Modelling Complex Intermodal Freight Flows
In regions with an extensive waterway network intermodal transport including inland navigation is a good alternative for unimodal road transport. Intermodal transport networks exhibit an increased complexity due to the inclusion of multiple transport modes, multiple decision makers and multiple types of load units. A discrete event simulation methodology is proposed to understand the network dynamics and analyze policy measures with the intention of stimulating intermodal barge transport. The simulation model allows to quantify a number of network properties resulting from the interaction of freight flows. The intermodal hinterland network of the port of Antwerp serves as the real-world application in this study. Various aspects in the modelling process are discussed and a first potential policy is analysed.
KeywordsRiver Bank Port Area Discrete Event Simulation Model Intermodal Transport Multiple Decision Maker
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