Capacity Analysis of Ro-Ro Terminals by Using Simulation Modeling Method

ÖZKAN E. D., NAS S., Guler N.

ASIAN JOURNAL OF SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS, vol.32, no.3, pp.139-147, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier


In Ro-Ro terminals, terminal capacity is more needed than other types of marine terminals since Ro-Ro cargoes cannot be stacked. In this sense, the variables affecting capacity of a Ro-Ro terminal can be listed as follows; number of vehicles arrived to a terminal, distance between terminals, ship capacity, terminal gates, customs control units, terminal traffic and local traffic, security check, bunkering services etc. In this study, a model generated intended for making capacity analysis in Ro-Ro terminals by using simulation modeling method. Effect of three variables to terminal capacity was investigated while generating the scenarios; 'number of trucks arriving to terminals', 'distance between terminals' and 'Ro-Ro ship capacity'. The results show that the variable which affect terminal capacity mostly is 'number of trucks arriving to terminals'. As a consequence of this situation, it is thought that a Ro-Ro terminal operator must prioritize the demand factor and make an effective demand forecasting in determination of the terminal area. Copyright (C) 2016 The Korean Association of Shipping and Logistics, Inc. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Peer review under responsibility of the Korean Association of Shipping and Logistics, Inc.