Planning the Discharging and Loading of Container Ships

Tat-Leong Chew, Andrew Gill, and Joo-Hong Lim

The Port of Singapore is one of the busiest and most efficient ports in the world. Fast and efficient ship planning which is the generation of schedules for container ship discharging and loading is an important determinant in ensuring the competitiveness Of the port. This is a complex task of generating schedules to meet, as far as possible, planning 'guidelines such as optimizing equipment use while respecting numerous constraints. We describe in this paper an interactive intelligent planning tool which assists human planners in planning such schedules.

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