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Port Finance International Amsterdam 2015

Unlocking the Bottlenecks in Africa's Ports

  • 8 & 9 October 2015 | Crowne Plaza, Amsterdam City Centre



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Unlocking the Bottlenecks through Port Developments - A Focus on Africa

Ports around the globe are planning expansions to respond to the growth and changing patterns (such as vessel size) of containerised maritime trade and to the development needs of their hinterland economies. Global trade is on the rise again, driven by growth in the emerging economies. Inadequate container port infrastructure can be a severe logistics bottleneck and a constraint on growth. Efficiency and capacity need to increase in step with demand. At the same time, port policy makers and terminal operators have to match capacity to demand carefully to avoid costly overinvestment, a task complicated by rapid technological change in shipping markets with the introduction of larger vessels, fluctuating fuel prices and restructuring through mergers and alliances.

Large-scale port projects have irreversible effects on land use and multiple impacts on the local economy and local community. They affect the way that the regional and national economy operates as a whole, not just in the vicinity of the port, with major impacts on regional transport systems. Port planners make better decisions when these broad impacts are examined as part of the development of a national freight transport and logistics strategy. Private investment in port terminals is also facilitated by the certainty engendered by these strategies. Decisions to invest in new container ports need, in particular, to take careful account of forecasts of hinterland demand for containerized trade, the broader context of evolving maritime transport markets, competition between ports, the development of port hinterland transport infrastructure, community attitudes towards port traffic and environmental issues. 1

A well-developed transport infrastructure is critical for the efficient functioning of an economy. It facilitates trade by reducing the cost and time of moving goods to where there is a market for it; it also makes it possible for people to travel, or to move to regions where there are jobs available. Good transport infrastructure and services have a massive impact on productivity and economic development. The lack of good transport infrastructure is, however, a key constraint to economic development in Africa.

In order for Africa to fully achieve its economic growth potential, a significant improvement in the quality and scale of its infrastructure is required. The need to upgrade and expand infrastructure does, however, represent a significant opportunity for international investors looking to develop and finance infrastructure in Africa and share in the benefits this can bring. There are several projects in the pipeline, with the involvement of both government and private sector. For investors and developers willing to take on risk, these offer potentially lucrative investment opportunities.

Port Finance International Amsterdam on 8 & 9 October 2015, held in association with the Port of Amsterdam International and the NABC (Netherlands-African Business Council) will address current issues and challenges in port and related infrastructure capacities, user and investor expectations and how the African region as a whole is gearing up to attract more international investments.  Project updates on greenfield and expansion projects will be showcased for potential investment opportunities in African ports and related infrastructure. In addition, strategies for operational efficiencies, congestion management and technology solutions will also be discussed.

Confirmed speakers to date:

  • Yann Alix, Business Development Manager, SOGET
  • Steven Boukaert, Director, MTBS
  • Steve Cameron, Managing Director, Cameron Maritime Resources
  • Joss Dare, Managing Partner, Ashurst
  • Francois-Xavier Delenclos, Vice President, Business Development, APMT
  • Michel Donner, Senior Advisor, Drewry
  • Pedro García, Business Consultant, Portel Servicios Telematicos
  • Gunther Ginckels, Business Partner, InduStreams
  • Jan Harm Kamphuisen, Director Consulting Europe and Africa, Control Risks
  • Rene van Hell, Director International Enterprise, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Bas Kolenburg, ‎Treasury Manager, Boskalis
  • Frank Luisman, Director, MTBS
  • Tarik Maaouni, Director of Organization and Information Systems, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)
  • Alec Martin, Principal Consultant - Impact Assessment and Planning, ERM
  • Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA - International Port Community Systems Association
  • Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Managing Director, Port of Amsterdam International
  • Wouter van Nus, Manager, MTBS
  • Jean-Philippe Paquin, Ports & Marine Practice Leader, CPCS
  • Marco Pluijm, Manager Port and Marine Infrastructure Sector, Bechtel Corporation
  • Johny M. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay
  • Omar Suleiman, Ex. Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority
  • Remmelt Thijs, Senior Consultant, TBA
  • Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT

