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A tabu search algorithm for the integrated scheduling problem of container handling systems in a maritime terminal. (English) Zbl 1121.90054
Summary: The scheduling problem in a container terminal is characterized by the coordination of different types of equipment. In this paper, we present an integrated model to schedule the equipment. The objective is to minimize the makespan, or the time it takes to serve a given set of ships. The problem is formulated as a hybrid flow shop scheduling problem with precedence and Blocking constraints (HFSS-B). A tabu search algorithm is proposed to solve this problem. Certain mechanisms are developed and introduced into the algorithm to assure its quality and efficiency. The performance of the tabu search algorithm is analyzed from the computational point of view.
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90B35Scheduling theory, deterministic
90C59Approximation methods and heuristics