An Agent-Based Solution for the Berth Allocation Problem

  • Claudio Cubillos Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • René Díaz Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • Enrique Urra Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • Daniel Cabrera-Paniagua Escuela de Ingeniería Comercial
  • Guillermo Cabrera Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • Gastón Lefranc Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso


This work presents the development of MABAP, a decision support system based on the agent technology that helps in solving the problem of berth allocation for ships within a port. The Berth Allocation Problem (BAP) regards the logistics involved in planning and controlling the berthing of vessels. A software architecture in terms of agents is presented; Berths and Ships representing the actors in the system, BerthRequest and BerthPlanner as representatives of ships and berths in the planning process, and finally the Dock and Central agents representing the dock or pier. The architecture modeling was done using PASSI methodology for the design of agent-oriented systems, and the implementation was done in JADE, a Javabased development environment for multiagent systems. To validate the resulting support system, tests were carried out in which the user can choose different portpolicy scenarios, ranging from maximizing vessels throughput to maximize berths use.


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How to Cite
CUBILLOS, Claudio et al. An Agent-Based Solution for the Berth Allocation Problem. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTERS COMMUNICATIONS & CONTROL, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 3, p. 384-394, june 2013. ISSN 1841-9844. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 16 jan. 2021. doi:


Artificial Intelligence, Decision support system, Multiagent architecture, Ports planning