Who should attend:

  • Government/Ministries (of Transport/Logistics/Trade/Finance)
  • Port Authorities
  • Port & Terminal Operators
  • Shipping Lines
  • Railway, Logistics & Freight Forwarding Companies
  • Shipyard Operators
  • Finance Sector (Banks, Investment Funds, Multilateral Development Banks/Regional
  • Development Banks/International Financial Institutions)
  • Legal/Insurance Institutions
  • EPC Contractors
  • Strategic Think-tanks
  • Port & Terminal Service and Equipment Suppliers


Agenda Last Updated: 30/9/15

7 October 2015

19.00 Icebreaker Drinks Reception at the Crowne Plaza
Delegates are invited to join us for an informal drink to get to know each other and start their discussions early!

Agenda Day 1
8 October 2015


Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:30 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Steven Boukaert, Director, MTBS
09:40 Keynote Welcome Address
Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Managing Director, Port of Amsterdam International
10:10 Welcome Address - The Rise of Africa and the Business Opportunities this Presents
Rene van Hell, Director International Enterprise, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Session 1: Africa’s Maritime Infrastructure and Industrial Acceleration
10:40 Keynote Address: Developing a Global Supply Chain Ecosystem - A Walvis Bay Perspective
Johny M. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay
11:10 Tea/Coffee Break
11:30 Keynote Address: Developing and Implementing a Port Master Plan to Support Growth
Omar Suleiman, Former Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority

Infrastructure Investment to Drive Industrial, Economic and Population Growth

  • Case Study: A USD1.5 billion investment in Ghana’s infrastructure by APM Terminals and its partners is unconventional in its scope, and will have a major role to play in maintaining the pace of one of the world’s fastest growing countries

Francois-Xavier Delenclos, Vice President, Business Development, APMT


Building with Nature

  • Sustainable port developments
  • Green ports

Bas Kolenburg, Senior Treasury Manager, Boskalis

13:00 Lunch Break
Session 2: Investment & Transaction Scenarios for Optimum Development
14:00 Investment & Transaction Scenarios for Optimum Development
Jean-Philippe Paquin, Ports & Marine Practice Leader, CPCS

How do West African Ports adapt to the Changing Patterns in Container Shipping?

  • An update of fast paced African projects, linked to shipping industry evolution
Michel Donner, Senior Advisor, Drewry

The New Era of Public Private Partnerships

  • Responding to a changing environment

Frank Luisman, Director, MTBS

15:30 Tea/Coffee Break
Session 3: Improving Connectivity in Africa
16:00 Developing a Single Window Trade Portal for Global Trade Facilitation
Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA (International Port Community Systems Association)
16:30 Panel Discussion - How a Trade Information Portal can be a Pathway to International Trade
Moderated by: Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA (International Port Community Systems Association)
Panelists include:
Pedro García, Business Consultant, Portel Servicios Telematicos
Yann Alix, Business Development Manager, SOGET

Summary Notes Followed by a Canal Boat Tour and Gala Dinner Hosted by MTBS

Canal Boat Tour and Gala Dinner
Hosted by MTBS
Venue: The Heineken Experience, Amsterdam


Delegates will leave for the Gala Dinner venue from the nearby waterfront canal boat pick up and be taken in style to The Heineken Experience. This dinner is open to all PFI Amsterdam participants – but please ensure you have confirmed your place in advance. Please email joanne@portfinanceinternational.com if you have not yet done so.

