A study of a ferry transportation system for an archipelagic region: a case study in Maluku

Buana, I.G.N. Sumanta (1999) A study of a ferry transportation system for an archipelagic region: a case study in Maluku. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

A ferry transportation system consists of many factors, which interact in a complex manner. Such a system is very difficult to analyze analytically. A computer simulation is thus an appropriate method to aid in understanding the system and its design. The Province of Maluku, which consists of thousands of islands spread haphazardly, has suffered from having an ineffective sea transportation system. A good sea transportation system is essential for the development of this island province. The purpose of this study is to analyze a ferry transportation system suitable for the Province of Maluku. As an initial step, the study proposes to model ferry traffic between a major port Ambon and nine outlying smaller communities on surrounding islands. The performance of the ship to be measured is the time spent during its annual operation, that is, travelling/voyage time at sea, waiting time at the offing, and service time at a dock in a port. The other performance of the ships to be measured is the annual number of trip needed by a particular ship to carry the annual quantity of commodity. In doing so, a computer model written in MODSIM III is used to support decision-making. Since the actual commodity data were inaccessible, a very general model was developed which can be utilized under any conditions, making the model very flexible to changing. The model will be run under some configurations, which includes the use of five different types of ship and its quantity in a particular route. A trial and error procedure will be carried out in order to obtain several optimum performances of ships in the whole system.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11689
Item ID: 11689
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 100-102).
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: March 1999
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Ferries--Indonesia--Maluku--Computer simulation; Transportation--Indonesia--Maluku--Planning.

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