The Changing Landscape of Port investments in Europe
Returning to Amsterdam for the 2nd year, PFI Amsterdam 2017 will bring port finance, maritime, transport, infrastructure and industrial experts together to look how key European port players are responding to recent global industry trends.
Where: Radisson Blu Amsterdam
When: 11 - 12 April
Who: We invite all those involved in port and terminal operations, especially with an interest in European developments, to join us. Discounts are available. Register here
Major trends such as ongoing consolidation in the shipping sector, deployment of mega vessels, changing growth patterns and modern intermodal strategies will result in the need for port and terminal stakeholders to re-adjust their strategies, in order to harness new opportunities for growth and expansion in the coming years. How to successfully implement port projects in light of these developments is the core focus of this year's PFI Amsterdam conference.
Across 2 days of plenary presentations, panel discussions, workshops and keynote sessions, PFI Amsterdam 2017 will place a spotlight on the developments and growth plans in the European region, by bringing together over 100 experts from all parts of the port value chain - government bodies, port and terminal operators, shipping lines, intermodal operators, investment bankers and logistics service providers. PFI Amsterdam will provide an essential platform for discussion, networking, business development, learning and an exchange of dialogue with potential partners and business contacts.
Topics that will be covered include:
- Impact of major alliances in the shipping sector on the port industry
- Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) as a response to today's market challenges in the port sector
- Consolidation trends between terminal operators
- Outlook for European port and terminal developments
- Investment from and impact of non-traditional players entering the market
- How to finance complex port projects
- Impact of mega vessels on port authorities' port development strategies
- How to ensure bankability of large scale port projects
If you have a project or product that you would like to share with this audience, or if you would like to use this event to talk to 100+ leading port experts, please get in touch.
For more information please contact:
Director, Port Finance International
Alex Brenninkmeijer is Member of the European Court of Auditors (www.eca.europa.eu) and honorary Professor at Utrecht University Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (http://www.uu.nl). In the ECA he is responsible for the area of Research and Innovation, and recently issued a performance audit on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Previously, he was Ombudsman and deeply involved in analyses on the relation between citizens and governments and published a report on the 'incomprehensible government' (https://www.nationaleombudsman.nl/annual-report/2012). Alex Brenninkmeijer is graduate of the University of Groningen.
Steven Bouckaert is Deputy General Manager with DEME Concessions, part of the DEME Group, an international market leader for complex marine engineering works. Mr. Bouckaert specializes in Infrastructure projects with a focus on DBFM projects, Private Development/BOT and Channel Concessions. Mr. Bouckaert has a long experience in the maritime sector and marine infrastructure. He started his career at the leading Antwerp based stevedoring company Hessenatie. Following the take-over of Hessenatie by PSA International, Mr. Bouckaert became responsible for Business development at PSA Europe. Before joining the DEME Concessions team, he was director at Maritime and Transport Business Solutions, an international finance and strategy advisory firm in the ports and maritime sector.
& Port of Antwerp International
Lives in Antwerp, Flanders.
Master at Law UA.
Master at Maritime and Aeronautical Law ULB.
- 1980 - 2006: shareholder, executive of Hessenatie NV, later PSA Belgium: the biggest Port operator in Antwerp and Zeebrugge.
- 2002 - ongoing: Partner of Falconsult bvba: a maritime and logistical consultant and networker.
- 2015 - ongoing: Partner of OCRS bv: a green technological start-up at YES!DELFT.
Member of the Antwerp City Council and Chairman of the Antwerp City Council Port Commission: 2006 – ongoing.
Board member of PAI, Port of Antwerp International: 2010 – ongoing:
Incoming Secretary of the GSC, General Stevedoring Council.
Gavin Dow is a Partner with Breakthrough Group, a transportation and infrastructure advisory firm. Gavin specialises in strategy development, realisation and monetisation for clients across Asia.
Gavin spent 10 years heading up the strategy function at Modern Terminals, a Hong Kong based container terminal operator with substantial terminal investments in China. Gavin lead the strategic review, business planning and project delivery work across all the company's business units, as well as corporate affairs and lobbying efforts in Hong Kong. Gavin was latterly also accountable for growth and expansion projects globally, engaging with terminal operating peers, financial institutions, local industry participants and governments to develop partnerships and new terminals.
