharis, C.
JANSSENS, Gerrit 
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Source: JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT GEOGRAPHY, 19(1). p. 125-133
Abstract: Inland navigation plays an important role in the hinterland access of the port of Antwerp. In this paper alternative bundling strategies for container barge transport in the port of Antwerp are analyzed. Four alternative hub scenarios are simulated and compared with the current situation with respect to the operational characteristics of the network. Discrete event simulation is used to analyze the impact on waiting times and capacity utilization at potential hubs and at sea terminals. The hub scenarios under investigation are the organization of an intermodal barge hub on the right river bank, an intermodal hub on the left river bank, a first multihub scenario with a local collection/distribution network and a potentially improved multihub scenario taking into account the specific structure of the port of Antwerp. The second multihub scenario offers most opportunities for reducing the turnaround time of all inland terminals. All hub scenarios lead to important efficiency improvements in the handling of barges at sea terminals. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Caris, A.; Janssens, G. K.] Hasselt Univ, Transportat Res Inst, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Macharis, C.] Vrije Univ Brussel, Dept MOSI Transport & Logist, Managementsch Solvay, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.
Keywords: Inland navigation; Bundling; Hinterland access; Discrete event simulation
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/11825
ISSN: 0966-6923
e-ISSN: 1873-1236
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2009.12.002
ISI #: 000285953000012
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2012
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