Maritime & transport business solutions

Agenda Day 2
9 October 2015

08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee
09:15 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Steve Cameron, Managing Director, Cameron Maritime Resources
Session 4: Port Planning and Preparedness

Controlling Risk and Insurance in African Port Projects

  • Key insurance issues relating to the development of ports and terminals.
  • Focus on project control, operational issues, concessions

Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT


Operational and Integrity Risk Facing African Ports

  • Case studies from Nigeria, Kenya and Mozambique
  • Focus on mitigation
Jan Harm Kamphuisen, Director Consulting Europe and Africa Control Risks
10:20 Environmental, Social and Governance Risk in Port Project Finance
Alec Martin, Principal Consultant - Impact Assessment and Planning, ERM

Sustainability of Large Scale Port and Marine Infrastructure

  • Seen from a practical point of view – with examples from Europe and the US

Marco Pluijm, Manager Port and Marine Infrastructure Sector, Bechtel Corporation

11:10 Tea/Coffee Break
11:40 Africa: A New Port of Call for International Operators
Joss Dare, Managing Partner, Ashurst

Case Study Morocco: Improving Port Connectivity through a Single Window Portal for Trade Facilitation
Tarik Maaouni, Director of Organization and Information Systems, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)


Terminal Master Planning for Africa and New Technologies

  • In the African continent port and terminal master planning should consider specific African circumstances and experiences. At the same time terminal port authorities and terminal operators should also consider to make a step towards using modern technologies and copy best practices

Remmelt Thijs, Senior Project Manager, TBA (Holland)


Overcoming Bottlenecks and Embracing Opportunities in Africa’s Ports Sector

  • West African ports (WAFP), bottlenecks and lack of hinterland and multimodal opportunities city-locked ports - sense / nonsense of expanding these ports
  • TCT (Total Cost of Transit) cost comparing ports in the West Africa region
  • Competition between WAF ports or lack of it
  • Options for Port development in Africa - good examples/bad examples/SWOT’s
  • Where do the financiers and investors come in? CSR and sustainable development objectives
  • People, planet, prosperity (or profit?)
  • Opportunities through service ports for the mining industry – win/win synergies through service port commercialisation for 3rd party cargo flows
  • How can mining infrastructure – ports, railways, inland facilities – add value to the logistic process – missed opportunities
  • The possible impact of competition on the total logistics costs for the region

Gunther Ginckels, Business Partner, InduStreams

13:20 Lunch
14:30 Session 5 (Expert Session): Unlocking Port Investment Projects through PPP
Session run by Wouter van Nus, Manager, MTBS
16:00 Summary Notes followed by Tea/Coffee Break

*Certain speakers, topics, titles and content may be subject to alteration. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme as necessary.


Last updated 29 September 2015

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Yann Alix, Business Development Manager, SOGET

Yann Alix

Dr. Yann ALIX works at SOGET as Business Development Manager since 2011. He is a specialist of the emerging countries, essentially for Africa, Latin America as well as for Central Asia.

Since 2011, Dr Yann Alix is the General Delegate of the Fondation SEFACIL which aims to set up, lead and animate a unique international think-tank of excellence around strategic & prospective analysis on themes related to the future of Maritime Transport, Ports & Logistics. Dr. Yann ALIX has published Transportation Corridors (2012), Bulk & Logistics (2013) and Port-City Governance (2014) – The forthcoming fourth volume will be about Circular Economy & Port Ecosystem. Free download available at www.sefacil.com

After receiving his PhD from Concordia University and his Doctorate in Transport Geography from Caen University, Prof. Alix started a career as consultant for Maritime Innovation in Rimouski, leading applied researches and studies for the Canadian & International port authorities, shipping companies and logistics entities. Last October 2014, Dr. Yann Alix published a White Paper entitled The future belongs to fluidity and last October 2015 another essay about The New Age of the Wood.

Steven Boukaert, Director, MTBS

Steven Boukaert  

Steve Cameron, Managing Director, Cameron Maritime Resources

Steve Cameron  

Joss Dare, Managing Partner, Ashurst

Joss Dare Joss leads Ashurst's global transport team, which advises across road, rail, ports and aviation. As managing partner of the firm's Middle East offices, he also oversee the development of the firm's practice in the Middle East and also much of the African continent, including projects across multiple sectors in countries as diverse as Egypt, Nigeria and Uganda. Qualifying in 1997, Joss has wide-ranging experience of infrastructure transactions in a variety of sectors (including a number of flagship PFI/PPP projects), taking a leading role in advising public sector clients as well as sponsors, lenders and sub-contractors worldwide.  Joss advises clients as bidders, funders and sponsors on transport programmes across the project lifecycle.

