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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 434125, 5 pages
Research Article

The Optimized Transport Scheme of Empty and Heavy Containers with Novel Genetic Algorithm

1Transportation Management College, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116023, China
2Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute, Tianjin 300201, China

Received 5 October 2012; Accepted 30 December 2012

Academic Editor: Bin Yu

Copyright © 2013 Lianwei Qu 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 design the transport scheme of empty and heavy containers reasonably, a model with objective maximizing the route benefits is proposed. The model considered two factors: (1) the fluctuation of cargo transport demand and the switching of different voyages; (2) the optimal transport scheme of empty and heavy containers in slack and brisk seasons and the handover process of these two seasons. In order to solve this model, a novel GA is developed. With this model and algorithm, the optimal transport scheme of empty and heavy containers is put forward, and the optimization allocation of resources can be realized. The case study about China-Europe route proves that this model can improve the liner company's benefits effectively.