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IJME 543

Paper Title: Simulation of Vessel Berthing Using Arena: Case of Beirut Container Terminal



N Nehme, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

F AbouShakra, Lebanese University, Lebanon


The main objective of this research is to analyze the current situation of Beirut Container Terminal. The proposed methodology is to mimic current terminal operations using a simulation model using ARENA software in order to identify causes of queueing occurring at berth allocation. Field research was conducted and both qualitative and quantitate data were collected using interviews, on–site observations, and online vessel tracking. A base model is developed to simulate the current operations at Beirut Container Terminal. Then, three different feasible scenarios are proposed to minimize the total time spent by the vessel at the quay side. Proposed scenarios take into consideration physical and resources expansion subject to political and financial constraints. The aim of this research is to provide a tool for the decision maker at Beirut Container Terminal in formulating an investment strategy for future expansion.



Transactions RINA, Vol 161, Part A3, International Journal Maritime Engineering, Jul - Sep 2019 

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DOI No: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2019.a3.543

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