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Network analysis of container barge transport in the Port of Antwerp by means of simulation
Caris, A.; Janssens, G.K.; Macharis, C. (2008). Network analysis of container barge transport in the Port of Antwerp by means of simulation, in: NECTAR Cluster 2 (Policy and Environment) workshop. Transition towards Sustainable Mobility: the Role of Instruments, Individuals and Institutions. May 15-16, 2008, Rotterdam, Netherlands. pp. 18 pp
In: (2008). NECTAR Cluster 2 (Policy and Environment) workshop. Transition towards Sustainable Mobility: the Role of Instruments, Individuals and Institutions. May 15-16, 2008, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research: [s.l.], more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Inland navigation; Bundling; Hinterland access; Discrete event simulation

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  • Caris, A.
  • Janssens, G.K.
  • Macharis, C., more

Abstract
    Inland navigation plays an important role in the hinterland access of the port of Antwerp. In this paper alternative bundling strategies for container barge transport in the port of Antwerp are analyzed. Four alternative hub scenarios are simulated and compared with the current situation with respect to the operational characteristics of the network. Discrete event simulation is used to analyze the impact on waiting times and capacity utilization at potential hubs and at sea terminals. The hub scenarios under investigation are the organization of an intermodal barge hub on the right river bank, an intermodal hub on the left river bank, a first multihub scenario with a local collection/distribution network and a potentially improved multihub scenario taking into account the specific structure of the port of Antwerp. The second multihub scenario offers most opportunities for reducing the turnaround time of all inland terminals. All hub scenarios lead to important efficiency improvements in the handling of barges at sea terminals.

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