Prior to joining Modern Terminals in 2006, Gavin spent over a decade working in management consultancy, leading business change projects for transport and infrastructure clients in Europe and then across Asia, moving to Hong Kong in 2000.
Gavin is a Chartered Engineer (IMechE) and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, with a degree in mechanical engineering from Edinburgh University.
Tom Scheltjens is an economist in the Mobility Department of the Projects Directorate at the European Investment Bank. In this capacity he provides advice and independent opinions to the EIB's decision makers on the quality and risks of projects and on sector policy to be followed. Specialised in the maritime and logistics sector he appraises and advises on port infrastructure and shipping projects that apply for EIB financing. Before joining the EIB, Tom worked as a consultant on strategic decisions related to transport infrastructure investments, transport policy and regional development.
Bas Kolenburg is developing and expanding new business opportunities as customer finance solutions expert at Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., a leading global dredging & maritime services company, active in 75 countries across 6 continents.
Bas focuses, amongst others, on developing business cases and arranging finance solutions for Boskalis clients and projects worldwide.
Prior to this, Bas Kolenburg worked in corporate and project financing for 10 years at ING Bank, SMBC and NIBC before taking up the role of independent treasury and corporate finance consultant.
In 2009, Bas Kolenburg became the Group Treasurer of Dockwise, a marine contractor providing total transport services to the offshore and onshore industries as well as installation services of extremely heavy offshore platforms.
He held this position till the acquisition of Dockwise by Boskalis since 2013.
Bas Kolenburg holds a Master degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
Since September 2015, Alexander van den Bosch is the Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP). Before that, Mr van den Bosch has worked more than six years as EU representative for the Province of Zuid-Holland (NL), a strong transport region. In that capacity, he has been involved in the setting-up of the European network CLINSH (Clean Inland Shipping).
Before that, he was representing the Dutch Urban Network Brabantstad in Brussels, after having served for about three years as policy advisor in the European Parliament. He studied at the Dutch Institute for Public administration (Thorbecke Academy), at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and at the College of Europe in Bruges. Alexander is Dutch, is fluent in English and speaks French, German and Polish.
Ms. Lamia KERDJOUDJ-BELKAID is the Secretary General of FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Operators and Terminals since March 2014.
She has a professional experience of more than 19 years during which she held different positions within the maritime and logistics sector.
Among others, she has been for more than seven year the Public Affairs manager of the French Shipowners' Organization. Between 2009 - 2012, she has also been appointed as a senior expert and advisor in the framework of several European projects financed by different DGs of the European Commission.
She has also worked for private companies and corporations (among others Capmarine, Budd SA, CATRAM, EGIS) and has been in charge of consulting and business development assignments for large multinational companies. She is since 12 years a lecturer in Business schools in France and Germany in the field of stakeholders' management and multilateral negotiations.
William graduated from Durham University in 2008 with a Bachelor Degree in History and now has 9 years corporate banking experience in the maritime and infrastructure sectors based in London, first at Banco Santander and for the last 7 years at DNB Bank ASA.
Initially he was focussed on international ship finance, but more recently has worked exclusively on the financing of global maritime infrastructure in the form of deep-sea ports and terminals. Over the past few years William has played a lead role in multiple successfully completed transactions, covering a wide range of structures and jurisdictions.
William is actively involved throughout the financing process, initially working with clients to create optimal financing structures to suit their needs and then throughout until execution. Historical transactions include commercial bank debt and capital markets facilities, as well as numerous combinations of both.
Matthew Paul is a Director in Banca IMI's International Structured Finance team, covering project and acquisition financing across the infrastructure and energy sectors in the EMEA region. Banca IMI is the investment bank of the Italian banking group, Intesa Sanpaolo. In his 10 years of infrastructure finance experience, he has been involved in a number of port and terminal financings, with his most recent experience being leading Banca IMI's deal team on the financing that was arranged for the acquisition of Koole Terminals. Beyond this, his in-depth experience of the European infrastructure finance market provides him with a valuable insight into the profile that port and terminal transactions will need to meet to appeal to the infrastructure finance market.
