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Prepositioning Commodities to Repair Maritime Navigational Aids
Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (2013)
  • Jessye L Bemley
  • Lauren B Davis
  • Luther G Brock, III
Purpose - As the intensity of natural disasters increase, there is a need to develop policies and procedures to assist various agencies with moving aid to affected areas. One of the biggest limitations to this process is damage to transportation networks, in particular waterways. To keep waterways safe, aids to navigation (ATONs) are placed in various areas to guide mariners and ships to their final destination. If the ATONs are damaged, then the waterways are left unsafe, making it difficult to move supplies and recover from a disaster. The aim of this paper is to explore the effectiveness of prepositioning strategies for port recovery in response to a natural disaster. Design/methodology/approach - A stochastic facility location model is presented to determine where teams and commodities should be prepositioned in order to maximize the number of ATONs repaired given a constraint on response time. The first stage decisions focus on determining the location of resources. The second stage decisions consist of the distribution of supplies and teams to affected areas. Findings - Results show the benefit of prepositioning and the value of coordination toward the responsiveness of restoring waterways. Furthermore, the relationship between resources, repair time, and response is characterized. Originality/value - There has been extensive work addressing prepositioning as it relates to responding to the needs of populations affected by disasters. However, little has been done to explore prepositioning in the context of business recovery from severe weather events.
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Jessye L Bemley, Lauren B Davis and Luther G Brock. "Prepositioning Commodities to Repair Maritime Navigational Aids" Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management Vol. 3 Iss. 1 (2013)
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