Tim Hoerstebrock, Christian Denker, Tammo Buss, Axel Hahn
The 2012 International Conference on Logistics and Maritime Systems (LOGMS)
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) promises to be an ecological and economical favourable fuel alternative for ship propulsion in comparison to heavy oil. Considering its introduction, port authorities and ship owner face a stalemate due to missing fuelling infrastructure (ship owner’s view) or missing modified ships (port’s view). Therefore, strategies must be developed that create incentives to make the step towards the new technology. This is a complex task which cannot be solved by statistical approaches since they lack temporal and spatial resolution. In order to assess the introduction of new propulsion systems in existing transportation systems (including its required infrastructure), we propose a multi-agent simulation (MAS) framework. Our approach consists of three layers which include basic functionality of a MAS, concrete agents for traffic systems and a specific implementation of ship models. We demonstrate that all relevant data in different aggregation levels can be integrated in order to assess certain setups of technical ship and infrastructure equipment and to evaluate different LNG introduction strategies.