Development of a Computer Simulation Model to Optimize the Operations of a Multipurpose Seaport

Seaports have traditionally promoted regional and international trade by generating commercial and industrial activities, which directly assist the economic progress of the country. Much research has been performed and many different mathematical and empirical models have been formulated to predict and evaluate containerized port operations. In this thesis, a simulation model is developed to analyze the operation of a multipurpose regional seaport in Wilmington, Delaware. The model then used to identify the possible bottlenecks and optimize the operation of the port. The well known simulation software was chosen for the development of the model in the project because of its extensive graphic user interface, vast capacity of adapting different probability distribution, and the efficient transfer of model logic to the program. The simulation model generates different "what if" scenarios that tries to find the significant elements of the multipurpose terminal operation which, if changed, could almost reduce the turnaround time of the vessels. The results of the simulation model are used to choose the optimal change in the significant elements (ship turnaround time, waiting time for bulk cargoes, containers and trucks) of terminal's operation.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Delaware Department of Transportation

      P.O. Box 778
      Dover, DE  USA  19901
    • Performing Organizations:

      Delaware Center for Transportation

      301 DuPont Hall
      Office 360D Dupont Hall
      Newark, DE  USA  19716
    • Principal Investigators:

      Faghri, Ardeshir

    • Start Date: 20000701
    • Actual Completion Date: 20020630
    • Source Data: RiP Project 18353

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459857
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Delaware Department of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:14PM