Mr. Wouter van Nus is Strategic Finance & Treasury Expert at Port of Rotterdam, the Landlord of Europe's largest port and industrial complex.
Mr. Van Nus obtained a university degree in Business Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After graduating, he joined Maritime & Transport Business Solutions (MTBS), a strategy and finance advisory focused on the international port and terminal sector. After his 10-year career at MTBS, he moved to Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR). There he joined the team responsible for financial management and evaluation of the Authority's vast investment portfolio with an average annual investment of approximately €150M in port related assets and participating interests. His focus area concerns projects in relation to Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics as well as Real Estate, Port-City Redevelopments and domestic and overseas participating interests.
Johan-Paul Verschuure is Associate Director with the Maritime Advisory team of WSP in London. He combines financial-economical expertise with technical and operational expertise in order to assist a multitude of clients with market studies, strategy studies and business case development in the port and shipping sector. Prior to joining WSP he worked at Ocean Shipping Consultants in London. He has worked on projects in more than 35 countries for clients such as port operators, shipping lines, port authorities and financial institutions. Currently, he manages the business case and project finance team within the Maritime Advisory group at WSP. He also looks after the implementation of an extensive market database that combines the extensive market knowledge that Johan-Paul and his fellow team members have accumulated during multiple decades in the port and shipping industry. He has Master degrees from the TU Delft and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Andrew Webster is a Partner at JLT and is responsible for business development focused in and around the marine liability sector. He is primarily responsible for Ports & Terminals.
After a degree in Geography, Andrew began his career as a shipbroker in London concentrating on towage and salvage. After obtaining membership of the institute of chartered shipbrokers he then worked overseas, based in Geneva and Singapore, as a trader for CRC Cargo Recovery Consultants, and specialised in damaged commodities.
On returning to London in 1995, Andrew joined UK P&I Club dealing with Russian and Romanian owners' claims. 1996 saw a transfer to ITIC where he became an account executive dealing with Members in the Middle East and South America. At the end of 1999, he transferred to the TT Club, where he went to Dubai in 2000 to take over as General Manager at TTMS (Gulf) dealing with TT and ITIC Members in the Middle East and Indian Sub Continent.
In 2002, Andrew returned to London to take up the role of TT Clubs Loss Preventi on director – a role that he held prior to making the move to UKTI on secondment as the International Business specialist – ports working with the International Sector team in the London headquarters. Secondment ended in June 2008 and a position with Savi Performance Logistics (a Lockheed Martin company) became open. Inchcape Shipping Services beckoned at the end of 2008 and waved goodbye at the end of 2009. A brief spell of independent consulting gave way to Jardine Lloyd Thompson.
Stephen Leeming is a Partner at JLT and his focus is on insurance for the construction of infrastructure projects around the globe; with a particular focus on the delivery of ports and terminals.
Prior to joining JLT in 2007, Stephen was involved in all aspects of insurance for PPP projects from contract negotiations, advising on risk issues to performing due diligence for lenders. Stephen has found that his experience has helped him address the differing risk and insurance issues that surround port and terminal projects - particularly with the level of equity investment and funding that is generally seen.
Stephen has worked on prestigious projects such as the construction of the BTP terminal in Santos, and the New Port Project in Doha Qatar. The individual challenges that projects experience has resulted in JLT challenging the normal insurance perspective of the extent that the insurance market is prepared to cover risks associated with port and terminal construction to minimise the risks that stakeholders would traditionally be exposed to.
Tom Vermeiren is a senior management consultant specialized in strategic and financial advice to the port sector. Tom has more than 20 years of expertise working in a dedicated team of port consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has completed more than 140 management studies. He specializes in the fields of strategic planning, market studies, investment decisions, port reform, PPP and transactions. He has worked for port companies around the world covering major public and private port authorities, terminal operators, developers and investors. Tom holds a PhD in Commercial Engineering and is a guest lecturer for several courses at multiple Belgian universities relating to ports management and transport economics. His academic research named: the delta in the Delta is available on YouTube
Mr. Silvester KASUKU, MBS, CMILT is the Director General/ CEO, LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority which is charged with the responsibility of planning, coordinating and managing the implementation of the LAPSSET Corridor's 7 infrastructure Project Components, namely; Lamu Port, Railway and road networks connecting South Sudan and Ethiopia to Lamu Port, Airports, Resort Cities, Crude oil Pipelines from South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya oil fields to Lamu Port and a planned refinery in Kenya.Mr. Kasuku has a wealth of experience and expertise in infrastructure and services management policy which he has gained over the years through academia, research, consultancy and policy advisory services covering governments, private sector and development partners. In the private sector, Mr. Kasuku has been a renowned international Consultant in and outside Kenya where he has undertaken various assignments in Infrastructure and Transport Policy Analysis and development, Institutional and Legal Reform and studies on Infrastructure projects for close to 15 years.
