Vessel routing for sweeping of marine litter in a port area

Maurits M.C. van Tol, Mark B. Duinkerken*, G. Lodewijks, Rudy R. Negenborn

*Corresponding author for this work

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Marine litter in port areas has a huge negative environmental impact and poses a risk to vessels. Therefore port authorities are using special vessels for sweeping. Nowadays, these vessels are usually only deployed after complaints on excessive amounts of marine litter. In this paper an innovative routing method is proposed to sweep marine litter in a port area proactively. The routing method is formulated as a mixed-integer programming (MIP) model. In order to test the sweeping model a dynamic model is developed that predicts the locations in the port area where marine litter will accumulate depending on factors like supply, physical dimensions of port compartments and wind directions. To benchmark the performance of the sweeping model simulations are performed comparing the routing method with other more intuitive policies. It is concluded that using the sweeping policy lower litter levels can be achieved at lower costs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory, Methodology, Tools and Applications for Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Asia Simulation Conference and SCS Autumn Simulation Multi-Conference, AsiaSim/SCS AutumnSim 2016, Beijing, China, October 8-11, 2016
EditorsLin Zhang, Xiao Song, Yunjie Wu
Place of PublicationSingapore
VolumePart III
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-2669-0
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-2668-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event16th Asia Simulation Conference and SCS Autumn Simulation Multi-Conference - Beijing, China
Duration: 8 Oct 201611 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference16th Asia Simulation Conference and SCS Autumn Simulation Multi-Conference
Abbreviated titleAsiaSim/SCS AutumnSim 2016


  • Discrete event simulation
  • Inventory routing problem
  • Marine litter
  • Mixed integer programming


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