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Authors: Selim Bora 1 ; Endre Boros 2 ; Lei Lei 2 ; W. Art Chaovalitwongse 3 ; Gino J. Lim 4 and Hamid R. Parsaei 1

Affiliations: 1 Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar ; 2 Rutgers University, United States ; 3 University of Washington, United States ; 4 University of Houston, United States

Keyword(s): Vessel Scheduling, Bender’s Decomposition, Dynamic Programming.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Artificial Intelligence ; Dynamic Programming ; Industrial Engineering ; Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval ; Knowledge-Based Systems ; Linear Programming ; Mathematical Programming ; Methodologies and Technologies ; Operational Research ; Optimization ; Symbolic Systems

Abstract: We study a difficult real life scheduling problem encountered in oil and petrochemical industry, involving inventory and distribution operations, which requires integrated scheduling. The problem itself is NP-complete, however we show some special cases, and propose polynomial time solution methods. These could be used as a starting point for a heuristic making use of these simplified cases. This study proposes two alternative approaches for the main problem, one of them making use of one of the special cases using minimum cost flow formulation, and the other one using Benders Decomposition once the problem is reformulated to make it easier to handle. Both results show promising results and computation time. Benders Decomposition approach allows exact solutions to be found in a much faster fashion.


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Bora, S.; Boros, E.; Lei, L.; Art Chaovalitwongse, W.; J. Lim, G. and R. Parsaei, H. (2014). A Case of the Container-Vessel Scheduling Problem. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - ICORES; ISBN 978-989-758-017-8; ISSN 2184-4372, SciTePress, pages 63-71. DOI: 10.5220/0004831400630071

author={Selim Bora. and Endre Boros. and Lei Lei. and W. {Art Chaovalitwongse}. and Gino {J. Lim}. and Hamid {R. Parsaei}.},
title={A Case of the Container-Vessel Scheduling Problem},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - ICORES},


JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - ICORES
TI - A Case of the Container-Vessel Scheduling Problem
SN - 978-989-758-017-8
IS - 2184-4372
AU - Bora, S.
AU - Boros, E.
AU - Lei, L.
AU - Art Chaovalitwongse, W.
AU - J. Lim, G.
AU - R. Parsaei, H.
PY - 2014
SP - 63
EP - 71
DO - 10.5220/0004831400630071
PB - SciTePress