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PortExpertise participates in the eFTI4EU project (budget of 28.3 million €) under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program of the European Commission. It is a cooperation of a pan-European consortium of 23 partners, including 9 Member States (plus 4 Observers), to realize a reference implementation for Electronic Freight Transport Information (eFTI) architecture.
eFTI4EU is the 1st wide scale eFTI project making the EU Regulation 2020/1056 (eFTI) real. During 36 months, it is to create an efficient freight transport and logistics network, thereby improving the functioning of the internal market and the social and economic cohesion of all regions, through the support in adopting digitalized transport documents and smooth paperless administration.
Olya Port 2021
2021: Review of CAPEX & OPEX budgets on multimodal terminal including civil works, operational infrastructure alternatives.
Olya is located in the Limansky District of Astrakhan Oblast, Russia, on the shore of one of the largest branches of the Volga River, Bakhtemir, near the Caspian Sea about 120 kilometers southwest of Astrakhan. It serves as a port on the Caspian Sea. (o/r 21PIP02)
ORKA project funding 2021
Strategic exercise with FEMOZA (organisation special & free economic zones) on funding of strategic projects.
Various funding programs, investment funds, financing techniques.(o/r 21STRA01- 2021).
Orka houses Iceland’s first of thermal water power plants re. electricity and energy production.
Infrastructure analysis for port of Yanbu
A detailed first infrastructure analysis of port of Yanbu expansion on dry port storage facilities. Activities performed included, infrastructure volume scenario, connection to/from hinterland area analysis, integration into international supply chains analysis on-site client workshop on-site.
IPCOEA – IMPROVEMENT OF PORT CUSTOMS & OPERATION EFFICIENCY IN AFRICA 2020-2021
PortExpertise performed transport Maritime and port administrations capacity building activities into the contract of International Maritime Safety Security And Environment Academy (IPCOEA) lead by Circle. The topic concerned the improvement of port customs and operation efficiency in Africa. All session were web-streamed.(2019-2021). The countries involved were Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ivory coast (Abidjan), Ivory coast (San Pedro), Ghana, Cape Verde and Nigeria
establishment of a European Maritime Single Window data set 2018
Support action for contributing to the establishment of a European Maritime Single Window environment data set. Currently, the RFD reporting rules only concern some of the port call formalities envisaged by EU legislation and international maritime agreements. Currently, some 230 data elements fall under the 14 formalities for mandatory RFD reporting (RFD Annex 1, part A: EU legislation and part B: international obligations). The data reported via the National Single Windows today thus serve several purposes and covers a broad spectrum of policy areas. Performed activities included • Defining methodology, technology to collect, compare, clean, standardize all date elements and super data elements to comply with Form C requirements. Perform collection of data with all major EU maritime Member States. Prepare full deployment of tool, and related database to allow Member States to comply with EU new regulation on National/Maritime Single Window.
Belgian Maritime Single Window 2016-2023
Since 2016 onwards, PortExpertise performes the analysis of defines an action plan on compliance with EU (such as SafeSeaNet) requirements of the national IT applications, their legislation and their reporting procedures 2014-2017. Defining Service Delivery plan (2017-2018) and the approach to the recently published European Maritime Single Window environment and repealing Directive 2010/65/EU. This included activities such data mapping exercises - technical definition and the semantics of the data elements – alignment of data sets between port communities, federal level (customs, sanitation, police, environment, search & rescue, inspection services, …) and SafeSeaNet.
Framework technical, organisation support to DTLF
PortExpertise acts as maritime and digital data expert in the framework MOVE/D1/2019-280, a single framework contract for technical and organizational support to the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF). The consortium is lead by Deloitte, Belgium (2020-2023).
