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Collaborative emergency berth scheduling based on decentralized decision and price mechanism


Xu, Y and Du, Y and Li, Y and Zhang, H, Collaborative emergency berth scheduling based on decentralized decision and price mechanism, Annals of Operations Research, 298 pp. 525-554. ISSN 0254-5330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10479-018-2859-2


This paper aims to provide an applicable managerial solution to reduce the losses and impacts from an unexpected shutdown of a terminal by facilitating cooperation between two adjacent terminals that are managed by different operators. In view of the autonomy of different terminals, we focus on not only berth scheduling in the emergency situation, but also interest coordination between different terminals.We propose a novel mechanism based on price adjustment and transfer payment, which can induce the joint optimal scheduling of different terminals in an emergency situation through cooperation between terminals based on decentralized decision making. Extensive experiments show that the berth scheduling achieved under the proposed mechanism can significantly reduce the loss that results from the shutdown of a terminal and provide economic benefits to both terminals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:berth allocation, disruption, emergency assistance , cooperation, decentralized decision making
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Maritime transportation and freight services
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Du, Y (Dr Bill Du)
ID Code:129588
Year Published:2021 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2018-12-07
Last Modified:2021-10-28

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