Port Fluidity Performance Measurement

The freight fluidity concept focuses on supply chain performance measures such as travel time reliability and end-to-end shipping costs. Although there are numerous research efforts underway to implement freight fluidity, this study, sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is the first known application to U.S. ports.

Journal Article

Developing and Implementing a Port Fluidity Performance Measurement Methodology using Automatic Identification System Data

Publication: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
Authors: C. James Kruse, Kenneth N. Mitchell, Patricia K. DiJoseph, Dong Hun Kang, David L. Schrank, and William L. Eisele
Published: September 2018

This paper covers AIS data inputs, quality control, and performance measures development, and also provides a demonstration application of the methodology at the Port of Mobile, Alabama, highlighting travel time and travel time reliability operating statistics for the overall port area. This work provides foundational knowledge to practitioners and port stakeholders looking to improve supply chain performance and is also valuable for researchers interested in the development and application of multimodal freight fluidity performance measures.


Application of Automatic Identification System (AIS) Data for Port Performance Measurement Framework

Presenter: Don Kang
Event: 2019 TRB Annual Meeting ̵ Poster Session

Technical Memos

Port of Baltimore

Port of Mobile

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Bill Eisele
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