Investments in Infrastructure, Seaports and Airports

Global, continental and national logistics networks meet at the main seaports, airports and transportation hubs, where goods can be transshipped in all relevant directions. These hubs consist of the major seaports, airports and logistics hot spots. In most cases the larger European distribution centers are located within the near proximity of these hubs.

Connection between main hub and regional logistics

The main hubs and logistics regions are connected with each other through inland corridors. The road networks, rail infrastructure and inland waterways throughout Europe must be developed in a continuous way in order to keep transport and logistics costs competitive. The three main challenges to improve the competitive position of seaports and airports and hinterland connection are:

  • Improve the accessibility of the port or regions through physical and digital (‘smart’) investments in roads, railways, runways and waterways
  • Stimulate economic growth and regional employment by attracting (new) businesses and economic activities to the hub (airports, seaports, inland dryports)
  • Increase the sustainability of logistics in and through the hub due to sustainable and more efficient ways of transport

Investments in infrastructure, seaports and airports & BCI advice

BCI works for clients in the following areas:

  • Developing strategies for seaports and airports, inland terminals and logistics regions - In these long term strategies (10-15 years ahead) the focus is on improving the competitive position for the clients. The objective is also to become an attractive location for (real estate) investors and logistics entrepreneurs
  • Feasibility analysis and/or building the business case for possible new infrastructure - for example, multi-modal networks or a new intermodal terminal. This can include economic and societal impact analysis as well
  • Development of innovative logistics policies and logistics innovations - The goal is to improve the sustainable accessibility and to guarantee efficient (low cost) transport to and from the seaport, airport or logistics region. This in turn is enforcing the factors which are important to companies when selecting a new location

Consulting projects carried out by BCI include:

  • Development of strategies for seaports and airports, inland terminals and logistics regions
  • Benchmark studies on logistics competitiveness, including accessibility, logistics services, sustainable policies
  • Mapping economic impacts and carrying out feasibility studies
  • Development of logistics real estate concepts

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Seaports References

  • Port of Rotterdam – Making hinterland transport more competitive
  • Port of Antwerp – Attracting future business to port
  • DP World – Attracting freight flows to port
  • Port of Amsterdam – Attracting future business to port
  • RP – Expansion existing companies & attraction new companies
  • POM Limburg – Attracting future business to region + volumes to terminals
  • Tanger Med – Opportunities for Port of Tanger in Med sea area
  • ECT – Anchoring freight flows to Port of Rotterdam
  • Malta Freeport – Opportunities to attract value added logistics activities

Airports

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – Economic impact study development of Schiphol Airport, supply chain benchmarks for specific air cargo clusters, dedicated parking/consolidation facilities
  • Aeroportos de Portugal – Strategic development, marketing plan and business plan for Porto International Airport and Faro Airport
  • Stockholm Arlanda Airport – Real estate development strategy
  • Cairo International Airport – Feasibility study land side development
  • Hannover Airport – Feasibility airport business park
  • Malta International Airport – Development of logistics service industry
  • Manchester Airport – Development of logistics service industry
  • Airport De Paris – Development study high speed rail terminal Paris Roissy - Charles de Gaule

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