Economic analysis in port planning by computer simulation


Doga, Turkish Journal of Engineering & Environmental Sciences, vol.15, no.3, pp.247-258, 1991 (Scopus) identifier


The development in world trade increases the importance of ports. Thus, construction of new ports or extension of existing ones and in relation to this enormous dimension of port investments become necessary. The optimum port size can be determined by computer simulation. Total cost is the sum of cost of quay structure and cargo handling equipment and cost of waiting time of the ships. In determining optimum port size, ship arrivals, service time and queuing discipline should be defined statistically for the best economical theoretical solution. The software HARSOL which is developed in METU, Civil Engineering Department, Coastal and Harbor Engineering Research Center, determines the port size which gives the minimum annual total cost by processing the phenomena such as random arrivals and random sizes of the ships which fits statistical distributions, queue discipline and service for loading unloading. In this study the general characteristics of port optimizing software HARSOL is introduced. -from Authors