Container Terminals and Cargo Systems

Design, Operations Management, and Logistics Control Issues

by Kap Hwan Kim, Hans-Otto Günther

Since their introduction in the 1960s containers represent the standard unit-load concept for international freight. Container terminals primarily serve as an interface between different modes of transportation, e.g. domestic rail or truck transportation and deep sea maritime transport. Significant gains in productivity can be achieved through advanced terminal layouts, more efficient IT-support and improved logistics control software systems, as well as automated transportation and handling equipment. The primary objective of this book is to reflect these challenges and to present new insights and successful solutions to operational problems of automated container terminals and cargo systems. It comprises reports on the state of the art, applications of quantitative methods, as well as case studies and simulation results. Its contributions are written by leading experts from academia and business and address practitioners and researchers in logistics, transportation, and management.


  • Springer Berlin Heidelberg; August 2007
  • ISBN: 9783540495505
  • Read online, or download in DRM-free PDF (digitally watermarked) format
  • Title: Container Terminals and Cargo Systems
  • Author: Kap Hwan Kim (ed.); Hans-Otto Günther (ed.)
  • Imprint: Springer

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From the reviews:

"Computer-based simulation and optimization techniques are invaluable tools in analyzing different design and operation options. In their timely collection of papers, Kim and Günther focus on the design, operations management, and logistics control issues for container terminals. … The book provides an overview of recent developments in this area. It is an excellent resource for readers who are looking for scientific solutions to real-world problems, and for researchers who are looking for potential new open problems in this area." (Burkhard Englert, ACM Computing Reviews, March, 2009)