# Solving the Container Relocation Problem by Using a Metaheuristic Genetic Algorithm

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## Abstract

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## 1. Introduction

## 2. Container Relocation Problem—Model Set Up

## 3. Literature Review

## 4. A New Method for CRP Resolving Based on Genetic Algorithm

#### 4.1. Genetic Algorithm

Algorithm 1. Pseudo code of genetic algorithm. |

#### 4.2. A New Method for CRP Resolving

#### 4.2.1. The Chromosome

_{2}). Applying this chromosome to solve the problem in Figure 3, the first blocking container is container 6 because it blocks the retrieval of the container with priority 1. Therefore, as shown in Figure 5, the container with priority 6 must be relocated in stack 2 (s

_{2}). Then, the container with priority 1 can be retrieved and shipped to the next transport location. It can be seen that the container with priority 2 can be retrieved immediately because it is located on the top of the stack with index 0 (s

_{0}).

#### 4.2.2. The Fitness Function

Algorithm 2. Pseudo code of fitness function calculation. |

#### 4.2.3. Selection

#### 4.2.4. Genetic Operators

Algorithm 3. Pseudo code of crossover process. |

_{1}has the values (3, 1, 0, 3, 0, 1, 3, 2, 0, 1) and chromosome

_{2}has the values (0, 2, 3, 0, 2, 2, 2, 1, 3, 0). The crossover point is assigned the value of 4 (crossover is performed for genes on indices 5 to 9) by using a random number function. After performing the crossover operator between these chromosomes, the genes at indices 5 to 9 are interchanged, resulting in two new chromosomes: chromosome

_{1′}with values (3, 1, 0, 3, 0, 2, 2, 1, 3, 0) and chromosome

_{2′}with values (0, 2, 3, 0, 2, 1, 3, 2, 0, 1).

Algorithm 4. Pseudo code of mutation process. |

## 5. Results and Discussion

^{®}Core™ i5-8265U CPU 1.60 GHz processor and 8 GB of RAM. The method described above was implemented in Java using the integrated development environment (IDE) NetBeans 11.3. Additionally, the Java Genetic Algorithm and Programming (JGAP) library [45] was used to implement the genetic algorithm in this programming procedure. The method was tested with different parameter values within the genetic algorithm to find the best possible setup of the genetic algorithm to obtain the highest quality solutions in the shortest possible time. The best possible setting of the genetic algorithm had the following parameter values: the number of generations was 300, the size of the population of each generation was 100, the mutation probability was 0.05, and elitism (the best possible solution from the previous generation is automatically included in the next generation) was set, and the percentage of chromosomes from the previous generation that is included in the next generation was 0.5. The small number of chromosomes in each population (100) allows very fast execution of the genetic algorithm. However, to obtain high quality solutions (chromosomes), the number of generations must be increased, as well as the percentage of the crossover probability which, in addition to mutation, allows a diverse searching of solution space for CRP. Half of the chromosomes (solutions) of the previous generation are included in the process of the next generation of genetic algorithm, so such selection ensures that quality solutions are included in the search process along with the newly randomly generated solutions of the next generation. All parameters of genetic algorithm and their values are given in Table 1.

_{1}) (Figure 13b). However, this is not the best possible option because, when the container 5 would have to be retrieved, the container 9 should be relocated over the container 7 or container 6 (i.e., the nearest stack). Thus, there is an additional relocation move that slows down the process of retrieving containers. Our newly proposed method is not restricted with any rule, so the genetic algorithm can randomly determine the stack with index 3 as the position for relocating container 9 (Figure 13c). In this way, containers 4, 5, 6, and 7 can be retrieved without making additional relocations resulting in a faster retrieval process.

## 6. Conclusions

## Author Contributions

## Funding

## Institutional Review Board Statement

## Informed Consent Statement

## Data Availability Statement

## Conflicts of Interest

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**Figure 2.**Yard container bay and RTG crane [17].

**Figure 13.**An example of a different solution of container relocation between our previous method and the proposed method: (

**a**) Current situation within the yard bay; (

**b**) the situation within the yard bay after applying one possible rule proposed in [17]; and (

**c**) the situation within the yard bay after applying one relocation of our newly proposed method.

**Figure 14.**A comparison of the results of method GA with rules and our new method for all 40 instances of the test set for bay size 6 × 7.

