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Performance Analysis of Container Unloading Operations at the Port of Suva Using a Simplified Analytical Model (SAM)


Shivendra Kumar* and Ljubo Vlacic**


*Memcor Aust. Pty Ltd, Siemens Water Technologies, NSW, Australia
University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands
**Intelligent Control Systems Laboratory, Griffith University, QLD, Australia


Received: April 23, 2007

Accepted: July 23, 2007


Keywords: container dwell times, simple analytical model (SAM), equipment utilization, performance measure, cooperative control

Journal ref: Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics, Vol.12, No.4 pp. 355-360, 2008

Abstract



Time has fast become one of the most important factors in global trading. While little can be done to reduce the travel time of ships, significant effort can be put into improving the efficiency of container terminal. This paper presents a simple analytical model (SAM) for predicting container dwell times and determining equipment utilization. The paper exemplifies the operations of the Port of Suva and presents an analysis of its operations. To improve the current performance, a cooperative control schema is proposed. It is shown in this paper that the prediction model and performance measures are a useful tool for container terminal planners.
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