Fuzzy optimization models for seaside port logistics: Berthing and quay crane scheduling

Christopher Expósito-Izquiero*, Eduardo Lalla-Ruiz, Teresa Lamata, Belén Melián-Batista, J. Marcos Moreno-Vega

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The service time of container vessels is the main indicator of the competitiveness of a maritime container terminal. Vessels have to be berthed along the quay, a subset of quay cranes must be assigned to them and work schedules have to be planned for unloading the import containers and loading the export containers. This work addresses the Tactical Berth Allocation Problem, in which the vessels are assigned to a given berth, and the Quay Crane Scheduling Problem, for which the work schedules of the quay cranes are determined. The nature of this environment gives rise to inaccurate knowledge about the information related to the incoming vessels. Therefore, the aforementioned optimization problems can be tackled by considering fuzzy arrival times for the vessels and fuzzy processing times for the loading/unloading operations. Two fuzzy mathematical models are provided to solve the problems at hand. The computational experiments carried out in this work corroborate the effectiveness of the proposed methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Intelligence
Subtitle of host publicationRevised and Selected Papers of the International Joint Conference, IJCCI 2013, Vilamoura, Portugal, September 20-22, 2013
EditorsKurosh Madani, António Dourado, Agostinho Rosa, Joaquim Filipe, Janusz Kacprzyk
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-23392-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-23391-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence, IJCCI 2013 - Vilamoura, Portugal
Duration: 20 Sept 201322 Sept 2013

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1860-949X
ISSN (Electronic)1860-9503


ConferenceInternational Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence, IJCCI 2013
Abbreviated titleIJCCI


  • Fuzzy optimization model
  • Maritime container terminal
  • Seaside operations
  • Variable neighbourhood search
  • Optimization
  • Logistics
  • n/a OA procedure


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