Fenix A European FEderated Network of Information eXchange in LogistiX 2020-2023
11 pilots sites in 9 EU countries, 43 beneficiaries and 9 TEN-T corridors and a total budget of 60,6 million €. FENIX will develop the first European federated architecture for data sharing serving the European logistics community of shippers, logistics service providers, mobility infrastructure providers, cities, and authorities in order to offer interoperability between any individual existing and future platforms. FENIX, along with FEDeRated, are two Connecting Europe Facility flagship projects on digitilazion in transport and logistics. Indeed FENIX originates from the work and recommendations of the European Commission’s Digital Transport and Logistic Forum (DTLF) - in which PortExpertise is a neutral advisor - to create a viable and valid federative network of platforms as enabler for Business to Administration (B2A) and Business to Business (B2B) data exchange and sharing by transport and logistics operators. The activity 'Defining the business model and operational model' is executed by PortExpertise.
Alternative fuels & Maritime Shipping
How realistic is it to have the world fleet change to alternative fuel by 2050? Environmental expert Guido Van Meel sheds some light on the alternatives.
Authorised Economic Operator – Certificate renewal for ICT client 2020
PortExpertise reviewed the company's renewal of the Authorized Economic Operator certificate, which included the analysis of current procedures, and suggested remediations as per AEO Self-Assessment guidelines. The remediation included insights from the security breaches in the transport and logistics sector.
PCS & National Single Windows Pakistan 2019
Pakistan ratified the WTO’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation in 2015 and as such committed herself to the establishment of a trade related National Single Window (NSW) by 2022. PortExpertise's, together with partner Railistics assisted the World Bank in assessing the way forward on the nation's PCS. The findings clearly showed the inter connectivity between the NSW and the Port Community Systems. While the on-line customs system clears 40% of the containerised cargo within minutes (green channel), the overall container dwelling time in the port remained at 9 days on average. Our effort identified the bottlenecks from operational, legal and procedural perspective and its remediations, and set up a roadmap and budget.
RIS Italy 2 day workshop 2018
The full organisation, including delivering content from - among others - PortExpertise's experts of the technical workshop for Italy's project 'Study for standard enhancement and interconnection of national systems of RIS – Italy”. Besides lectures, in-the-field visits were performed. Attendants were PM Sistemi Territoriali SpA, Agenzia Interregionale per il Po (AIPo), RINA, RAM Logistica, Infrastrutture e Trasporti Spa.
Enhancement of operational capabilities of Port of Baku (2018-2019)
Delivering services to contract holder Ecorys, PortExpertise's activities consisted of the development of a Risk Management System (RMS) for the port's operations, as part of developing the port's strategy and new organisational form.
Financial & Economic Cost Benefit Analysis 2015 onwards
During various project evaluations and international projects financed by the Worldbank PortExpertise performed several economic and financial cost benefit analyses for projects that dealt with intermodal - transport related investments in wider port and maritime areas, LNG, e-battery powered vessels, rail extensions to terminals, LNG network implementation, remediation of dangerous vapours from oil handling, simulators for port cranes, .. . The methodologies applied were World Bank’s ‘Cost Benefit Analysis in World bank projects and ‘Cost - benefit analysis and the European ‘Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investments Projects, economic appraisal tool for Cohesion Policy 201-2020’.
Outil informatique de gestion des droits 2017
Assistance to Port Authority's IT organisation in co-writing and reviewing proposal to offer services regarding selection, modificiation and implementation of IT application to automatic processing of port dues.
Rail activities in Port Area analysis (2018)
A joined effort with Railistics GmbH, the team performed a full analysis of current rail activities in port area of Antwerp, on operational, legal and organizational dimension. Comparison to alternative organisational concepts in similar conditions were performed (cfr Germany, France, … ).
Interreg proposals Data Sharing Platforms dangerous cargo (2018-2019)
PortExpertise acting as project partner delivered content, co-writing and review activities of third parties contributions to INTERREG TWO SEAS call n° 6 proposals on data sharing platform related to compulsory reporting on multimodal transport of dangerous goods.
RIS Douro Audit 2018
Audit on project deliverables related to River Information Services. The provided services included compliance check with directives, comparison with other Member States RIS maturity level, review of actions to be taken.