After graduating from Kings College of London, Alp ÇAPA started his career in the port and terminal services industry in 2003 as customer services and marketing representative for Marport Terminal Operators S.A. In 2008, Capa was promoted as the manager for Arkas Port and Terminal Services, responsible for container and car carrier liner contracts, sales and business development of all ports under the Arkas umbrella. He was appointed as director in March 2015 and is currently responsible for commercial affairs of Arkas Port and Terminal Services group companies.
Roel Martens has over 30 years of international experience as a consultant and (since 2001) as a policy advisor for the Department for International Economic Relations. He has extensive experience in public private partnerships and is focussing on innovative finance and project structuring for water-investments including port development.
Mrs. Van Dijk is an Economist and Project Manager working for the Ocean Shipping Consultants team within Royal HaskoningDHV. She is specialised in preparing and executing economic assessments for infrastructure projects, including market studies, feasibility studies and institutional advisory, both as a subject matter expert and as a project manager.
As project manager she has been responsible for projects for public and private clients. She gained expertise in international port projects, including recent privatisation projects and investment plans for West African ports.
Mr. van Leengoed, CFA, is manager at MTBS (Maritime & Transport Business Solutions B.V.) since 2009. He is economist (MSc Erasmus University Rotterdam) and civil engineer (MSc Delft University of Technology). He has worked for seven years at Royal Boskalis Westminster, a globally leading dredging, infrastructure and offshore contractor and a maritime service provider. As Production Engineer, he has obtained technical expertise to develop international maritime infrastructure projects. As Manager Project Finance at the Treasury Department, he has supported the implementation of international infrastrucure projects through arranging solutions with project finance, export finance, development aid, and payment security structures.
At MTBS he has further developed his expertise in the fields of strategy, project and company valuation and PPP transaction implementation. His global experience includes port development projects of various sizes in Abu Dhabi, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Maldives, Mozambique, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Seychelles, Slovenia, and South Africa. Clients include public and private port developers as well as International Financial Institutions and commercial banks. Moreover, is a frequent lecturer and speaker for Master students and at conferences on topics related to Port Finance and Port PPP.
Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee
|09:30||Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Steven Bouckaert, Deputy General Manager, DEME
|09:45|| Keynote address: Harbour, labour or Investment?
Alex Brenninkmeyer, Member of the European Court of Auditors
|Session 1: Trends and developments impacting the European port sector|
|10:00||White paper - 2017, 2018 and beyond: Enabling a framework for private investment in the European Union (EU)
Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General, Federation of European Private Port Operators and Terminals (FEPORT)
|10:25||To be announced|
Port of Rotterdam strategy: outlook, trends and developments
Wouter van Nus, Strategic Finance Management, Port of Rotterdam Authority
Port Infrastructure investment for economic development: From a risk and operational perspective
Stephen Leeming, Partner, JLT Specialty and Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT Specialty
New waters for European ports?
