Stimulating inland waterway transport between seaports and the hinterland from a coordination perspective

Shijie Li, Rudy Negenborn, Jialun Liu

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With the trend towards less-polluting and sustainable transport solutions, the European Commission aims to strengthen the competitive position of inland waterway transport, and to facilitate its integration into synchromodal logistic chains. To stimulate inland waterway transport, it is essential to ensure smooth containers transshipments from seaports to hinterland and vice versa. Currently, inland vessels usually spend unnecessary long times in the port area due to insufficient terminal and quay planning with respect to the sailing schedules of the vessels. Coordination among multiple vessel operators and multiple terminal operators is required in order to improve the efficiency and reliability of inland waterway transport within the port. For this, four recently proposed classes of coordination strategies from our earlier work are reviewed. Two levels of cooperativeness, including partially-cooperative and fully-cooperative, as well as two types of interaction, including single-level and multi-levels are considered. The proposed coordination strategies are compared and evaluated from a methodological perspective and from an information needs perspective. Our results provide insights for vessel and terminal operators in the ways in which they can cooperate with each other: vessel operators can decide to what extent they would like to coordinate their actions based on the information requirements of each coordination strategy; terminal operators can estimate information that should be made available during different coordination phases. Moreover, our results also provide insights for policy makers or practitioners to determine the most suitable coordination strategy under different circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Logistics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference, ICCL 2018
EditorsRaffaele Cerulli, Andrea Raiconi, Stefan Voß
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-00898-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-00897-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventICCL 2018: 9th International Conference on Computational Logistics - Vietri sul Mare, Italy
Duration: 1 Oct 20183 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceICCL 2018: 9th International Conference on Computational Logistics
CityVietri sul Mare


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