Revision of Reporting Formalities Directive 2018
PortExpertise MSW Expert, Mr.Bentein assisted framecontract holder Ecorys in the revision of th EU Reporting Formalities Directive with the aim to establish European Martime Single Window Environment, which included an analysis of current state of EU MSW in EU maritime member states
Management & project Assistance on Maritime Single Window 2017-2019
The aftermath of the large European Maritime Single Window project (see reference AnNa), resulted in a continution of our expert services to the Belgian Ministry of Transport in which the client was assisted on ongoing MSW procedures. Services included analysis and defining action plan on compliancy with SafeSeaNet requirements of the national IT applications.
DocksTheFuture 2018 – 2020
Developing the methodology for a coordinated approach to the clustering, monitoring and evaluation of results of the actions under the Ports of the Future. PortExpertise acted as Lead of work package 1 ‘Port of the Future: definition of the concept’, defining data analysis approach, developing database, query functionalities, co-author of deliverable; as Subject Matter Experts to work packages 2 ‘selection and clustering of projects and initiatives of interest’, work package 3 ‘Evaluation: analysis of the clustered projects and activities of interest’, participating in workshops with external experts from maritime industry, and as member of steering committee.
In the last two years, a remarkable increases was noticed in Europe, regarding the creation of port warehouses, destined for the handling of pharmaceutical products.
These warehouses are constructed following the ruling European Guidelines of 5 November 2013 on Good Distribution Practice of medicinal products for human use, aimed at excluding and controlling risks in view of product contamination and integrity.
Marseille FOS Tankbank 2018
PortExpertise’ s Joris Claeys will attend Marseille’s Tankbank International Pte Ltd networking event , an event in partnership with Union Maritime et Fluviale Marseille (UMF) & the Port de Marseille Fos Community, on June 21-22 June 2018. Vieux Port (Marseille) a major port of the French Oil industry and the most active port on the Mediterranean.
PortExpertise's Mr. Claeys, our Spanish rep., is to speak on SILBarcelona 2018, Spain's major Logistics, Transport, Distribution and Supply Chain congress.
Belgian Maritime Incident Management 2017
PortExpertise's Mr. Bentein performed a business analysis of maritime incident management commissioned by distinct Belgian authorities (SAR, Belgian Search and Rescue Authority and the SafeSeaNet national authority.
Feasibility study and preliminary design for Vietnam Southern Region waterwayd and transport logistics corridorproject, 2016-2017.
The Vietnamese authorities were assisted with a feasibility study and preliminary design for Vietnam Southern region waterways and transport logistics corridor project. PortExpertise's consultant, Erwin Lock, recently presented his interim report. After some additional research, Vietnam authorities will soon present the final report to the World Bank in order to get funds for developing this port project.
IT-package selection, Beira, Mozambique, 2017.
The container and multi purpose terminal requested assistance from our experts in selecting the matching Terminal Operating Systems. Together with Stow Faktor, PortExpertise defined the set up the project in order to allow an efficient package selection. This included the process re(engineering) of planning and terminal activities.
Port strategy development plan, Edo, Benin, 2017.
PortExpertise provided a pre-positioning of the region's hinterland port development plan in order to link it to the nation's national strategy. PortExpertise also identified the cargo flows, forecasted traffic flows, foresaw training facilities and drafted the layout, the project financing and the necessary IT-applications.
Training of port terminal Director, Beira, Mozambique, 2016.
PortExpertise provided the training of a port terminal manager to be located in Beira. Expert training was given during a general training program set-up by Venturn NL. PortExpertise experts contributed to on-the-job trainings related to ISPS, AEO, IT-applications (Terminal Management Systems) and terminal planning (dry bulk, break bulk).
Feasibility study and CBA for dangerous cargo terminal, Croatia, 2013-14.
PortExpertise provided technical assistance for preparing solutions, did a feasibility study with cost-benefit analysis for dangerous cargo terminal, and identified the optimal operator model.
Dry Port study, 3 Jordan ports, Jordan, 2012-13.
PortExpertise did the research for dry ports and logistics centers in Jordan. This study dealt with traffic flow analysis, demand assessment, including refeasibility studies for 3 locations (Aqaba, Amman and Mafraq) and PPP-finance options.
Pre-screening, establishment and evaluation of European subsidy projects on EU-program specs, Antwerp, 2014-17.
