Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Shipping Management & Logistics


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Visvikis, Ilias.


The Dissertation is a study of optimizing terminal through Terminal Appointment System (TAS), comparing the impact of unscheduled truck arrival with regulated truck arrival to the optimization process. A brief look is taken at present growth in container business. The rapid growth of world container trade, especially in Asia brings economic potentials for the countries and also challenges for container terminals. Capacity limitation in accommodating the trade growth forces the terminal to optimize their existing equipment and facilities. The evaluation of the existing performance of each component of the terminal operation, covering quay, yard and gate operation, is a starting point to identify the crucial problem in the optimization process. Many terminals implement Terminal Appointment System (TAS) to optimize their operation. This dissertation discuss the benefit and the impact of TAS implementation to the container terminal operation. The concluding chapter examines the impact of TAS solution in optimizing terminal operation. Some recommendations are made concerning the implementation of TAS.