Here I will share some ideas which can be explored:
- As container reshuffling is nonnegligible to actual operations, hence ignoring the reshuffling impact will lead to overestimation of system capability. For example, an operator was supposed to lift 100 containers, however, actually he can only do 80 before his off-duty. Considering the shifting time between operators, the delay will occur. The research can be conducted on applying the reshuffling impact on planning level decision making process.
- Simulation-based optimization is a powerful tool for design level problems. For example, when building a terminal, we need to determine the amount of equipment to serve the expected throughput. Math/queuing/analytical models are not able to describe the system precisely, especially the interactions between terminal components. Hence, high fidelity simulation models are needed. Then to improve the searching efficiency, sim-based opt methods can be applied. This technique can be adopted in many complex systems, not only in maritime background.
- To be continued…