Question and Answer Session
|Session 2: Opportunities and challenges in financing port infrastructure projects|
How EIB can support financing of port implementation projects
Tom Scheltjens, Maritime Economist, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Current and future financing market of ports and terminals
William Holme, Vice President Port & Terminal Financing Group, DNB Bank
A new model for port financing? Opportunities for collaboration by investors to get the best out of port financing
Johan-Paul Verschuure, Associate Director, Maritime & Logistics, WSP
Panel Session: Infrastructure financing developments
|Session 3: Lessons learned from an international perspective|
Panel Session: Lessons learned from an international perspective
Question and Answer Session
|17:15||Summary Notes Followed by Networking Reception to 19:30|
|19:00||Networking Reception Hosted by DEME|
|08:30||Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee|
Opening Notes from Conference Chair
|Session 4: Unlocking value in the port and maritime transport chain|
The role of inland ports in the supply chain
Alexander van den Bosch, Director, European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)
Case study: Railport, an Arkas and Duisport joint venture: Developing an intermodal inland terminal in Turkey
Relation between inland ports and sea ports
Eleanor Hadland, Managing Consultant – Ports & Marine, AECOM
The changing role of the contractor in the development of infrastructure investments
Bas Kolenburg, Manager Business Development / Finance, Boskalis
Dealing with overcapacity in European ports
|Session 5: Workshop PPP and Bankability|
Duration: 13:30 – 16:00 - Hosted by MTBS
*Certain speakers, topics, titles and content may be subject to alteration. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme as necessary
Sponsors & Partners
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PFI Amsterdam 2017 Delegate Information
Local Time Zone: GMT+1
Conference venue address:
Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam
Rusland 17, 1012 CK, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Port Finance International has secured preferential rates for a limited number of rooms if you book before 14 March.
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I Amsterdam City Card
This card consists of a smartcard, a public transport ticket (GVB public transport system), a pocket guide and provides over 50 free and 60 discounted offers on major tourist attractions and restaurants. Buy yours at several Tourist Offices (Central Station)
Combine your visit to Port Finance International with visiting Amsterdam, the beautiful Dutch capital, famous for its canals and home to many cultural hotspots.
Amsterdam's historic city centre with its beautiful canals has been UNESCO World Heritage since 2010. The best way to see the beautiful canals is by boat. Join a canal cruise or even better, rent a boat yourself.
The Netherlands are famous for it's painters; Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Gogh and many others. The Rijksmuseum and the van Gogh Museum have a extended collection of the Dutch cultural heritage. Also the Anne Frank House is a museum you do not want to miss.
Amsterdam is an excellent shopping city. Big shopping areas are the Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat. You will find fancy little boutiques in the Nine Streets (Jordaan), and Haarlemmerstraat. Visit the P. C. Hooftstraat for haute couture and the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat for antique shops.
One of the largest and most interesting art museums in the world is Rijksmuseum. Located at the Museumplein, Art Square Amsterdam, less than a 20-minute stroll from the hotel. It lies side by side with other gems, such as the Van Gogh and Stedelijk Museums. The museum, hosts an unparalleled collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and many more.
Van Gogh Museum
A must for Vincent van Gogh enthusiasts, is without a doubt a visit to the museum dedicated to the famous Dutch artist. The Van Gogh Museum boasts the world's largest collection from the painter with more than 200 paintings and 600 drawings. In 2012, the museum recorded almost 1.5 million visitors, which makes it the most visited museum in the Netherlands and the 30th most visited in the world.
From the hotel it's a less than 20-minute stroll over the canals to Museumplein, Art Square.
The Stedelijk Museum is internationally renowned for modern and contemporary art, as well as design from the early 20th and 21st century. Some of the artists you'll see are Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Karel Appel, Andy Warhol, Willem de Koning, Marlene Dumas, Lucio Fontana, and Gilbert & George. With a collection of 90,000 modern paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, design objects and video artefacts, it's not to be missed.
It's located in Museumplein along with the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum.
Anne Frank House
If you are looking for a museum with a story to tell, spend a day at the Anne Frank House. This will provide a real and thought provoking experience of how she, and many other Jews, experienced the beginning of the Second World War.The museum gives you the opportunity to see first-hand how Anne Frank hid with her family from Nazi persecution, from 1942 until their betrayal in 1944, and read her famous diary.
From the hotel it's a 1.5 kilometer walk to the museum, or alternatively head to the Spui tram stop and take the no.14 tram to Westermarkt. From there it's a short 2-minute walk along Prinsengracht.
Located on the banks of the Amstel River you will find the Amsterdam branch of Russia's famed Hermitage Museum, which focuses on Russian History and culture.The Hermitage displays a rotating selection of works, including sculptures, graphic work and paintings. The museum also has a children's section with regular workshops, guided tours and events such as classical concerts.
From the hotel it's just a short 10-minute walk via the Amstel River.
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