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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 309585, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/309585
Research Article

A Location-Allocation Model for Seaport-Dry Port System Optimization

1Institute of Waterborne Transportation & Logistics Engineering, College of Harbor, Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China
2College of Transport & Communications, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai, China

Received 28 June 2013; Revised 26 October 2013; Accepted 3 November 2013

Academic Editor: Zhigang Jiang

Copyright © 2013 Xuejun Feng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Seaports participate in hinterland economic development through partnerships with dry ports, and the combined seaport-dry port network serves as the backbone of regional logistics. This paper constructs a location-allocation model for the regional seaport-dry port network optimization problem and develops a greedy algorithm and a genetic algorithm to obtain its solution. This model is applicable to situations under which the geographic distribution of demand is known. A case study involving configuration of dry ports near the west bank of the Taiwan Strait is conducted, and the model is successfully applied.