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Journal of Control Science and Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 5489597, 10 pages
Research Article

Stowage Plan Based Slot Optimal Allocation in Rail-Water Container Terminal

School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xiaoning Zhu; nc.ude.utjb@uhznx

Received 23 November 2016; Revised 7 December 2016; Accepted 29 December 2016; Published 13 February 2017

Academic Editor: Enrique Onieva

Copyright © 2017 Yanjing Li 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.


To obtain an efficient and reasonable solution for slot allocation in rail-water container terminals, this paper develops storage optimal allocation model 1 to improve the yard space utilization, which is solved by a heuristic algorithm based on Tabu search. Model 2 is then built to reduce the relocation movements. A concept of fall-down problem in shunting operation plan is thus proposed to solve model 2. Models 1 and 2 are tested with numerical experiments. The results show that the yard space utilization increases by 50% approximately compared to the strategy of one train piling onto a fixed area called a subblock. Meanwhile the number of container relocation movements is less than five when using the fall-down problem strategy. Accordingly, the models and algorithms developed in this paper are effective to improve the yard space utilization and reduce the number of container relocation movements.