Francois-Xavier Delenclos, Vice President, Business Development, APMT

Francois-Xavier Delenclos

As Vice President of Business Development, Mr. Delenclos is responsible for exploring and developing new opportunities and partnerships throughout the port industry and adjacent markets. He previously ran the company’s corporate strategy and business development unit guiding the company’s strategic direction and investment priorities, serving in this capacity since August 1st, 2011. Mr. Delenclos previously held the position of Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Prior to joining APM Terminals, Mr. Delenclos worked for McKinsey & Co in their Corporate Finance Practice in Asia, specializing in advising governments, port authorities, port operators and financial investors on their proposed port investment, geographic expansions and financing. He led several investment evaluations for private equity players, IPO engagements, cross-border transactions and joint venture negotiations between global companies and Chinese companies. Prior to his posting in Asia, Mr. Delenclos led several global engagements across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America with a focus on the infrastructure and metal & mining sectors.

Mr. Delenclos holds a degree in economics from Institut d’Etudes Politiques and a degree in Finance from the ESSEC Business School in Paris, with additional advanced business and leadership coursework at Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Michel Donner, Senior Advisor, Drewry

Michel Donner

Michel Donner has over 40 years international hands-on experience in the shipping, port and terminals industries.

His area of expertise includes container terminal operations, management and projects, port concessions, Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP), vessel operations, stevedoring, supply-chain-security (SCS) and intermodal transport.

He joined the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group in 1981. As from 1987, he held expatriate positions in Africa (6 years), in Latin-America (8 years, of which 6 in Brazil) and India (2 years), carrying out operations, business development, project management and general management duties both at corporate level and in the field, for Maersk Line and APM Terminals.

He joined the World Bank in 2007 as Port & Maritime Transport Specialist, where he contributed to the formulation of the Bank’s approach to ports and waterborne trade, assisting World Bank clients with the technical and PPP aspects of Bank-funded projects, also conducting non-financial audits and assessments of port and trade facilitation projects. He collaborated on various WB publications like the Supply Chain Security Guide.

In November 2011, he joined Drewry as Senior Advisor, focusing on business development in Latin America and Africa.

Pedro García, Business Consultant, Portel Servicios Telematicos

Pedro García

With an Industrial Engineer degree and more than 15 years of experience in Port Management Pedro currently works as a Business Consultant in Innovation and Product Development at PORTEL. (Spanish public company with the specific role of Deploying ICT technologies in Spanish Ports)

Specialising in implementation of Port Community Systems for small and medium-sized Ports in Spain. Also providing business process analysis in several areas in Port Management (Ship operations, Port services, cargo operations, National Single Window integrations with PCS, Port safety and security.

Pedro has also been involved with International projects focused on Maritime transport (TEN T Agency, FAO, Spanish Agency for International Development, etc) in different countries (Europe, North and West Africa).

Gunther Ginckels, Business Partner, InduStraems

Gunther Ginckels

Born and raised in Antwerp, Gunther Ginckels seized the opportunities that the economic Metropolis Flanders and the Port of Antwerp offers in the Shipping and Port sector to start his career. In 1980 he joined Maersk Line as Operations Manager where he started and developed over a decade the operational activities for Maersk Container Line in Belgium and Luxembourg.

In the early 90’s he then started his "expatriation journey" and assumed several Director and Board positions for A P Moller-Maersk affiliates in France, the USA, Denmark, Guinea, Benin, Rotterdam, Algeria, South Africa and Guinea to return to Antwerp in 2010. He left the A P Moller-Maersk Group in 2012 with a goodwill and the satisfaction of having contributed for over 32 years to the unparalleled success of today’s No. 1 container shipping company in the world.

