Innovations in Self-Organizing Maritime Logistics

Berry Gerrits*, Peter Schuur

*Corresponding author for this work

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Maritime logistics, where competition is fierce, is in dire need of efficient modes of transport. Automated systems are inevitable, ultimately developing themselves into self-organizing logistic systems. This chapter highlights some promising recent innovations in that area. As innovative automated systems, we discuss: (i) autonomous yard tractors, (ii) unmanned cargo aircraft, (iii) truck platooning, (iv) autonomous vessels, and (v) extended gates. To control these systems, we discuss innovative forms of intelligent decision-making, namely: (i) distributed planning, (ii) matching platforms, (iii) cooperation between barges and terminals, (iv) shared services and fair optimization, and (v) gamification in container supply chains. Moreover, we design a unifying framework that classifies automated systems within maritime logistics according to their potential to grow out to self-organizing systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArctic Maritime Logistics
Subtitle of host publicationThe Potentials and Challenges of the Northern Sea Route
EditorsIgor Ilin, Tessaleno Devezas, Carlos Jahn
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-92291-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-92290-0, 978-3-030-92293-1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X


  • Autonomous systems
  • Decision-making
  • Logistics
  • Self-organization


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