**Figure 15.**An analysis of the average computational results (in seconds) of our new method for solving CRP of different bay sizes (3 × 3–6 × 7).

Parameter | Value |
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Number of generations | 300 |

Size of population | 100 |

Mutation rate | 0.05 |

Number of genes within the chromosome | 10 × number of containers in CRP |

Percentage of selected chromosomes from previous generation | 0.5 |

Elitism | set |

**Table 2.**The results of the CRP test set [24] on real sizes of bays achieved by the proposed method and the other best models of different authors.

Tiers × Stacks | No. of Containers | A* (A-Star) Method [35,37] | Decision Support System [38] | Min-Max [29] | Chain [33] | Chain F [33] | BSA [24] | GA with Rules [17] | New GA Method | Linear Programming |
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3 × 3 | 7 | 3.58 | 3.42 | 3.42 | 3.42 | 3.38 | 3.38 | 3.38 | 3.30 | 3.30 |

4 × 3 | 9 | 6.67 | 6.10 | 5.82 | 5.82 | 5.95 | 5.67 | 5.85 | 5.67 | 5.67 |

5 × 3 | 11 | 10.60 | 9.80 | 9.10 | 9.10 | 8.70 | 8.40 | 8.93 | 8.40 | 8.40 |

6 × 3 | 13 | 15.40 | 13.60 | 12.97 | 12.77 | 12.30 | 11.50 | 12.30 | 11.50 | - |

3 × 4 | 10 | 5.67 | 5.03 | 4.95 | 4.95 | 4.95 | 4.85 | 4.98 | 4.85 | 4.85 |

4 × 4 | 13 | 10.50 | 9.05 | 8.75 | 8.72 | 8.57 | 8.43 | 8.55 | 8.42 | 8.42 |

5 × 4 | 16 | 16.30 | 14.50 | 13.12 | 13.02 | 13.17 | 12.20 | 12.63 | 12.25 | - |

6 × 4 | 19 | 23.20 | 19.10 | 17.15 | 17.05 | 16.92 | 15.60 | 16.93 | 15.62 | - |

3 × 5 | 13 | 6.95 | 5.90 | 5.75 | 5.75 | 5.80 | 5.75 | 5.80 | 5.75 | 5.75 |

4 × 5 | 17 | 14.40 | 12.20 | 11.40 | 11.35 | 11.40 | 11.00 | 11.35 | 10.98 | - |

5 × 5 | 21 | 21.00 | 18.10 | 17.07 | 16.95 | 16.65 | 15.60 | 16.75 | 15.60 | - |

6 × 5 | 25 | 31.80 | 25.60 | 23.92 | 23.52 | 23.57 | 21.10 | 22.60 | 21.15 | - |

3 × 6 | 16 | 8.95 | 7.92 | 7.72 | 7.72 | 7.85 | 7.65 | 7.88 | 7.65 | - |

4 × 6 | 21 | 16.00 | 13.20 | 12.67 | 12.55 | 12.60 | 12.00 | 12.48 | 12.02 | - |

5 × 6 | 26 | 26.90 | 22.60 | 20.60 | 20.42 | 20.52 | 19.30 | 20.32 | 19.35 | - |

6 × 6 | 31 | 41.20 | 32.60 | 29.02 | 28.77 | 28.57 | 26.10 | 28.50 | 26.15 | - |

3 × 7 | 19 | 11.50 | 10.10 | 9.02 | 9.05 | 9.17 | 8.95 | 9.15 | 8.95 | - |

4 × 7 | 25 | 19.40 | 20.10 | 16.35 | 16.45 | 16.07 | 15.50 | 16.13 | 15.48 | - |

5 × 7 | 31 | 33.00 | 30.90 | 23.15 | 22.92 | 22.70 | 21.40 | 22.60 | 21.42 | - |

6 × 7 | 37 | 45.80 | 45.00 | 34.40 | 34.07 | 34.07 | 31.00 | 33.55 | 31.62 | - |

Total sum of average relocations | 368.82 | 324.82 | 286.35 | 284.37 | 282.91 | 265.38 | 280.66 | 266.04 |

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