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Port Masterplan Course (Nairobi) 2018

5 - 7 June 2018


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EARLY BIRD Rate: €1996
book before 6 May 2018

Standard Rate: €2495

*10% for multiple bookings
(2 or more delegates booked at the same time)

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The objective of the Port Masterplan Course, taking place in Nairobi from 5-7 June 2018, is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the various steps required to develop a best practise port masterplan. Participants will increase their knowledge on the key building blocks of port masterplanning and will be able to discuss the modern-day challenges of building a port that is future-proof. Participants will follow a 3-day training course, where participants will receive hands-on training on the industries’ port and terminal masterplanning concepts.

The course is organised by Port Finance International, the leading online news portal and community for the latest developments in port investment and operations, and hosted by MTBS, the leading port and terminal strategy and transaction advisory.

The course is focused on the following main topics:

  • Introduction to port masterplanning
  • Key inputs to the masterplan
  • Terminal lay-out and planning
  • Financial and economic feasibility
  • Social and environmental assessment
  • Best practise industry examples


Who is it for?
The Port Masterplanning Course is developed as a tool for capacity building for different audiences:

  • Staff members, (mid-)management and executives active in the port and maritime sector, as well as public or private professionals (to be) involved in port masterplanning
  • Port engineers active in the maritime and port sector

To stimulate the sharing of knowledge, a certain level of port-related experience is expected. Participants are therefore
recommended to:

  • Be familiar with basic port principles
  • Speak English

Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 25 participants.

Book your place now!
or contact sacha@portfinanceinternational.com

Course Outline

Each training day will run from 9am to 5pm and all materials, refreshments, lunch and networking drinks are included in the course fee. Plenty of time will be set aside throughout the training program to review the specific course aspects and
reflect within the group. Participants are invited to elaborate on specific port masterplan exercises from within their own experience/ companies. Interaction between the participants on real-life issues is encouraged and is
regarded as a valuable addition to the course program. A course completion Certificate will be handed to the participants at the end of the last course day.

The training course has 6 modules spread over three days.

Participants will be provided with the following curriculum materials:

  • Course plan and agenda
  • Case studies
  • Handouts for all modules
  • Additional reading

The course outline and agenda is presented below

Day 1

09:00 - 13:00


• Introduction to the course
• Strategic objectives of a port masterplan
• Methodology for port planning and feasibility assessment
• Building a port that is future proof
14:00 - 17:00


• Competitive market assessment
• Traffic and vessel forecasting and translation into main port dimensions
• Nautical infrastructure access and design vessel
• Multimodality and hinterland connections
• Local boundaries and restrictions

Day 2

09:00 - 13:00


• Terminal design and key dimensions
• Terminal lay-out: quay, yard, gate and rail areas
• The operational concept; manual and (semi)-automated terminals
• Specification and selection of handling equipment
• IT and communication
14:00 - 17:00


• Business case approach towards port masterplanning
• Capex and opex estimates: benchmark ratios
• Financial feasibility and financing mechanisms
• Lenders perspective: value engineering to increase bankability
• Economic feasibility assessment

Day 3

09:00 - 13:00


• Sustainable port development; latest trends
• The changing role of the port community and larger society
• The strategic environmental impact assessment
14:00 - 17:00


• Case studies: successful port masterplan implementations
• Lessons learned: what have we learned so far?
• Future outlook: trends and developments impacting port masterplanning


 About the trainers

Mr. Ryan Cornelisse holds a Master degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he specialized in Port Economics. During his studies, he gained operational port experience through a part time job at ECT Delta Terminals Rotterdam. After writing theses on Liner Shipping Strategy and Container Port Investments, Mr. Cornelisse started working as a Consultant for ARCADIS, an international firm providing consultancy, engineering and management services, amongst others in the Ports and Waterways sector. He joined MTBS as Consultant and in that
role he has combined both his academic and port operational backgrounds in various MTBS projects. During his career at MTBS, Mr. Cornelisse specialized in port operations, port publicprivate
partnerships and transaction advisory. Since early 2012, Mr. Cornelisse has obtained project experience in amongst others Kenya, Germany, Guinea, Canada, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Italy,
Pakistan, Ghana and Ireland.

Ryan Cornelisse

Mr. Wim De Rycke is active in the ports and shipping business for over 20 years. During this period, he has taken on different roles and responsibilities in various areas of the maritime business: project management, strategy advice, technical and operational management, equipment procurement, business development, master planning, financial modelling and investment analysis.
Mr. De Rycke was manager projects & acquistion at Terminal Investment Limited (TIL). TIL is the terminal operating banch of Mediterranean Shipping Company. In this role he was responsible for the worldwide project development and acquisitions of TIL. He was member of the general management team, involved in strategic, long term decisions as well as in the day-to-day management of the company.
Mr. De Rycke is skilled in conducting audits and scans of current operations and reviewing master plans and technical designs from a practical and operational point of view. Feasibility studies and business planning, expert advice for investors and terminal operators on the viability of port projects and detailed insight in the expected evolution of revenue and costs.

Wim De Rycke 


Maritime & Transport Business Solutions


Maritime & Transport Business Solutions - MTBS is an international finance and strategy advisory firm, offering entrepreneurial business solutions to clients in the maritime and transport sector. MTBS specializes in ports and terminals, and provides leading expertise in the areas of strategy, valuations, transactions and finance. The firm combines its market sector knowledge and state-of-the-art financial competences into one value proposition: "4P: innovative solutions for Port Public Private Partnerships". Its specialization has made MTBS a global market leader in ports and terminals, including logistic centres, inland ports, free zones, export processing zones, inland waterways and related transport industry players. MTBS has a broad and active global portfolio of strategy and transaction advisory mandates for leading Port Authorities and Terminal Operators.

For more information about MTBS please visit: www.mtbs.nl


Port Finance international


Port Finance international is a leading information provider to the ports and terminals sector. The website www.portfinanceinternational.com provides up to date news relating to finance, investment and devlopments in the port sector worldwide, and the annual Port Finance International conferences and forums provide the industry with an opportunity to meet and discuss developments both globally and with a regional market emphasis. Conferences are held globally, at major locations, giving participants an overview of the opportunities and challenges of port developments and investments in each market.

For more information about conferences, training courses and reports available please visit our website www.portfinanceinternational.com or contact cathy@portfinanceinternational.com

Port Finance International


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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.


Date: 5 - 7 June 2018
Place: Nairobi, Kenya
Delegate Fee

  • Early Bird Fee - €1996
    book before 6 May 2018
  • Standard Delegate Fee - €2495

*10% for multiple bookings (2 or more delegates booked at the same time)

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PAYMENT POLICY: Payment is due in full at the time of registration and includes lunches, refreshments and conference materials.

Cancellation Refund Policy
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  • 6 weeks plus = 75%
  • 4 weeks plus = 50%
  • Less than 4 weeks = no refund
Substitutions may be made at any time in writing.

PROGRAMME CHANGES: For reasons beyond the control of Port Finance International, it may be necessary to alter the content, the speakers and/or the timing of the sessions. 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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