This paper investigates the impact of arrival processes on the ship handling process. Two types of arrival processes are considered: controlled and uncontrolled. Simulation results show that uncontrolled arrivals of ships perform worst in terms of both ship delays and required storage capacity. Stock-controlled arrivals perform best with regard to large vessel delays and storage capacity. The combination of stock-controlled arrivals for large vessels and equidistant arrivals for barges also performs better than the uncontrolled process. Careful allocation of ships to the mooring points of a jetty further improves the efficiency.

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van Asperen, E., Dekker, R., Polman, M., & de Swaan Arons, H. (2004). Arrival processes in port modeling: insights from a case study (No. EI 2004-16). Econometric Institute Research Papers. Retrieved from