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Title: Integrated planning of loaded and empty container movements
Authors: BRAEKERS, Kris 
CARIS, An 
JANSSENS, Gerrit 
Issue Date: 2013
Source: OR SPECTRUM, 35 (2), p. 457-478
Abstract: Efficiently planning drayage operations is an important task for transportation companies since these operations constitute a large part of the cost of an intermodal transport. In this paper a full truckload vehicle routing problem for transporting loaded and empty containers in drayage operations is studied. For empty container transports either the origin or the destination is not predefined. The problem is formulated as an asymmetric multiple vehicle Travelling Salesman Problem with Time Windows (am-TSPTW). Two solution approaches are proposed: a sequential and an integrated approach. For both approaches, a single and a two-phase deterministic annealing algorithm are presented. Results show that the proposed algorithms are able to find good quality solutions in a small amount of computation time. The integrated approach clearly outperforms the sequential one and the results confirm the advantage of using a two-phase algorithm for vehicle routing problems with hierarchical objectives. Finally, it is shown that the proposed integrated solution method improves previous results on a similar problem.
Keywords: Vehicle routing; Empty containers; Drayage; Deterministic Annealing
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/14633
ISSN: 0171-6468
e-ISSN: 1436-6304
DOI: 10.1007/s00291-012-0284-5
ISI #: 000314845900006
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2014
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