A Vessel Pickup and Delivery Problem from the Disruption Management in Offshore Supply Vessel Operations

  • Nils Albjerk
  • Teodor Danielsen
  • Stian Krey
  • Magnus StålhaneEmail author
  • Kjetil Fagerholt
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9855)


This paper considers a vessel pickup and delivery problem that arises in the case of disruptions in the supply vessel logistics in the offshore oil and gas industry. The problem can be modelled as a multi-vehicle pickup and delivery problem where delivery orders are transported by supply vessels from an onshore supply base (depot) to a set of offshore oil and gas installations, while pickup orders are to be transported from the installations back to the supply base (i.e. backload). We present both an arc-flow and a path-flow formulation for the problem. For the path-flow formulation we also propose an efficient dynamic programming algorithm for generating the paths, which represent feasible vessel voyages. It is shown through a computational study on various realistic test instances provided by a major oil and gas company that the path-flow model is superior with respect to computational performance.


Disruption management Offshore supply Vehicle routing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nils Albjerk
    • 1
  • Teodor Danielsen
    • 1
  • Stian Krey
    • 1
  • Magnus Stålhane
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kjetil Fagerholt
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Economics and Technology ManagementNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK)TrondheimNorway

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