A fuzzy logic model for the container stacking problem at container terminals

Jana Ries, Rosa Guadalupe González-Ramírez, Pablo Miranda

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We address the problem of storage space allocation in a sea port terminal. The problem consists of assigning a block space in the yard of a container terminal to every incoming container while ensuring operational efficiency. The proposed framework uses a 2-stage framework in combination with a fuzzy logic rule-based strategy. The concept is motivated by the problem faced by container terminals in Chile and the aim is to provide real-time decision support to deal with a high degree of uncertainty in the arrival of containers at the yard. In addition, the framework provides a more flexible design to include a set of different criteria as well as different infrastructures and layouts of container ports. Numerical results are presented, comparing the results of the fuzzy framework with respect to algorithms proposed in the literature, considering different scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Logistics
Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, ICCL 2014, Valparaiso, Chile, September 24-26. Proceedings
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3319114217
ISBN (Print)978-3319114200
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Event5th International Conference, ICCL 2014 - Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile, Chile
Duration: 24 Sept 201426 Sept 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference5th International Conference, ICCL 2014
CityValparaiso, Chile


  • Storage space allocation
  • container terminal operations
  • fuzzy logic
  • online decision support


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