Simulation of fruit pallet movement in the port of Durban: A case study

  • J Bekker Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602, South Africa
  • M Mostert Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602, South Africa
  • FE van Dyk CSIR — Transportek, PO Box 320, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
Keywords: Discrete-event simulation, pallet movement, logistics infrastructure

Abstract

This paper gives an overview of a discrete-event simulation study that was performed on pallet movement at Fresh Produce Terminals in the port of Durban, South Africa. The study formed part of an extended study of the logistics infrastructure of the South African fresh fruit industry and its export supply chain. The focus in this paper is on pallet movement in the terminal and its requirement on the storage capacity of the cold store facility. Specifics pertaining to input data analysis are provided, as well as a discussion of simulation model validation and output data analysis.
Key words: Discrete-event simulation, pallet movement, logistics infrastructure.
ORiON Vol.21(1) 2005: 63-75
Published
2005-06-17
Section
Articles

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