Journal indépendant d'économie et de politique des transports
CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero MARZO 2020
PORTS AND TERMINALS
OPTIMISATION SOFTWARE FOR ROTTERDAM
"The Port of Rotterdam's Container Exchange Route
project is in development. Photo: INFORM"
The Port of Rotterdam is set to benefit from optimisation
software as part of its Container Exchange Route (CER) project.
INFORM will deliver the Capacity and Planning Platform (CAPP),
which is comprised of a plug-in set of optimisation modules for the
project's front-end user interface - the CER Platform - developed by
the Port of Rotterdam. It will combine INFORM's Syncrotess
optimisers leveraging AI and optimisation techniques.
"Optimisation algorithms are crucial to the success of CAPP
and therefor for the CER Project; due to the high number of
parameters to be considered, it is not realistic for a staff member
to manually plan the CER movements on the back of a cigar box,"
commented Emile van Rijn, project manager capacity & planning
CER at the Port of Rotterdam.
The Container Exchange Route comprises dedicated infrastructure,
logistics agreements, and IT systems that link all parties.
Measurable benefits are expected to be the shorter turnaround time
of deepsea vessels, additional flexibility, and additional capacity
to attract new cargo.
The CER bundles container flows meaning that trains, barges, and
feeders will no longer need to call all terminals individually and
that transhipment containers are exchanged reliably and efficiently.
Participating terminals include: Hutchinson's ECT-Delta,
ECT-Euromax, APMT Rotterdam, Rotterdam World Gateway and APMT MVII
as well as Dutch Customs, Distripark, empty depots, and the barge
feeder terminals on the Maasvlakte.
CAPP receives data from the CER Platform, analyses it, and sends
back optimised proposals for execution. The analyses includes:
whether a new order is feasible given current workload and
constraints, a journey plan for containers, the generation of
schedules, and a schedule of jobs for the automated road trucks to
transport containers to their destinations.
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