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Title: Liner container assignment model with transit-time-sensitive container shipment demand and its applications
Authors: Wang, S 
Meng, Q
Lee, CY
Keywords: Linear programing
Liner container assignment
Link-based formulation
Multicommodity network-flow problem with side constraints
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Transportation research. Part B, Methodological, 2016, v. 90, p. 135-155 How to cite?
Journal: Transportation research. Part B, Methodological 
Abstract: This paper proposes a practical tactical-level liner container assignment model for liner shipping companies, in which the container shipment demand is a non-increasing function of the transit time. Given the transit-time-sensitive demand, the model aims to determine which proportion of the demand to fulfill and how to transport these containers in a liner shipping network to maximize the total profit. Although the proposed model is similar to multi-commodity network-flow (MCNF) with side constraints, unlike the MCNF with time delay constraints or reliability constraints that is NP-hard, we show that the liner container assignment model is polynomially solvable due to its weekly schedule characteristics by developing two link-based linear programing formulations. A number of practical extensions and applications are analyzed and managerial insights are discussed. The polynomially solvable liner container assignment model is then applied to address several important decision problems proposed by a global liner shipping company.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/55764
ISSN: 0191-2615
EISSN: 1879-2367
DOI: 10.1016/j.trb.2016.04.014
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