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In the 80’s the UK government introduced privatisation developments to the ports industry, which saw 70% of the UK ports being privatised. Thus the Europe government raises private financing for ports re-developments and public private partnerships models. Discover new developments issues throughout the European and United Kingdom Ports at this years ‘Project Finance and Investment in Ports Conference’.

Financing projects and investments in ports is a strongly debated issue. Also hotly debated is whether privatisation of ports is the key to increasing economic growth! SMi invites you to participate in a two-day conference, Project Finance and Investment in Ports on 28th & 29th November in London.

This event is guaranteed to give you the most up-to-date information on port privatisation, financing, as well as re-development and public private partnership projects. Furthermore, it is your opportunity to meet and network with industry peers and officials and share your views.

This is also your opportunity to:

  • Assess the benefits and pitfalls of independently managed ports
  • Find out about alternative methods of funding port development
  • Hear first hand experiences of port privatisation through in-depth case studies
  • Evaluate the impact of globalisation on ports
  • Examine the opportunities of investing in ports in the developing world

The conference features key speakers such as:

  • Ken Gibbons, Director, Ports and Terminal Group
  • John Dempster, Executive Director, UK Major Ports Group
  • Steve Cuthbert, Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of London
  • Eddy Bruyninckx, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Hans Gerson, Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Amsterdam (Holland)
  • Matti Aura, Managing Director, Finnish Ports Association (Finland)
  • Krzystof Gromadowski, Vice President, Gdynia Port Authority
  • Alicia Palmer, Global Head of Project and Structured Finance, P&O Ports
  • Les Chapman, Export Promoter for Ports Worldwide, Trade Partners UK

Who should attend:
For ports seeking investments, this conference is an ideal forum for networking. For investors such as financiers and shippers looking to invest, this is a cost-effective method of acquiring first hand information needed to formulate investment strategies.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Dempster

John Dempster, Executive Director, UK Major Ports Group

9:10 OVERVIEW OF THE PORTS INDUSTRY - A FINNISH EXPERIENCE

Matti Aura

Matti Aura, Managing Director, Finnish Ports Association (Finland)

  • Role of the ports in the transport chain
  • Modern logistics and ports
  • EU White Paper on European transport policy and ports
  • 9:40 EUROPEAN PORTS POLICY

    John Dempster

    John Dempster, Executive Director, UK Major Ports Group

  • The European Commission’s recent Ports Package
  • State aids and the level playing field
  • Transparency of port accounts
  • The draft Directive on port services and its implication for investment
  • 10:20 PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN THE PORTS SECTOR

    Adrian Howcroft

    Adrian Howcroft, Assistant Director, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

  • Multi-function ports - combining commercial, real estate and leisure developments with traditional port operations
  • Managing local development interests (social, political and economic)
  • Developing new business models, project structures and payment mechanisms
  • Partnership creations - Building an appropriate consortia
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE REGULATORY CLIMATE IN EUROPE

    Philip Alan Wareham

    Philip Alan Wareham, Partner, Holman Fenwick & Willan

  • Comments on the Commissions ports package
  • Impact of competition and state aid law
  • Port state control
  • Access to ports services
  • Short sea shipping policy
  • Environmental issues
  • 12:00 INSIGHTS INTO THE GLOBALISATION OF THE PORT INDUSTRY

    Steve Cuthbert

    Steve Cuthbert, Chief Executive, Port of London Authority

  • New investors in ports
  • Regional trends in investment
  • Size (of ships) matters
  • Land side access and an integrated service (between shipping lines, ports and inland carriers)
  • The purchasing power of shipping lines
  • Future trends
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PRIVATE MANAGEMENT TOWARDS STATE-OWNED PORTS

    Jan Adam

    Jan Adam, Finance Director, Port of Antwerp (Belgium)

  • What are the new trends towards the state owned ports?
  • Improving the ports system
  • Mitigating overcrowding
  • Improving efficiency
  • The Antwerp experience
  • 14:40 PORT FINANCING FOR PORTS - A SPONSORS PERSPECTIVE

    Alicia Palmer

    Alicia Palmer, Global Head of Project and Structured Finance, P&O Ports

  • Who is P&O Ports?
  • What are the apparent key risk financiers focus on?
  • What are the frequent roadblocks that occur in raising finance for ports?
  • What is the prevailing knowledge gap between the key players in port development i.e. sponsors/ lenders/ port authorities?
  • Some financing success stories so far
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PORT PRIVATISATION EXPERIENCES

