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Advances in Operations Research
Volume 2016, Article ID 8710916, 8 pages
Research Article

Decision Support for Flexible Liner Shipping

Molde University College, 6402 Molde, Norway

Received 1 September 2015; Revised 21 October 2015; Accepted 4 November 2015

Academic Editor: Shey-Huei Sheu

Copyright © 2016 Johan Oppen. 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.


We present a transportation problem representing a combination of liner and tramp shipping, where using other modes of transportation is also an option. As an example, we consider transportation of palletized frozen fish from Russia and Norway to terminals in Norway, the Netherlands, and the UK. We present a mathematical model for the planning problem associated with each tour and show that problem instances of realistic size can be solved to optimality using standard software.