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I am currently involved in three research projects aiming at developing optimization-based decision support tools for the container liner shipping industry. Read more about these research projects at the Decision Optimization Lab homepage

STOWAGE TEXTBOOK (2012-)

Motivation: Container vessels stowage planning is a central problem for the liner shipping industry. Nevertheless, the shipping industry and associated vendors and researchers still lack a comprehensive textbook describing the problem in theory and practice.
Research objective and goals: The project aims at writing and publishing such a textbook.
Research activities Background research of standards and rules as well as commercial tools for manual stowage. Writing book manuscript with publisher.
Project Period: 2012-2013.
Funding: The project is supported by The Danish Maritime Fund. ITU recieves 0.4 Mkr in external funding of a total budget for the project of 0.6 Mkr.
Principal investigator: Associate Professor Rune Møller Jensen, ITU.
Researchers: Postdoc Dario Pacino.
Partners: Mærsk Line and Weilbach.

ENERPLAN (2010-)

Motivation: During the last two decades globalization has caused the number of shipments of containerized goods to increase dramatically. Shipping is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation, but container vessels burn fossile fuels and therefore contribute to CO2 emmision.
Research objective and goals: The ENERPLAN research project (Energy Efficient Transportation Planning) will develop intelligent IT-based planning tools for the containerized transportation sector, reducing energy consumption and thus environmental impact.
Research activities The research project includes decision tools based on mathematical optimization for planning a route network such that a higher load factor can be achieved.
Project Period: 2009-2013.
Funding: ENERPLAN is supported by The Danish Council for Strategic Research. ITU recieves 2 Mkr in external funding. Total budget for the complete project including activities at partner is 7Mkr.
Principal investigators: Professor David Pisinger, DTU Management and Associate Professor Rune Møller Jensen, ITU.
Researchers: Post Doct Shahin Gelareh, PhD student , PhD student Berit Løfstedt.
Partners: Mærsk Line and DTU Management.

BAYSTOW (2008-2012)

Motivation: Container vessels spent a large fraction of their time in ports. This is costly, not only in port fees, but also due to the reduction in the available sail time to the next port to call.
Research objective and goals: The BAYSTOW project aims at reducing the time that vessel must spent in ports by using optimization algorithms to produce stowage plans that can be executed fast.
Research activities The research project focuses on loading individual bays fast and includes algorithms to minimize the number of extra crane moves due to containers blocking for each other (overstow reduction).
Project Period: 2008-2011.
Funding: BAYSTOW is supported by The Danish Maritime Fund. ITU recieves 2 Mkr in external funding of a total budget for the project of 4.5 kr.
Principal investigator: Associate Professor Rune Møller Jensen, ITU.
Researchers: PhD student Dario Pacino.
Partners: Mærsk Line and DTU Management.

Constrained Based Stowage Planning (2010-2013)

Motivation: Container vessels spent a large fraction of their time in ports. This is costly, not only in port fees, but also due to the reduction in the available sail time to the next port to call.
Research objective and goals: The research project aims at reducing the time that vessel must spent in ports by using optimization algorithms to produce stowage plans that can be executed fast.
Research activities The research project considers hierachically decomposed hybrid optimization algorithms to generate complete stowage plans for a container vessel. In particular, it aims at developing approaches based on constraint programming that on the one hand are able to produce high-quality stowage plans, and on the other hand can be generated sufficiently fast to be applicable in practical stowage support tools.
Project Period: 2010-2012.
Funding: The project is a three year PhD stipend with Ange Optimization supported by The Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation. The total budget is 1.7Mkr.
Principal investigator: Associate Professor Rune Møller Jensen, ITU.
Researchers: PhD student Alberto Delgado-Ortegon.
Partners: Ange Optimization.\\

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