Simulating Port Berth Capacity with AnyLogic


A port authority was facing the following issues:
  • the port was utilised by multiple clients and a total of 16 products passed through the port
  • the shipped tonnage of all products from the port was expected to increase by 80% in the next 5 years
  • there were multiple upgrade options available (eg. creation of new berths, relocation of existing, dredging)
Key decision to be made: How much additional product could be exported without upgrading the port?

Modeling Approach

Evans & Peck utilised a discrete event simulation modelling approach to map the port operations for a single berth.
Key benefits of the modelling tool developed include:
  • the port authority was provided with a tool to manage the first steps along the upgrade path
  • delays in port operations were identified which provided management with options for increasing production beyond current limits without capital expenditur.

The same decision modelling method can be applied to:

  • Analysis of efficiencies in logistical operations such as transport of products from mines by road or rail to a port
  • Analysis of production scheduling in manufacturing and processing industries


Model developed and published by Evans & Peck Australia.

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