PortExpertise pre-screens European subsidy projects on EU-program specs: eligibility, financial plan, risk management, dissemination plan etc. It also helps to complete the applications and provides calculations and the always requested dissemination and communication plan. The EU-programs deal with mobility, innovation in marine context, such as the TEN-T program and Horizon 2020. PortExpertise experts also evaluate European subsidy applications from private companies and public authorities from all EU-member states.
Helping capacity building for prevention of marine pollution caused by ship-sourced waste, Turkey, 2015-17.
PortExpertise technically assists the capacity building for prevention of marine pollution caused by ship-sourced wastes. The project deals with ship generated waste and adequate port reception facilities, shipyards and ballast sediments and best practices for removal of anti-fouling paints, hull washing, with illegal discharges and the removal of spilled oil.
Optimization study waste heat use, Brussels-Ghent-Antwerp ports, Belgium, 2010, 2014.
PortExpertise realized an optimization study for waste heat use. Therefore, an audit, a detailed assessment, an implementation plan, as well as the implementation were part of this assignment.
Establishing waste reception facilities for inland navigation, Austria-Hungary-Croatia-Bulgaria-Romania, 2014.
PortExpertise identified the technical and managerial measures that can contribute to the minimization of ship generated waste. It evaluated the financial implications, presented an harmonized system for waste collection, and an indirect fee system for ship generated waste between the participating countries.
House style and logo development, newsletter for Euroshore, 2014-2019
PortExpertise created branding and logo, defined the house style, newsletter content and review for Euroshore, an International Trade Association of port reception facility providers in Europe and beyond.
Feasibility study to improve maritime connectivity, South West Indian Ocean region, 2014-16.
PortExpertise prepared a feasibility study to improve maritime connectivity and set the conditions for the establishment of a regional feeder service in the SW Indian Ocean Region, Mauritius Indian Ocean Islands, 2014-2016.
Evaluation of future developments opportunities in Europe for Europe’s biggest dry bulk terminal EuroSilo, Ghent, 2014.
PortExpertise researched opportunities for expansion of Europe's largest dry bulk storage company EuroSilo in Eastern Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Poland) against the background and outlook of the main European dry bulk ports.
New legislation for port authority and terminal privatization, Montenegro, 2006-08.
PortExpertise analyzed the existing legal status of the Montenegro port and handed the solution of which legal stature to choose to ensure future development.
EU-study project on alternative fuels to fight GHG in shipping, Belgium, 2013.
PortExpertise researched and delivered a detailed report on the opportunities for improving clean North Sea shipping by using greener fuels.
In view of new railway infrastructure, identifying and quantifying the exact nature of the cargo flows from Dubai port to its (international) hinterland for Dubai Port Authority, UAE, 2013-14.
PortExpertise provided the market research for the Dubai Port Authority aiming to set up a railway network for transporting cargo streams to its hinterland.
Maritime single window and ANNA, Belgian seaports, Federal and Flemish authorities, 2014 – 2016.
PortExpertise provided, within the international community of many European countries, IT-advice and project management on the account of the Belgian competent maritime authority, implementing the ANNA-programs aiming for single and electronic reporting among European member states.
Testing of new innovative techniques for soil cleaning in EU-seaports, Antwerp, Belgium, 1996.
In the framework of the LIFE-program, PortExpertise realized a R&D study and tested new innovative techniques for soil cleaning in EU-seaports.
Drafting waste management plan for inland navigation for Flanders, 2009-10.
PortExpertise drafted waste management plan for inland navigation for Flanders, consisting of draft regulations for inland shipping and ports. Its experts consulted stakeholders, set up a model for the notification and enforcement of the MARPOL 73/78 Convention and the EU-Directive 2000/59. EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) uses today this model as the preferred model for Europe. It is an integrated IT-system where port authority, port state control and the environmental agency can verify and validate the data.
SafeSeaNet, Port Community Systems Portal, four Flemish seaports, 2006-09.
