Port hinterland intermodal container flow optimisation with green concerns : a literature review and research agenda
Lam, Jasmine Siu Lee
Date of Issue2013
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The closer link between ports and supply chain leads to a growing research area - port hinterland intermodal development. Focusing on the literature with mathematical models, the purpose of this paper is to categorise and analyse earlier research contributions on intermodal container flow optimisation, to identify the research trends and gaps, and to suggest future research directions. Results show that future research should focus on global intermodal container flow optimisation, addressing the approaches of ports integrating into such global intermodal chain taken green issues into account. There is substantial need for research addressing greening the intermodal network and sustainable development. Providing cost effective solutions alone in optimisation problem is rather traditional and one–sided. Those market players possessing commercially viable capabilities and also environmental responsibilities would gain a competitive advantage in future dynamic business environment. Bi–objective or multi–objective optimisation would be more suitable to actual situations.
International journal of shipping and transport logistics
© 2013 Inderscience. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by [International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, Inderscience. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJSTL.2013.054190].