Short Sea Shipping (SSS) is generally considered as a privileged transport mode in terms of reducing road congestion and related external costs. In the last two decades, SSS has attracted a lot of attention in the European Union, where it is also regarded as a key factor for economic and social cohesion between countries. In this regard, the present study proposes a new network design that aims at improving and increasing freight traffic between the north-western and the south-eastern shores of the Mediterranean Basin. The proposed model, designed for Ro-Ro (Roll-on Roll-off) freight transport, tries to overcome the limits of the existing multi-port-calling services through an innovative two-hub-based scheme of better scheduled and reliable frequencies and more competitive delivery times. The operating parameters of the new network are determined using a specially designed optimisation approach based on two separate but related mathematical models: a Mixed Integer Linear Programming Model for Service Frequency Selection and a Mixed Integer Linear Programming Model for Service Timetabling. Numerical tests, performed on real demand and supply data covering 23 ports in 8 Mediterranean countries, show the validity of the proposed approach to determine an optimal network configuration for the organisation of transport services in the area.

Fadda Paolo, Fancello Gianfranco, Mancini Simona, Pani Claudia, Serra Patrizia (2020). Design and optimisation of an innovative two-hub-and-spoke network for the Mediterranean short-sea-shipping market. COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, 149, 1-13 [10.1016/j.cie.2020.106847].

Design and optimisation of an innovative two-hub-and-spoke network for the Mediterranean short-sea-shipping market

Fancello Gianfranco;Mancini Simona;Serra Patrizia
2020-01-01

Abstract

Short Sea Shipping (SSS) is generally considered as a privileged transport mode in terms of reducing road congestion and related external costs. In the last two decades, SSS has attracted a lot of attention in the European Union, where it is also regarded as a key factor for economic and social cohesion between countries. In this regard, the present study proposes a new network design that aims at improving and increasing freight traffic between the north-western and the south-eastern shores of the Mediterranean Basin. The proposed model, designed for Ro-Ro (Roll-on Roll-off) freight transport, tries to overcome the limits of the existing multi-port-calling services through an innovative two-hub-based scheme of better scheduled and reliable frequencies and more competitive delivery times. The operating parameters of the new network are determined using a specially designed optimisation approach based on two separate but related mathematical models: a Mixed Integer Linear Programming Model for Service Frequency Selection and a Mixed Integer Linear Programming Model for Service Timetabling. Numerical tests, performed on real demand and supply data covering 23 ports in 8 Mediterranean countries, show the validity of the proposed approach to determine an optimal network configuration for the organisation of transport services in the area.
2020
Fadda Paolo, Fancello Gianfranco, Mancini Simona, Pani Claudia, Serra Patrizia (2020). Design and optimisation of an innovative two-hub-and-spoke network for the Mediterranean short-sea-shipping market. COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, 149, 1-13 [10.1016/j.cie.2020.106847].
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