HPC continues work on deepwater port project in Algeria
Following our first project engagement last year, Entreprise Portuaire de Cherchell (EPC) has now mandated HPC to assist them with more challenging project tasks.
- Strengthening EPC’s position vis-à-vis future joint-venture partners
- Mobilisation of financial resources
- Maximisation of revenues
- Implementation of innovative and high-performing terminal operations
- Attraction of transhipment traffic
- Flexible port development
First, we will support EPC in choosing and developing the most profitable terminal operations concession strategy. In addition, we will prepare specifications and tender documents for the choice of the future operator and eventually assist in negotiations related to the operations and management contract for the Port Centre D’el Hamdania Cherchell.
HPC coordinates SOUTH BALTIC TRANSPORT LOOPS
HPC has been awarded with the substantive and financial management of the Interreg project in the Southern Baltic Sea Region over a period of three years. With our comprehensive experience, we have developed and successfully applied for the project SOUTH BALTIC TRANSPORT LOOPS.
The overall project objective is the development of vessel traffic from / to small and medium-sized ports in the southern Baltic Sea. The ferry port of Sassnitz (Mukran Port) is lead partner and client of HPC for this project. Additional project partners are the ports of Roenne (Bornholm / Denmark), Elblag (Poland) and Karlshamn (Sweden) as well as the Klaipeda Shipping Research Center (Lithuania).
The cooperation aims to develop new regular shipping lines between the partner ports and beyond as well as significantly improve existing ferry connections. In addition, the project partners aim to improve hinterland connections, especially with the help of rail. The Interreg project SOUTH BALTIC TRANSPORT LOOPS is funded on a pro-rata basis by the European Regional Development Fund.
Our service for the Client
We combine many years of experience in the development and management of Interreg projects with detailed know-how in the areas of shipping and hands-on port management. With this unique combination, we are predestined to coordinate the activities in this project. In addition to tasks related to public relations, we support all project partners in financial management, including the semi-annual financial and activity reporting.
HPC contributes to green cruise port operations in the Baltic Sea Region
HPC was awarded to prepare a Green Cruise Port Action Plan promoted by the EU’s Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme. The Green Cruise Port Project embraces 20 partners, including port authorities and cruise lines. Geographically it covers all BSR countries as well as the neighbouring North Sea.
The objective: “Green cruise port transformation”
With the Green Cruise Port Action Plan, HPC helps the project partners achieve a high level of ecological, social and economic sustainability, which is key to a further growth of the cruise industry in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Bringing cruise port operations onto an eco-friendly path is even more crucial in the light of the customers’ increased ecological awareness and ever stricter environmental regulations.
The Action Plan we prepared reflects the project partners’ vision and most important sustainability goals, considering both legal and stakeholder requirements in detail. We focussed on identifying, classifying and evaluating a broad range of measures to improve the level of sustainability in cruise ports. Apart from more common solutions like on-shore power supply, wind power and solar energy, the proposed measures also include innovative systems such as seawater source heat pumps, mobile LNG barges and alternative cooling concepts such as a special transport refrigeration unit powered by liquid nitrogen.
Our findings are based on studies carried out throughout the Green Cruise Port Project period starting in 2016, on the results of various workshops as well as external data sources.
HPC helps Tanzania's maritime port and transport sector determine HR and training needs
Tanzania’s maritime port and transport sector is most vital for the development of logistics services and hence plays a key role for the overall economic development of the country.
Also, Tanzania serves as trade gateway and transport corridor to its neighbouring landlocked countries. To improve the efficiency of key corridor infrastructure at all levels, the World Bank has initiated the Tanzania Transport Corridor for Growth Multi-Donor Trust Fund.
With the envisaged improvements, the project will directly contribute to stabilizing the economic conditions in the whole region and thus promote a better overall employment situation.
As properly qualified manpower plays a significant role to bring Tanzania’s services in this industry up to international standard, our current assignment will contribute to strengthen the manpower basis in Tanzania's maritime transport sector. We will support this objective by carefully evaluating the current human resources’ qualifications in the industry and derive future needs.
Tanzania has some well-established training institutes serving their maritime sector. The World Bank now supports an evaluation of the training needs as well as of the capacity, ressources and curriculum of those education facilities. While assessing the country’s labour market, HPC will especially check on those training institutes’ capabilities to cater for the demand of the maritime port and transport industry. Based on this evaluation, we will elaborate business plans for the four major training providers, tailor-made to the industry’s requirements and market demands.
HPC and Sellhorn support the Government of St. Lucia to develop an effective organizational structure for its infrastructure ministry
St. Lucia is located in the Caribbean hurricane belt. Over the past decades, natural hazards have repeatedly caused significant damage to the country’s infrastructure, thereby also disrupting essential services and presenting setbacks for major sectors of the economy. In order to reduce St. Lucia’s vulnerability to weather-induced disasters, the government aims to implement an organizational structure in its Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy (DIPE), which enables efficient disaster prevention measures and allows fast and flexible reactions in case of emergency.
Endeavouring to strengthen the country’s resilience to nature hazards, the Government of Saint Lucia is currently in the process of implementing the World Bank-funded Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project/Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (DVRP/PPCR). DIPE plays a focal role in this context, being the responsible agency to mitigate natural disaster impacts and to take care that damage is limited and if occurring, remedied as fast as possible. HPC together with our partner, Sellhorn Ingenieurgesellschaft, was requested to develop a comprehensive strategy for the successful implementation and management of the DVRP/PPCR-related tasks within the ministry.
In a first step, the consortium will assess the current organizational structure and the existing staff, equipment and facilities of the department. Based on this assessment, recommendations for institutional, management and operations development will be elaborated. Aspects related to manpower requirements and development, recommendations on the utilization of existing technical resources and annual planning will be considered as well. The outcome will be a comprehensive development and training plan with special focus on the implementation of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Plan improving the Government’s ability to respond to natural disasters.
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