Routing a USCG buoytender to service aids to navigation: a case of the traveling salesman problem
Bechtle, Jon Michael
Lindsay, Glenn F.
Wood, R. K.
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A problem of routing a U.S. Coast Guard buoytender to service aids to navigation is formulated as a symmetric traveling salesman problem. A heuristic algorithm is developed which seeks the minimum distance tour which can be taken by the buoytender to visit the aids to navigation. A user's guise is provided. The algorithm is programmed in Convergent Technologies FORTRAN for use on the Coast guard Standard Terminal. Several problems are solved by the algorithm producing solutions that are optimal or nearly optimal.
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