His expertise is found in steering Business Units with an Operational twist and full P&L responsibility. Africa and specifically Shipping & Intermodal operations, Strategy and Innovation are his key areas while his function as CEO of Port of Antwerp International added value to the overseas partnerships of the Port of Antwerp in Oman, Africa and India.

Currently he owns SEASC4U and is Business Partner in InduStreams where a team of highly qualified Shipping & Port Executives offer their expertise to the Industry.

Jan Harm Kamphuisen, Director Consulting Europe and Africa, Control Risks

Jan Harm Kamphuisen

Jan Kamphuisen manages Control Risks' Europe and Africa risk analysis teams. We provide our clients with strategic and practical insight into markets, sectors, projects, issues and people across both continents. Our consulting solutions allow clients to make informed decisions around new business ventures, resilience and problem-solving. Jan was previously based in Dubai where he headed up Control Risks’ Middle East and North Africa risk analysis team.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Jan worked in the field of law, first with the European Space Agency in the Netherlands and later as a lawyer in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. He has comprehensively advised clients on commercial and corporate law aspects of business operations throughout the Middle East, including challenging jurisdictions such as Ethiopia, Sudan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Jan Kamphuisen holds a Master’s degree in European and International Law, and a degree in Arabic Language and Cultures from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He also studied International Relations at the University Poitiers, France. Jan is a native Dutch speaker and also speaks English, French, German, Arabic and Spanish.

Rene van Hell, Director International Enterprise, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Pedro García

In December 2011 René joined as Director for International Business at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to joining the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rene acted as Deputy Director for Trade Policy and Global issues at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. René is an experienced economist with 20 years’ international experience contributing to the success of political, economic, regulatory, and public policy initiatives supporting core missions of the Netherlands government and the European Union.

Bas Kolenburg, ‎Treasury Manager, Boskalis

Pedro García

Bas Kolenburg is a Senior Treasury manager 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 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. At Dockwise he was responsible for all "A-Z" treasury management and corporate finance activities, including arranging up to approx. USD 750 mln, equity raising and new debt financings. 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.

Frank Luisman, Director, MTBS

Pedro García

Frank Luisman is director and co-owner of MTBS (Maritime & Transport Business Solutions B.V.). Frank has more than 20 years of experience in transaction advisory, strategy advisory, port restructuring, market and feasibility analyses and financing advisory for ports and terminals worldwide. Amongst his many international clients are port authorities, terminal operators, international financing institutions and commercial banks.

He graduated at the Technical University Twente in 1990 and successfully finalized his post-doctoral study Operational Auditing at the Rotterdam Erasmus University in 1996. After graduation Frank served for nearly 2 years in the Dutch Royal Navy as reserve officer. After his resignation in 1991 he started working as consultant and developed his special interest and expertise in the maritime, port and transport business through a wide variety of assignments and clients. From 1999 to 2006 he worked at Deloitte where he was the Global Port Sector Leader. In 2006 he joined MTBS to exploit his entrepreneurial capabilities and ambitions.

Tarik Maaouni, Director of Organization and Information Systems, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)

Tarik Maaouni

Chief Information Officer of Morocco's National Agency for ports (ANP) since 2012, Mr Tarik MAAOUNI served as chief information officer within public and private groups in France and Morocco for over 10 years. Graduate of a major French engineering school, specialized in information technology, Mr MAAOUNI gained experience of different industries: financial, banking, public service, and logistics. He assured the coordination of PORTNET national project on behalf of the ANP since 2012.

Alec Martin, Principal Consultant - Impact Assessment and Planning, ERM

Alec Martin  

Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA - International Port Community Systems Association

Richard Morton

Richard spent his early career working in European road and sea freight operations and management and then brought that experience to bear in a series of international projects related to port and supply chain cooperation and development.

