Maritime transportation is the backbone of world trade: responsible for carrying over 80% of world trade, it has been progressively growing over the past 50 years. Although it is the cheapest way of transporting large amounts of goods, it still involves huge amounts of money both in terms of shipping and shipping services. Therefore, even a small percentage of saved cost may result in millions of dollars being saved.
Optimizing maritime transportation issues are therefore not only theoretically relevant but may provide huge cost reductions and improved services. Addressing issues such as routing, scheduling, frequency and speed, this book discusses the problems that arise as well as the metaheuristics to address them. It also includes a focus on the streamlining of port operations, such as berthing allocation, crane scheduling and storage allocation, with an eye toward maximizing the productivity of ships at sea via the appropriate metaheuristics of port management.
1. A Review of Maritime Operations.
2. Metaheuristic Algorithms.
3. Metaheuristics for Ship Operations.
4. Optimization of Seaside Operations.
5. Problems in Yard Operations.
S. Mahdi Homayouni is a researcher at LIAAD, INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Lenjan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran.
Dalila B.M.M. Fontes is a senior researcher at LIAAD, INESC TEC and Assistant Professor with Habilitation at Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
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