The objective of the Port Investments & PPP Course is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of how port and terminal projects are developed from concept to financial close. 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 will provide participants with an overview of a full-cycle port investment assessment. Steps in this assessment are connected to the relevant stages of port investments: Strategy Formulation, Project Valuation, Transaction Documents/Procedures and Investment Financing. The positions of the relevant stakeholders in port- and terminal development are covered thoroughly, including Governments, Port Authorities, Terminal Operators, Shipping Lines, Equity Investors and Banks.


The training course provides participants with a complete overview of the overall cycle of port investment analyses.


Participants are provided with a step-by-step approach to prepare the most suitable Public Private Partnership structure, a Business Case, Concession Contract and a Financing Scheme.

  • Course planning
  • Case studies
  • Handouts for all modules
  • Additional reading

Each training day will run from 10am-5pm - and all materials, refreshments and lunch are included in the course fee. There will be an (optional) course drinks on the second night. Plenty of time will be set aside throughout the training programme to review the things you have learnt and reflect within the group. There are follow-through actions to continue your development and encourage post-course contact between delegates and course leaders.


Day 1

10:00 - 12:00 INTRODUCTION

  • Course Organisation
  • Basic Concepts
  • Industry facts
  • Trends

13:00 - 17:00 MODULE 1: PORT STRATEGY & PPP

  • Industry performance
  • Management Models
  • Case Studies


Day 2

10:00 - 13:00 MODULE 2: BUSINESS CASE

  • Traffic Forecasting
  • Financial Modelling
  • Economic Cost-Benefit Analyses

14:00 - 17:00 MODULE 3: FINANCING

  • Public & Private Funding
  • On-Balance & Off Balance
  • Case Studies


Day 3

10:00 - 13:00 MODULE 4: TRANSACTIONS

  • Risk Analyses
  • Concession Contract
  • PPP Procurement
  • Case Studies



About the trainers


Reinout Polders is Senior Consultant for MTBS and is specialized in the fields of port transactions, financial modeling, economic impact analysis, business case analysis, project finance and PPP structuring. He has gained experience through numerous port and shipping related projects executed in a large number of countries, including Canada, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Georgia, Slovenia, Somaliland, Oman, Ireland and the UK. For public authorities and development banks, he has been involved in the preparation and implementation of various large port PPP projects. Also on behalf of private companies, he assisted clients in the preparation of their bids, with a focus on financial modeling services.


Victor Van Leengoed is manager at MTBS (Maritime & Transport Business Solutions B.V.). He has obtained Masters' Degrees both at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, International and Business Economics and at Delft University of Technology, Civil Engineering. Mr. Van Leengoed is a CFA candidate level 3. At MTBS he gained experience through various international port development projects in Australia, Kenya, Liberia, Maldives, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa. He has given lectures at Master level and at conferences on the topic of Port Finance and Port PPP. As Manager Project finance at the Treasury Department at Royal Boskalis Westminster, a leading global company operating in the dredging and earthmoving, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors, he has gained international experience in the fields of project finance, export finance, financing through grants, payment security structures and financial modelling. He has carried several projects towards financial close and he was responsible for all cash flow related matters (model, price escalation) in the winning bid for the EUR 1bn land reclamation and infrastructure construction of 'Tweede Maasvlakte' port project. As Production Engineer at the same company, he has obtained technical experience at various international infrastructure projects.

William Holme, Vice President, Shipping, Offshore & Logistics, DNB Bank
William graduated from Durham University in 2008 with a Bachelor Degree in History and now has 8 years corporate banking experience in the maritime and infrastructure sectors based in London, first at Banco Santander and for the last 6 years at DNB Bank ASA.
Initially he was focused 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 role in multiple successfully completed transactions across a wide range of 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 both commercial bank debt and capital markets facilities, as well as numerous combinations of both.

Matthew Gore, Senior Associate, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
Matthew focuses on transactional corporate and commercial law with a particular emphasis on the ports, transport and logistics sectors. He has experience of a wide range of high value international corporate and commercial transactions, including share acquisitions and disposals; business and asset transfers; corporate and operational joint ventures; sector specific corporate, commercial and regulatory advisory work; and commercial contracts. His high profile international port and terminal projects experience includes port development, privatisation, restructuring, concessions, management and operation extending to marine services agreements for towage, pilotage and other services. He works with global and international terminal operators, UK ports and stevedores, international government bodies and global towage operators. His previous industry experience with Maersk Line and Nedlloyd Lines in a variety of commercial and operational roles in the UK and Denmark gives him a first hand understanding of the ports, liner shipping and logistics industries.


About the Partners


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.


  • Standard price - £2750

15% for multiple bookings (2 or more delegates booked at the same time)

Delegates requiring visas should contact the hotel they wish to stay at directly.


The De Vere West One, 9-10 Portland Place, London W1B 1PR, United Kingdom

(Useful travel info – the venue is opposite the BBC Broadcasting House)

Hotel deals for Port Investments & PPP Course – 22nd to 24th June 2016


Delegates requiring visas should contact the hotel they wish to stay at directly.


We look forward to seeing you at De Vere London Portland Place in June. To help you get the best special offers at nearby hotels we have put together a Port Investments & PPP Course HotelMap that shows the nearby accommodation options and best possible rates and special offers.


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