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721912-1 Report Abstract

A Categorized and Annotated Bibliography to the Performance Analysis of Port Operations

Jose Holguin-Veras and C. Michael Walton, University of Texas at Austin, March 1995, 34 pp.

This report reviews the literature related to the analysis of port operations and intermodal transportation of containers in three chapters. The first one is dedicated to a general discussion of the bibliography. The contributions of the papers are analyzed on perspective, showing the evolution of the methodological approaches and how they compare to each other. In addition, the bibliography is categorized by model used and area of application. Based on this categorization, opportunities for research and innovative applications are discussed. This analysis reveals a concentration of applications of standard Queuing Theory (QT) to the optimization of the number of berths. Other approaches, such as Markovian queues, cyclic queues and simulation, have not been used as often as it would be expected, thus allowing some room for innovative applications and theoretical developments. The second chapter is comprised of annotations to a selected group of papers that intend to highlight their methodological contributions and limitations, by providing additional technical information. The third chapter presents a synthesis of the literature review and brief description of the papers.

Keywords: Intermodal, Containers, Port Operations, Queuing, Simulation, Ship Distribution

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