PortExpertise assisted the competent authority in the EU-Maritime Single Window compliancy implementation SafeSeaNet project for Belgium, an European project that has been rolled out in various European countries, 2014-2016, BE, BG, CY, IT, FR, GR, LT, NL, P, RO, SL, SP, SW UK, CR, D, Iceland, Malta, NW, Israel, Montenegro.
From CoRISMa to COMEX. Coordinate development activities of RIS-related infrastructure and systems to facilitate inland waterways use, 2015-2020.
PortExpertise has lead the berth-booking pilot in several European countries on the European Corisma-project, aiming to improve infrastructure on inland waterways, and has ended this test phase end 2015. But now PortExpertise participates in the sequel.
As inland shipping contributes to the greening of transport, benefits can be enhanced when RIS (River Information Systems) not only focus on infrastructure, but also on cargo, people, operations and craft. PortExpertise will assist the competent authority of Luxembourg project activities of RIS-enabled Corridor Management Execution with focus on uniform services, processes and technologies on European scale.
Assessment of port operations and process performance, Port of Conakry, Bissau, 2016-17.
PortExpertise assesses port operations and processes performance of the port of Conakry, Bissau, in the perspective of developing and modernizing the port. It maps the structure of the port, evaluates its cost structure (breakbulk and container terminal) and compares the latter with competitive ports of Dakar, Bissau and Abidjan. It also evaluates the indicators assessing Conakry port's competitivity.
Study of the Russian port sector, Moscow and main ports, Russia, 2009-10.
PortExpertise prepared a study on the operations and port development opportunities of Russian ports under EBRD finance.
Master Plan update, Guinea-Bissau, 2015-16.
PortExpertise diagnosed the actual situation of the port of Guinee-Bissau and realized a concept plan as well as the first basic documents needed to take action towards a new organization and expansion for the port. PortExpertise presented a financial model including CAPEX, tariffs, operational costs, the relevant parties' financing, revenues and returns. It proposed a restructuring plan consistinf of the new organizational structure, costs, benefits and risks of the withheld evolutive scenario.
Study of port tariffs, fees and land lease rates, Port Authority of Suriname, 2015.
PortExperise developed a financial model which is to be used by the Port Authority of Suriname as a tool to evaluate its present port tariffs, fees and land lease rates.
Defining ports waste management plan, Antwerp, Belgium, 2012.
PortExpertise prepared the waste management plan for the port of Antwerp in the frame of the EU-Directive 2000/59. It advised the port's general manager on different issues: investment promoter for especially chemical and petrochemical companies, redrafting of concession agreements; implementation of new EU-legislation on ships waste, customs, security measures in the frame of the ISPS-Code; ports of refuge; oil spill contingency plans and promotion of sustainable shipping. PortExpertise also organized training courses in “port environment” at the Antwerp port training center (APEC), dealing with ships waste, dredging, soil pollution, air quality, nature conservation and port security issues.
Study CAPEX-OPEX for oil export terminal expansion, Murmansk, Russia, 2013-14.
PortExpertise undertook a CAPEX-OPEX study for expansion of oil export terminal, Murmansk, Russia.
Environmental assessment for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2, Vancouver, Canada, 2013.
PortExpertise and Canadian partner NSIP3 realized a federal environmental assessment for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012)). The project was evaluated against institutional and port related policies regarding sustainable development.
Due diligence study, Yuzny, Russia, 2012.
PortExpertise did a due diligence analysis including process management support and prospectus.
Cost modelling operations and maintenance of infrastructure projects, Saudi Arabia, 2013.
PortExpertise developed a methodology and model for cost measurement and monitoring of operations and maintenance costs for infrastructure projects in King Abdullah Port, (transport, health, education and water sectors).
Commercial and marketing audit, Hamburg-Le Havre range, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, 2013.
PortExpertise relaized commercial audits and market studies (potential, commercial activities, customs management systems, commercial distribution channels, pricing strategies, quality management, branding and communication strategies for the port areas of Hamburg-Le Havre range, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
Port reorganization and PPP-possibilities, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 2012.
