This project aims at identifying and validating the performance measurements of container logistics at Qatalum Smelter. The project investigates two different cases that Qatalum has implemented to manage the empty container logistics using simulation. The first case is to keep a limited empty container buffer; and the second case is to provide empty containers in a just-in-time fashion. Accordingly, a field research was conducted at Qatalum to collect required data. Quantitative and informative data were collected though meetings, on-site observations, and time and motion measurements to develop spaghetti diagrams that show all possible flows and flow charts of container logistics in order to develop the simulation models. Both situations were simulated using Arena software. Optimal buffer size of empty containers inside the cast house was determined, in which different empty containers buffer sizes were tried to choose the optimum buffer size. The vehicle fleet utilization in both cases was determined and scenario testing was implemented, in which the effect of adding additional resources was observed. The results show that the optimal buffer size of empty containers inside the cast house is 14 containers. The vehicle fleet utilization in the current case is less than its utilization in sand case and the most utilized vehicles in both cases are trucks and the container mover. The impact of additional resources is also studied via simulation.


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