Simulation based multi-mission cutter scheduling evaluation for the United States Coast Guard

Gregory E. Higgins, Sercan Demir, Nurcin Celik

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2 Scopus citations


The United States Coast Guard (USCG) plans the world-wide operations of its ships, referred to as cutters. Rule-based decision making mechanisms, the primary planning tools, are aimed at ensuring adequate time inport for maintenance, stand-by, and generalized assignments for at-sea deployments to geographic regions. This approach is problematic. Stochastic events are becoming increasingly costly. In 2013, Coast Guard cutters suffered nearly four times the normally allocated amount of operational days lost to unplanned repairs. Additionally, the predominant metric used by schedulers is the amount of time a cutter is focused on a single, primary mission. The reality of multi-mission operations is that unplanned emergency missions often supersede planned, routine missions. Furthermore, mission results contribute to multiple strategic goals, though to varying extents based on geographic area. We propose a comprehensive multi-mission schedule evaluation mechanism that measures productivity, given limited Coast Guard resources, across a spectrum of current and future scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
EditorsVictor Chan
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538634288
StatePublished - Jun 28 2017
Event2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Dec 3 2017Dec 6 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Other2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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