In 2011 Richard was appointed as Secretary General of the European Port Community Systems Association. This new association was the first time that Port Community System Operators have come together in an Association. The Association provides a voice for electronic data interchange operators within the Maritime and Logistics sector. On 1st September 2014, EPCSA changed to the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) to take account of it’s growing global membership and now its members operate in ports handling in excess of 100 TEUs and 3 billion tonnes of cargo, the latest member being SEGUCE, Togo in West Africa.

In his role as Secretary General Richard works to support international organisations including the UN, WCO, the European Commission, IMO and many others on the electronic exchange of information by providing experience and knowledge of practical trade facilitation.


Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Managing Director, Port of Amsterdam International

Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen

Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen started at Port of Amsterdam in April 2000 as Commercial Manager Containers, Food and Logistics. His career at Port of Amsterdam included a 5-year stationing overseas in Shanghai, China as Sales Director Asia and Chief Representative. As such, Gert-Jan has extensive experience in the international maritime sector. Since October 2013, Gert-Jan is the Managing Director of Port of Amsterdam International B.V. (PoAI), a 100% subsidiary of the Port of Amsterdam Group. PoAI makes the experience and expertise of the port authority available to assist foreign ports in port development and management and cruise development and management. This experience and expertise is very applicable to the situation in Africa, which is therefore one of the focus areas of PoAI.

Gert-Jan holds two other positions. One is Managing Director Amsterdam Port Consultants (since October 2013). This collaboration between multiple port and cruise related companies and knowledge institutes has a long track record of successful projects in Africa, along all its shores. PoAI is one of the members.

Gert-Jan’s third position is Chairman of the public private consortium “Port Development Partnership”. Gert-Jan is advisor to the board of Port of Amsterdam on international developments and projects.

Wouter van Nus, Manager, MTBS

Wouter van Nus

Wouter van Nus is Senior Consultant for MTBS, he obtained a university degree in Business Administration at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He wrote an award-winning master thesis on container terminal benchmarking in 2006, after which he joined the MTBS team.

In 2008 he published an academic article on this subject in the International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM). He has been involved in several port-related projects in The Netherlands and abroad for both public and private clients. Mandates covered transactions, institutional analyses, location studies, financial engineering, trade and traffic forecasting, PPP structuring and equity valuations. Specific experience was acquired in the field of management, economics and financial advice. Working experience was obtained with regards to financial modeling, trade and traffic forecasting and project management. International experience was obtained in Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Eastern Europe. Complementing his advisory skills, Mr. Van Nus developed a strong background in capacity building and training: he is a regular trainer on port investments for various groups and individuals in the maritime industry.

Besides consulting experience Mr. Van Nus has experience in Container Terminal Operations and gained logistic and operational knowledge at global container terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT).

Jean-Philippe Paquin, Ports & Marine Practice Leader, CPCS

Jean-Philippe Paquin

Jean-Philippe Paquin is a senior advisor in port and logistics development and is the Ports & Marine Practice Leader with CPCS. He has been working with CPCS since April 2012, where he has most notably worked on port and logistics privatization projects, master planning and feasibility studies in Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, DRC and Tanzania. From 2008 to 2012, he was Director, Strategy at the Port of Montreal, where he was strongly involved in transportation infrastructure and economic development issues. Jean-Philippe was also in charge of government relationships at the federal, provincial, metropolitan and municipal level.

Marco Pluijm, Manager Port and Marine Infrastructure Sector, Bechtel Corporation

Marco Pluijm

Marco Pluijm is responsible for Bechtel’s ports and marine sector, which includes all segments of that business. He has more than 35 years’ experience in planning, designing and building ports and terminals across the globe. In addition, he is leading research into dynamic controlled mooring and fendering and led a similar highly acclaimed joint-industry research project into new international design guidelines for moored ships in confined waterways and ports and dynamic controlled fender systems.

In an earlier phase of his career, he stood at the base of the integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) approach, which was later adopted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is a renowned expert in the planning, design, construction and operation of traditional and offshore ports. Mr Pluijm previously worked for a port authority, a dredging company, an international port consultancy and both the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in civil engineering from Delft University of Technology.