PortExpertise assessed Tanzania’s ports in a regional economic environment. It prepared considerations for alternative ports management structures and models as well as the financial implications of ports and logistics reforms. PortExpertise also advised on port and logistics regulatory issues, gave policy and reform recommendations when assessing PPP-possibilities for transport infrastructure development.
Chemical cluster benchmark, different ports, 2012.
PortExpertise prepared a chemical cluster benchmark study for the port areas of Houston (USA), Ludwigshafen (D), Jurong Island (SG), Rotterdam (NL), Tarragona (SP), Jubail (SA) and Rhône-Alpes (F).
Study of alternative ships’ fuels, Antwerp, Belgium, 2010.
In the framework of a European project for greener shipping, PortExpertise analyzed the use of alternative ships’ fuels, such a s LNG and the use of shore side electricity.
Infrastructure procurement, Ghent, Belgium, 2010.
PortExpertise functioned as the lead negotiator for layout and financing of port rail way infrastructure with governmental bodies.
Port engineering plan revision, Duqm, Oman, 2010.
PortExpertise did the operational revision of port engineering plan, defining technical and functional requirements for the main port of Duqm.
EU-project management TRACECA TENs corridor, Eastern Europe-Turkey, 2007-09.
TRACECA-corridor is involved in gradually developing trends of trade and economic development. Major traffic flows passing through a corridor formed on the one hand, in Western and Central Europe, and on the other - in Central and South East Asia. At present the TRACECA-countries are gradually implementing the IGC TRACECA Strategy for development of the international transport Europe-Caucasus-Asia corridor for the period up to 2015, aimed at creation of a sustainable infrastructure chain ensuring multi-modal transport with step-by-step integration of the corridor into the Trans-European Transport Networks (TENs). In this context of improving maritime links between the TRACECA and TENs-corridors, Port- Expertise did market research and projected traffic flows, did a feasibility study on the ro-ro terminal Samsun and a pre-feasibility study of the port of Filyos (both in Turkey). It also analyzed the port community systems, looked at maritime safety and security, and studied PPP-and bankable projects in Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Georgia,and Ukraine.
Certification projects, various ports, 2009-14.
PortExpertise realized certification projects for various maritime port terminals (ISO, AEO, GMP, ISPS, HACCP) and various ports various mainly European ports (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Mesaieed).
Feasibility study for bio energy port facilities, Ghent, Belgium, 2007.
PortExperise gave feasibility advice on port facilities in the port of Ghent for new bio energy projects by Bioro-Südzucker. The Walloon Government initiated the project.
Conceptual design revision, Murmansk, Russia, 2013-14.
PortExpertise revised the conceptual design of a container/multi-purpose terminal in Murmansk. Focus was on terminal logistics, handling equipment, and mooring procedures.
Start-up operations after helping find funding for Fertigent, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2006.
PortExpertise accompanied the financial plan and setup of operations on the account of Fertigent that wanted to build a full automated liquid bulk facility to generate new business for its freshly acquired terminal in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Technical and operational port assessment, Port of Batumi, Georgia, 2006.
PortExpertise did a technical and operational assessment of the Port of Batumi for a private investor considering tendering for the acquisition of the complete port. Focus was put on terminal logistics, handling equipment and nautical aspects.
Study on dry and liquid bulk terminals, Ghent-Antwerp, Belgium, 2006-09, 2012-13.
PortExpertise advised the main Belgian ports on design and implementation of new dry and liquid bulk terminals at several instances in an evolutive process.
Environmental, safety and security audit, Liepaja port, Latvia, 2004.
PortExpertise realized an environmental, safety and security port audit system in the port of Liepaja.
CBA-analysis, Mumbai, India, 2003-04.
PortExpertise establised the International Maritime Transport Academy India in Mumbai, as a joint venture with a private Indian investor. It also developed a Cost-Benefit Analysis model.
Activity Based Costing-analysis, Panamaribo, Suriname, 2006-07.
PortExpertise provided technical assistance for the rehabilitation, upgrading and institutional strengthening of the port of Paramaribo. It presented activity based costing research, reviewed port tariffs, valuated port assets, lease agreements, the budget and accounting system.