A world leader in the production of commodities including iron ore, coal, gold, copper, diamonds and bauxite. Primary business focus lies on extraction of minerals, but with significant operations in refining, especially of bauxite and iron ore.
Our client sought to minimise their port operating costs and maximise production tonnes shipped. With up to ten big ships coming into port every week, effective management of berthing and loading schedules is critical. Ships without a berth can accrue daily penalties of up to A$20,000, upset production at the mine, and delay delivery to customers. Managing the berth order and ship loader allocation to maximise port efficiency given tidal, loading and vessel constraints is a very complex planning problem.
Polymathian deployed SOLO, an online decision support tool based on exact mathematical optimisation techniques resulting in: