The objective of the Port Investment & 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 - 12:00 MODULE 2: BUSINESS CASE

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

13:00 - 15:00 MODULE 3: TRANSACTIONS

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


  • Ivan Chia, Partner (Singapore), Watson Farley & Williams Asia Practice LLP

Day 3

10:00 - 13:00 MODULE 4: FINANCING

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

14:00 - 16:00 GUEST SPEAKER 

  • Nikita Baryshnikov, Associate Director, Project & Export Finance (Singapore), Standard Chartered Bank

16:00 - 17:00 COURSE WRAP-UP


About the trainers

Max Meijer is a senior consultant at MTBS. Mr. Meijer has worked on port development projects for public and private clients in Belgium, Bonaire, Bulgaria, Colombia, Curaçao, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Maldives, Montenegro, the Netherlands and Pakistan. He has been involved in numerous port transaction projects. Among his specialties is the financial modelling of port developments which provides quantitative insights into tender processes, PPP structuring and funding arrangements. Mr. Meijer has gained significant experience in container, general cargo and cruise ports. Mr. Meijer has a background in teaching and training and has provided courses on port investments and port concession in Dubai, Ukraine and the Caribbean.

Victor van Leengoed, CFA, has been a manager at MTBS (Maritime & Transport Business Solutions B.V.) since 2009. He is an economist (MSc Erasmus University Rotterdam) and civil engineer (MSc Delft University of Technology). He spent seven years working at Royal Boskalis Westminster, a globally leading dredging, infrastructure and offshore contractor and a maritime service provider. As a Production Engineer, he obtained technical understanding of international infrastructure projects. As Manager Project Finance at the Treasury Department, he supported the implementation of international projects through arranging solutions with project finance, export finance, development aid, and payment security structures. At MTBS he has further developed his expertise in the fields of strategy, project and company valuation and PPP transaction implementation. His global experience includes port development projects of various sizes in Abu Dhabi, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Maldives, Mozambique, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Seychelles, Slovenia, and South Africa. Clients include public and private port developers as well as International Financial Institutions and commercial banks. Moreover, he is a frequent lecturer and speaker for Master students and at conferences on topics related to Port Finance and Port PPP.

Ivan Chia is a partner in the International Corporate Group who is based in Singapore. He has worked on a wide range of international corporate and commercial transactions for clients across different industries in Asia, Europe and Africa. These transactions include infrastructure projects in the energy space as well as port infrastructure and floating offshore oil & gas projects. Ivan has been with WFW for 8 years. Offering high quality legal services in both English and Singaporean law, Watson Farley & Williams Asia Practice, in conjunction with Asia Practice, advises clients across Asia on finance, corporate and dispute resolution matters. The firm operates across a variety of industries, including maritime, oil & gas, commodities, energy and natural resources, real estate and aviation.

Nikita Baryshnikovis an Associate Director with Standard Chartered’s Project & Export Finance team in Singapore and has extensive experience in the financing of large-scale projects including container port and natural resources related terminals. Prior to his current role, he was an investment professional with IFC’s Asset Management Company (World Bank Group), a USD 6bn emerging markets private equity fund, where he worked on investments across a number of industries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He started his career with Standard Chartered in Singapore and New York where he covered infrastructure, energy and natural resources financing and advisory mandates. Nikita holds a BSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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: 2650 GBP

Delegates requiring visas should contact the hotel they wish to stay at directly, as soon as possible.


Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879
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Special rates are available for delegates attending the training from 7th to 10th March subject to availability please book early.

  • Single room: S$ 245++ inclusive of Breakfast & Broadband
  • Double Room: S$ 265++ inclusive of Breakfast & Broadband

Please email Lim to book your accommodation.

Contact: Lim YiChong

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


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