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Port Finance International Amsterdam 2017

11 - 12 April 2017



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Early bird rate available to
3rd March: €795

Standard Rate: €1095

15% discount for 2 or more delegates from the same company when booked at the same time.

Members of our partners are entitled to a special 30% discount on the delegate price.

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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:

Cathy Hodge,
Director, Port Finance International


Johan-Paul Verschuure
Johan-Paul Verschuure
Associate Director, Maritime & Logistics
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Biography pending.

Steven Bouckaert
Steven Bouckaert
Deputy General Manager


Biography pending.

Gavin Dow
Gavin Dow
General Manager - Strategy & Business Development
Modern Terminals - Hong Kong

Gavin Dow is the General Manager – Strategy & Business Development at Modern Terminals, a Hong Kong based container terminal operator with substantial terminal investments in China. Group throughput, calculated on an equity basis, has reached 8 million TEUs.

Gavin leads 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 is 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.

Silvester Kasuku
Silvester Kasuku
Director General
LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority

Biography pending.

William Holme
William Holme
Vice President


Biography pending.

Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster
Jardine Lloyd Thompson - JLT


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
Stephen Leeming
Jardine Lloyd Thompson - JLT


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 Scheltjens
Tom Scheltjens
Port Specialist, Projects Directorate
European Investment Bank (EIB)


Biography pending.

Wouter van Nus
Wouter van Nus
Advisor Strategic Finance Management
Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Biography pending.


Agenda day 1: 11 April 2017

Session 1: Opportunities and challenges in financing port infrastructure projects

  • Financing options & tools available in the market
  • How to ensure bankability of large-scale port projects
  • Mobilizing investments from public and private sources
  • PPP and optimal risk allocation to enhance project value
  • Infrastructure investment for economic development

Session 2: Trends & developments impacting European port sector

  • Impact of mega vessels on port authority's port development strategies
  • Impact of major alliances in shipping sector on the port industry
  • Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) as response to today's market challenges in port sector
  • Outlook for European port & terminal developments

Session 3: Lessons learned from an international perspective (panel discussion)

  • Industry trends in the Asian port sector impacting ports and terminals
  • How do international trends affect the European port sector?
  • How can ports and terminal improve efficiency levels?

Agenda day 2: 12 April 2017

Session 4: Unlocking value by improving the transport supply chain

  • Policy and regulations in EU’s maritime and port sector
  • The role of inland ports in the supply chain
  • Innovative port solutions to reduce bottlenecks in logistics

Session 5: Workshop - PPP and Bankability

If you are interested in becoming a speaker at this event, please contact: cathy@portfinanceinternational.com

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Delegate Info

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.

Single room @ 219.00 EUR and double room @ 244.00 per room per night, including breakfast excluding city tax.

Please follow the instruction below to book a room at the Radisson Blu Hotel:

  1. Go to www.radissonblu.com/hotel-amsterdam
  2. Click on “Book Now”
  3. Enter the dates of the stay (10-13/04/2017) and fill in the required number of rooms and guests
  4. Click on "select rate type" on the left (a pop-up windows will appear)
  5. Select “Promotional Code
  6. Fill out the appearing box with "PFI"
  7. Click on "Book now”
  8. Select  the applicable and available room and follow the further booking procedure

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)

Visiting Amsterdam
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.

Sightseeing guide

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.
Stedelijk Museum
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.

Hermitage Amsterdam
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.


Early bird rate available to 3rd March: €795

Standard Rate: €1095

15% discount for 2 or more delegates from the same company when booked at the same time.
Members of our partners are entitled to a special 30% discount on the delegate price.
Please ensure you quote the Association partner when booking.

Only one discount may be applied to any booking – PFI will apply the greater discount.

*Please note you may be asked for proof of company.

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Terms and Conditions

Fees Include:
Delegate fees include lunch, refreshments, access to the networking drinks reception and an electronic copy of the conference slides sent after the event.

Terms of Payment:
Payment must be made in full prior to the conference date.

Cancellation Refund Policy
4 weeks plus = 100%
3 weeks plus = 75%
2 weeks plus = 50%
Less than 2 weeks = no refund
Substitutions may be made at any time in writing.
**All discounts must be applied at time of booking and cannot be given retrospectively under any circumstances.**

Speaker Cancellations & Programme Changes:
Although every effort is made to ensure our speakers appear as advertised; we are unable to guarantee any speaker's attendance as unforeseen circumstances can arise which can prevent a speaker from being able to attend. In the event of a speaker being unable to attend we will make every effort to find a suitable replacement of the same calibre and level of expertise. To avoid disappointment, please visit our website regularly to keep up to date with the latest programme for each conference. In the unfortunate event of a cancellation, Port Finance International is not liable for any cost incurred by delegates in connection with their attendance.

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