Johny M. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay

Johny M. Smith

Johny M. Smith is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group. The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) constitutes a Public Private Partnership (PPP) of transport and logistics stakeholders, who jointly work towards developing the various Corridor routes through the Port of Walvis Bay, and facilitating fast, safe, reliable and efficient transport along these routes.

As the CEO of the WBCG, he is leading the growth and development of new business along the three main corridor routes in Namibia. These corridor routes are the TransKalahari route which links Namibia with Botswana and Gauteng, The Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi route which links Namibia with Zambia, DRC and Zimbabwe as well as the TransCunene Highway, which links Namibia to Southern Angola.

Omar Suleiman, Ex. Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority

Omar Suleiman  

Remmelt Thijs, Senior Consultant, TBA

Remmelt Thijs

Remmelt Thijs is senior project manager in the European head office of TBA and provides specialized container terminal planning consultancy using dynamic simulation and emulation. Remmelt Thijs (MSc at Delft University of Technology) has been the principle consultant for a range of terminal design and optimisation studies for terminals worldwide comprising of all major container handling systems and both for small and large port operations.

Remmelt has specifically worked on multiple planning projects consisting of semi-automated and fully automated equipment in the European, North American and Asian regions. In these projects detailed simulation was used to assist the planning and layout work to support full conceptual planning services.

Remmelt also has worked on a wide range of terminals using conventional equipment types where the focus has been on terminal planning or terminal optimization. Here simulation was also typically used to quantify planning or optimization decisions. These terminals have primarily been located in Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia.

Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT

Andrew Webster

Andrew 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, 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 he returned to London to take up the role of TT Clubs Loss Prevention 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.

Sponsors and Partners


Host Port
Port of Amsterdam


Global Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor
Morocco Transport Ministry


Knowledge Partner Sustainability Sponsor Host Partner
Maritime & transport business solutions ERM NABC


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IPCSA Britcham Drewry
AMLOG The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce  


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Global Maritime Hub Port Strategy African Business Magazine
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The Port Finance Amsterdam conference is being held at Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre. The conference facilities will provide delegates with access to some of Amsterdam’s most interesting sights. Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre is a five-minute walk from Central Station with direct trains to Amsterdam Schipol Airport.

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Distance to hotel: 10.87 MI/ 17.5 KM South West

Nearest Subway Station
Amsterdam Central Station - Distance to Hotel: 0.19 MI/ 0.3 KM North East


  • Taxicentrale Amsterdam (TCA) (with online booking service) – +31 020-777 7777
  • Staxi (with online booking service) – 020 705 8888

Parking near the venue:
Car Parking Available from 4 euros per hour and € 40 per day

Local Time Zone: GMT+1

Please note that Port Finance International cannot assist you with applying for or obtaining visas. For information about visa requirements and application procedures please contact your local Embassy or Consulate.

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 Leidsetraat. 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

The Rijksmuseum: 17th Century
Distance from hotel: 1.24 MI/ 2 KM South West

The Van Gogh Museum
Distance from hotel: 1.24 MI/ 2 KM South East

The Rembrandt House Museum
Distance from hotel: 1.24 MI/ 2 KM South East

The Amsterdam Historical Museum
Distance from hotel: 0.62 MI/ 1 KM

Canal boat tour and Gala Dinner

8th October @ 17.45 Canal boat tour and Gala Dinner hosted by MTBS

  • Pick-up for the canal boat tour at 17.45
  • Drop off at The Heineken Experience and event starts at 18.30

Guests will leave from the nearby waterfront canal boat pick-up at 17.45 and be taken in style to The Heineken Experience, Stadhouderskade 78, for drop off and event start at 18.30. This dinner is open to all PFI Amsterdam participants – prior registration required – please email joanne@portfinanceinternational.com to confirm your place. Getting there if you miss the boat: tram stop 16/24 Stadhouderskade.



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