Containerisation International Award

International Freight Software Award

MJC²'s real-time container scheduling software has been nominated for the Containerisation International Innovation IT of the Year Award. It is the first system to plan transport resources, container repositioning movements and inventory levels simultaneously, using a real-time scheduling model that allows the terminal operation to be re-optimised dynamically throughout the day.

The solution brings together several extremely challenging container logistics planning problems: resource scheduling (i.e. vehicle/driver/equipment planning), container re-use (minimising wasted empty movements), movement scheduling (minimising congestion) and inventory optimisation (stocking of empty containers). This has required the development of ground-breaking optimisation techniques that can cope with the enormous complexity presented by a container logistics operation. The core of the system is a set of highly innovative advanced scheduling and optimisation modules which have been designed by MJC² specifically to address the requirements of the container logistics industry.

The solution has demonstrated dramatic operational improvements in terms of increased efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions, reduced congestion and better resource utilisation. The system is capable of reducing wasted repositioning movements by up to 25% and saving 10-20% of transport costs through better planning and faster response times.

Keywords: multimodal freight optimisation - container logistics - real-time scheduling

 

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