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Container terminal layout design: transition and future

  • Amir GharehgozliEmail author
  • Nima Zaerpour
  • Rene de Koster
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Abstract

Container terminals play an important role in the transportation of containerized goods in global supply chains. The number of containers handled in container terminals has increased astronomically. To accommodate and handle the increasing number of containers entering and leaving container terminals, their layout has seen several changes. New layouts require smaller footprint and must ensure faster, cheaper, and more efficient transfer of containers between the landside and seaside. This paper first reviews the literature on the transition of terminal layout designs from traditional to automated and future container terminals. Second, the relevant research needs to address strategic and tactical layout design problems are listed.

Keywords

Global supply chain Maritime transportation Marine terminal layout design Next-generation container terminals Design optimization Vertical expansion 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Editor-in-Chief and two anonymous reviewers, whose constructive comments and suggestions helped us to improve the quality of this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amir Gharehgozli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nima Zaerpour
    • 2
  • Rene de Koster
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Business and EconomicsCalifornia State UniversityNorthridgeUSA
  2. 2.College of Business AdministrationCalifornia State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  3. 3.Rotterdam School of ManagementErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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