The Application of Computer Simulation in the Design of Marine Terminals and the Scheduling of Ship Traffic

by David Friedlander, CF Braun & Co, Alhambra, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


This paper describes a software package which simulates the operations of marine terminals. The computer programs were designed to assess the effectiveness of the available design alternatives for marine construction and to optimize the scheduling of ship arrivals. The model was used to assist in the design of new marine terminals and upgrade existing terminals for large scale petroleum related import and export operations. The model is applied to the design and operation of a hypothetical marine terminal with four berths. It illustrates the savings which can be realized by an effective procedure for the scheduling of ship traffic. Using this model, several terminal designs can be compared, allowing the best configuration to be selected.

Subject Headings: Traffic models | Computer models | Marine terminals | Water transportation | Ships | Freight transportation | Petroleum

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