    Dr Charles Bradley

    Dr Charles Bradley, Managing Director, DBA Risk Management

  • Overcoming challenges
  • Independent operations vs. extended network
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Reducing expenditure and involvement in business
  • Developing value- added service
  • Balancing local and commercial interests
  • 16:20 IS PRIVATISATION THE WAY AHEAD FOR THE PORT INDUSTRY? - PANEL DISCUSSION

    John Dempster, Executive Director, UK Major Ports Group

    John Dempster, Executive Director, UK Major Ports Group, Mike Mundy, Partner, Maritime Intelligence Unit, Thomas Falkner, Senior Vice President, International Container Terminal Services

  • The public private partnership model
  • What are the new trends towards state owned ports
  • Improving the ports system
  • Improving efficiency
  • Will the private sector be given incentives to invest in the field of heavy equipment necessary to operate the ports effectively?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:25 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ken Gibbons

    Ken Gibbons, Director, Ports and Terminal Group

    9:10 GLOBALISATION AND PARTNERSHIP IN PORTS

    Nick Pitts Tucker

    Nick Pitts Tucker, Head of Project Finance, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

  • Overview of competitive landscape: global and domestic
  • Capital expenditure for ports: evolution or revolution
  • Finance for private sector development
  • Bargaining power for port users and port service providers
  • Impact of globalisation on privatised ports
    Opportunities for the private sector: domestic and global
  • Successful business models
  • 9:40 PORT STRATEGY AND PRIVATISATION

    Hans Gerson

    Hans Gerson, Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Amsterdam (Holland)

  • Issues confronting the Port of Amsterdam
  • Trends in shipping
  • Port Strategy
  • The handlord model
  • City department, public owned company or privatisation
  • Conclusions
  • 10:20 PORT FINANCE AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT

    Steve McDonagh

    Steve McDonagh, Associate, Halcrow

  • Attracting investors
  • Balancing the concerns of port authorities with the commercial needs of investors
  • Will port development lead to over capacity?
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 RATING PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN PORTS

    Jon Manley

    Jon Manley, Associate Director, Standard & Poor’s

  • Port credit rating services
  • Credit and Financing factors
  • Case Study: Hutchison in Europe
  • Conclusion
  • 12:00 THE PRIVATISATION OF PORTS

    Peter Kieran

    Peter Kieran, President, CPCS Transcom

  • Penetrating the economic, social and political issues surround the privatisation of ports
  • Assessing the benefits of independently and professionally managed ports
  • Evaluating the development of ports
  • Further infrastructure projects and growth
  • Forming an overall economic development of a region
  • Lessons for the future
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 PASSING OF PORTS MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION TO THE PORTS SECTOR

    Krzystof Gromadowski

    Krzystof Gromadowski, Vice President, Gdynia Port Authority (Poland)

  • The Ports and their facilities will continue to be owned by the government
  • The private sector will be given incentives to invest in the field of heavy equipment necessary to operate the ports effectively
  • The ports will be managed on a commercial basis
  • Provision of new services
  • More employment and training
  • 14:20 PORT SECURITISATION

    Nicole Downer

    Nicole Downer, Director, Deutsche Bank

  • Examining the structure of the deal
  • Returning to an infrastructure-based model
  • Predicting port cash-flows
  • Manager investor concerns
  • Exploring the factors behind the loan to value ratio
  • Trends for future port securitisation
  • 15:00 TRADE PARTNERS UK

    Les Chapman

    Les Chapman, Export Promoter for Ports Worldwide, Trade Partners UK

  • Who are we?
  • Our aim
  • Port sector strategy
  • Priority markets
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 INVESTMENT FOR PORT REDEVELOPMENT

    Michel Audige

    Michel Audige, Lead Ports Specialist, The World Bank

  • Physical and operational integration of sea and land transportation networks
  • Creating a regulatory enabling environment for the private sector
  • Attracting and negotiating with partners
  • Ensuring optimal benefits for the country
  • Managing political risk
  • 16:30 EBRD’S EXPERIENCE IN THE PORTS SECTOR

    Robin Earle

    Robin Earle, Senior Banker, EBRD

  • Market risks
  • PPP opportunities
  • Containerisation
  • Oil terminals-pipelines vs shipping
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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