''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.
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.

Agenda Day 1
11 April 2017

08:30 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

10:50 Port of Rotterdam strategy: outlook, trends and developments
          Wouter van Nus, Strategic Finance Management, Port of Rotterdam Authority

  • Frontrunner in new markets
  • Sustainable chains and clusters
  • Value creation through international port development

11:15Tea/Coffee Break

11:40 Port Infrastructure investment for economic development: From a risk and operational perspective
          Stephen Leeming, Partner, JLT Specialty and Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT Specialty

  • Infrastructure investment for economic development
  • Recent issues that have arisen in the construction insurance world
  • Economic impact of risk management

12:05 New waters for European ports? 
          Tom Vermeiren, Senior Consultant Strategy & Finance, PwC

12:30 Question and Answer Session

12:45 Lunch

Session 2: Opportunities and challenges in financing port infrastructure projects

13:45 How EIB can support financing of port implementation projects
          Tom Scheltjens, Maritime Economist, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank (EIB)

  • Financing trends and developments
  • EIB activities and lending volumes: Examples of past finance projects
  • EIB financing products and instruments

14:10 Current and future financing market of ports and terminals
          William Holme, Vice President Port & Terminal Financing Group, DNB Bank

  • Bank and capital market finance trends
  • Financing greenfield versus brownfield projects
  • Impact of mergers & acquisitions (M&A) on financing structures

14:35 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

  • Market trends and changing demand for port investment
  • Trends for port transactions – different investors, teaming up and liquidity
  • Combining different categories of port investors to better leverage expertise

15:00 Panel Session: Infrastructure financing developments
          Moderated by: Steven Bouckaert, Deputy General Manager, DEME (Also Chairman for the first day of the conference)

          Panellists include:
          Matthew Paul, Director, International Structured Finance, Banca IMI S.p.A, London Branch
          William Holme, Vice President Port & Terminal Financing Group, DNB Bank
          Victor van Leengoed, Senior Manager, MTBS

15:50 Tea/Coffee Break

Session 3: Lessons learned from an international perspective

16:10 Panel Session: Lessons learned from an international perspective
          Moderated by: Steve Cameron, Managing Director, Cameron Maritime Resources

          Panellists include:
          Gavin Dow, Partner, Breakthrough Group
          Silvester Kasuku, Director General, LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority
          Roel Martens, Policy Advisor (international business), Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs
          Christianne van Dijk, Project manager & Economist, Royal Haskoning DHV
          Dirk Visser, Senior Shipping Consultant, Dynamar 

17:00 Question and Answer Session

17:15 Summary Notes Followed by Networking Reception

17:30 Networking Reception (Hosted by DEME)

Agenda Day 2
12 April 2016

08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:45 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
          Bruno Valkeniers, Member and Past President, General Stevedoring Council (GSC) and Board Member, Port of Antwerp International

Session 4: Unlocking value in the port and maritime transport chain

10:00 The role of inland ports in the supply chain
          Alexander van den Bosch, Director, European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)

  • Need for multimodality
  • The role of inland ports and their future

10:25 Case study: Railport, an Arkas and Duisport joint venture: Developing an intermodal inland terminal in Turkey 
          Alp Capa, Director, Arkas Port & Terminal Services Group and Lars Nennhaus, Manager Sustainability Affairs, Duisport

10:50 Relation between inland ports and sea ports
          Eleanor Hadland, Managing Consultant – Ports & Marine, AECOM

  • Changing relationships between inland ports and main ports
  • Finding the "win-win" solutions to increase traffic
  • Value-add services driving business valuations

11:15 Tea/Coffee Break

11:35 The changing role of the contractor in the development of infrastructure investments
          Bas Kolenburg, Manager Business Development / Finance, Boskalis

  • Early contractor Involvement
  • Financing solutions for contractors in port investment projects

12:00 Dealing with overcapacity in European ports
          Anthony van der Hoest, Cluster Manager Logistics, Port of Amsterdam Authority

12:30 Lunch

Session 5: Workshop PPP and Bankability

Duration: 13:30 – 16:00 - Hosted by MTBS
Moderated by: Victor van Leengoed, Senior Manager, MTBS

  • PPP models and lessons learned
  • Structuring valuable port concessions
  • De-risking port projects

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

Standard Rate                        €1095

*An extra 10% 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 25% discount on the delegate price.
Please ensure you quote the Association partner when booking.
Please note you may be asked for proof of company.

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

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 2017.

Single room: €219.00 per room per night, including breakfast, excluding city tax.
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

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.

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