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Regular maritime lines with roll-on roll-off vessels must offer a reliable service without substantial cost increases in order to be competitive. Port terminals need to be able to respond quickly to any disturbance that might appear and return to a smooth operational state in the minimum amount of time (resilient terminals). In this paper a complete taxonomy of the disturbances affecting the operational processes in a roll-on roll-off terminal is introduced together with a system able to assess the performance of any measure used to mitigate them. The study is based on an overview of the existing literature on the topic, a detailed diagram of the operational processes of the terminal, and an exhaustive set of interviews of the staff involved in the processes occurring in a roll-on roll-off terminal, together with field measurements. The main vulnerabilities are identified and possible corrective and preventive measures are pointed out.
CitationSaurí, S.; Morales, P.; Martín, E. An empirical analysis of the resiliency of Ro/Ro and Ro/Pax terminal operations. A: Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. "Proceedings of the 91st Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting". Washington D.C.: 2012, p. 1-20.
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