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Green last mile A study of container transport in the Venlo region

Grapendaal, J. (2014) Green last mile A study of container transport in the Venlo region.

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Abstract:Container Trucking Venlo (CTV), a provider of container transportation in the hinterland of Venlo is dealing with these issues. CTV was curious about what they could achieve by implementing those smarter systems. Therefore, this study investigates the research question: “How to create an optimal plan for container trucking by CTV in the region Venlo, taking into account sustainability for the region and equipment usage”. The results showed that a reduction of at least 10.75% in total driven kilometres could be achieved. The best performing combination is the balance equal method optimized with simulated annealing. This resulted in more than 12% reduction in driven kilometres. The worst performing combination is the cost based savings method optimized by 2-opt. For optimisation, simulated annealing outperformed 2-opt in all cases. The running rime for simulated annealing was 3 times as long as for 2-opt. However, a running time of 5 minutes per day is reasonable from practical point of view. The method to predict the future demand showed, when the suggested model is used, an expected growth of ≤10% of container volume is not a problem for CTV. Furthermore, results showed a one on one linear relationship between amount of containers and driven containers.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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