Enhancing Container Terminal Performance: A Multi Agent Systems Approach

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Type: Thesis (Other)

Henesey, Lawrence (2004) Enhancing Container Terminal Performance: A Multi Agent Systems Approach. Other thesis, Blekinge Institute of Technology.

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Abstract This thesis seeks to understand and attempt to solve some of the problems that are facing many decision makers at container terminals. The growth of containerization, transporting goods in a container, has created many problems for ports, i.e. higher requirements on terminals and infrastructure. Many container terminals are reaching their capacity limits and increasingly leading to traffic and port congestion. The focus of the research involves the performance from the container terminal manager’s perspective and how to improve the understanding of the factors of productivity and how they are related to each other. The need to manage complex systems such as container terminals requires new ways at finding solutions by introducing methods and technologies, such as software agents. The general question addressed is: can the performance of a container terminal be improved by using agent-based technologies? The results of the research suggest that the use of agent-based technologies can be justified in their use for supporting decision makers in a container terminal. The use of agents fosters the goal of finding good alternatives to increasing capacity rather than physical expansion or acquisition of additional resources. Moreover, the use of agents is suggested to be a viable approach for container terminals when managing under uncertainty or evaluating decisions that are complex.

Deposited by Mr. Lawrence Henesey on 14 April 2005

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