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A Genetic Algorithm for Solving a Container Storage Problem
Using a Residence Time Strategy

Cristina SERBAN, Doina CARP
Ovidius University of Constanta,
124 Mamaia Blvd., Constanta, 900527, Romania.;

ABSTRACT: At each port of destination, some containers are unloaded from a vessel and stored in the terminal to be delivered to their customers. One of the strategies used to arrange the containers in a terminal is residence time strategy:  based on their delivery deadlines, each incoming container being assigned to a priority class. The aim of this study is to determine a valid arrangement of incoming containers in a block (part) of the terminal, in the shortest amount of time, with higher priority containers located above lower priority ones. In this way, some of the main objectives of a container terminal may be achieved: avoiding further reshuffles (number of relocations) and reducing the vessel berthing time. We developed a genetic algorithm and its performance is evaluated against a random stacking strategy used as benchmark for the experiments, and through several sets of tests on control parameters. All the tests showed that, if a reliable estimation of the delivery time can be assigned to every incoming container, the proposed method may be a useful tool for container terminal operators.

KEYWORDS: Genetic algorithms, optimization, container terminals, container stacking, residence time strategy.

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Cristina SERBAN, Doina CARP,
A Genetic Algorithm for Solving a Container Storage Problem Using a Residence Time Strategy, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 26(1), pp. 59-66, 2017.