Dynamic berth and quay crane allocation for multiple berth positions and quay cranes

Rully Tri Cahyono, E.J. Flonk, Bayu Jayawardhana

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We study in this paper a dynamic berth and quay cranes allocation strategy in general seaport container terminals. We develop a dynamical model that describes the operation of berthing process with multiple discrete berthing positions and multiple quay cranes. Based on the proposed model, we develop a dynamic allocation strategy using the model predictive control (MPC) paradigm. The proposed strategy is evaluated using real data from a container terminal in Indonesia. The simulation results show that the MPC-based allocation strategy can improve the efficiency of the process where the total handling and waiting cost is reduced by approximately 20% in comparison to the commonly adapted method of first-come first-served (FCFS) (for the berthing process) combined with the density-based quay cranes allocation strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 European Control Conference
Place of PublicationLinz, Austria
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 15-Jul-2015
EventEuropean Control Conference 2015 - Linz, Austria
Duration: 15-Jul-201517-Jul-2015


ConferenceEuropean Control Conference 2015


  • Container terminals
  • Container operations
  • model predictive control
  • Berth and quay crane allocation

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