Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Engineering Management & Systems Engineering


Engineering Management

Committee Director

Ghaith Rabadi

Committee Member

C. Ariel Pinto

Committee Member

Mamadou Seck

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E555 K675 2014


World trade has been increasing dramatically in the past two decades and, as a result, container exchange has grown significantly. Consequently and to meet this increase, several container terminals are expanding and many new ones are being established. A port with one or more container terminals is considered a complex system in which many entities interact to accomplish seamless handling of containers inbound and outbound. The level of complexity is drastically heightened for container terminals containing multimodal transportation systems as they typically involve ships, rail, and trucks arriving to one or more terminals delivering containers of different sizes to several types resources including quay cranes, rubber tyred gantry cranes, straddle carriers, and more. Simulation can be a useful tool to assist in predicting the behavior of the system and its performance under unforeseen circumstances as well as to study possible modifications to the components of the port system. In this thesis, a generic discrete-event simulation model is constructed to simulate port operations with different associated resources and stations including loading/unloading, customs station, container yard and more. The analysis will entail studying various scenarios motivated by changes in different parameters to measure their influence on relevant outcomes including throughput, resource utilization and waiting times.


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