A Review of System Dynamics in Maritime Transportation


Towards the end of the twentieth century, a number of factors have re-shaped the shipping industry including the growth of international trade, the emergence of new markets, and the development of multimodal supply chains. The maritime transportation system consists of ocean and coastal routes, inland waterways, railways, roads, and air freight and is a vital part of the global supply chain and freight transportation system. Due to the complexity of the maritime transportation system (MTS), multiple transportation systems interconnect to achieve a purpose. We have identified system dynamics (SD) as an appropriate approach to study the MTS and its integration with multimodal transportation. In the initial phase of this research, we conducted a literature review of SD applications in the MTS. The result of our literature review provides an overview of SD modeling in the MTS and generates future research questions in this area.

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IIE Annual Conference and Expo (2014: May 31-Jun. 3, Montreal, Canada)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Freight; Literature Review; Maritime Transportation; System Dynamics; Inland Waterways; International Trade; Multimodal Transportation; System Theory; Transportation Routes; Freight; Global Supply Chain; Maritime Transportation System; Research Questions; System Dynamics

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