Cost Functions in Freight Transport Models

TitleCost Functions in Freight Transport Models
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBrümmerstedt, K, Flitsch, V, Jahn, C
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsOperational Excellence in Logistics and Supply Chains
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-4056-8
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsContainer, Freight Transport Modelling, Hinterland Traffic, Port of Hamburg

Freight transport models are used to estimate the expected impact of policy
measures and are a necessary input for the justification of infrastructure investments.
Seaport hinterland models can be used to forecast future hinterland traffic
and modal split development. For the impact assessment, most freight transport
models use a generalized cost approach for the purchasers’ costs which amount the
operators’ costs passed on to the users of transport services and the actual users’
costs (e.g. time costs). At present, no comprehensive model exists for the Port of
Hamburg. Consequently, it is difficult to estimate the expected impacts of infrastructure
measures for the Port of Hamburg’s hinterland accessibility. The aim of this paper
is to give an overview over the research field of freight transport modelling and
to develop an approach for comparing the Port of Hamburg's hinterland connections
taking into consideration different types of costs. Finally, the cost functions are applied
to the use case “Port of Hamburg” on a macroscopic level.