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World Free Zone Convention in co-operation with DHV Group and the Port of Rotterdam
presents      3-day Training Course

Port Master Planning & Special Economic and Industrial Zones

Monday 4th April
Wednesday 6th April 2011
MERCURE Amsterdam aan de Amstel, AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands



     This new tailor made three day training course will facilitate an understanding of the basics of port master planning and allows participants to benefit from the latest experiences in port planning, design and engineering, land use planning, economic forecasting, feasibility studies, financing and governance and marketing. The training course will show participants key success factors, lessons learnt and practical tips and tricks to develop first class port master plans including examples of best practices.

     Professionals in the field of port planning and design, supply chain management, transport economy and port finance will be available to offer one-to-one consultancy clinics to discuss specific challenges.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is supporting the training and will participate also. The Port is actively involved in the international business development to expand Rotterdam, one of the world's leading ports.

     Speakers will be drawn from DHV, Ecorys, Port of Rotterdam and other selected organisations and the Rotterdam Port Authority, including:

From DHV Group
Hans Vermij, Wim Klomp, Ben Reeskamp, Michiel de Jong, Frank de Graaf, Johan Paul Smith

From the ECORYS Group
Eric van Drunen, Simme Veldman, Nienke Uil


Each participant will be given a training manual of 250 pages

Participants from more than 110 countries have attended WFZC meetings in the past ten years!

Port Master Planning & Special Economic and Industrial Zones

Outline Course programme

Sunday 3th April Check into Hotel

Day One - Monday 4th April 2011 - Opening by WFZC and Piet Besselink, CEO of DHV Water

Day Two - Tuesday 5th April 2011

Day Three - Wednesday 6th April 2011 - Transfer to the Port of Rotterdam

Thursday 7th April Check out of Hotel


Hans Vermij (DHV) is an international transport economist and has more than 22 years experience with transport, distribution and logistics in Europe, Middle East and Asia.
He is an international recognised expert in economic and financial feasibility of infrastructure projects, port and hinterland development, implementation of logistics concepts and development of free zones, seaports and airports. Since 1989 Hans has been a member of the Benelux Inter-university Association of Transport Economist (BIVEC). He has developed a strong network among regional development agencies and port authorities in Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Mr. Vermij is also a frequent speaker and trainer at various events, such as MIPIM (Europe’s largest real estate fair in Cannes, South of France), the World Free Zone Convention (Cape Town 2004, Izmir, Turkey 2005, Paris 2006 and Kuala Lumpur 2007) and WAIPA, World Association of Inward Promotion Agencies, in Geneva (2004 to 2006).
He is an advisor to the WFZC and WAIPA boards, since 2003, and has published several articles about transport, distribution and logistics in Central and Eastern Europe. Hans has been actively involved in port development and industrial zone development. Hans is a member of PIANC, the world association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure
Projects that Hans has recently been involved in are:

Wim Klomp (DHV) is an experienced project director in the field of ports, waterways, coastal development and flood defences. He has more than 15 years experience with port and coastal defense projects in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
He is a civil engineer who has worked at all different fields of port planning, from cargo forecasting, conceptual design of terminals, hydraulic and morphological studies to entrance channels and coastal impact and environmental impact to the surrounding. In his role as team leader and project manager for master plan studies.
He has also been involved in port management models, custom operations, port operation models and procurement of works. Mr. Klomp has been actively involved in master planning of ports and inland navigation studies.
Projects that Wim has recently been involved in are:

Wim Klomp is a member of the Royal Association of Engineers in the Netherlands since 1990. Since 2004 he is actively involved in the development of port business in DHV and has given numerous presentations on port development and inland navigation to Government and Port Authorities, Contractors and Project Developers. He has been a speaker on seminars and public hearings as expert on inland navigation, port development and master planning of port and industrial areas.

Ben Reeskamp (DHV) is a very experienced Project director, Project Manager and Civil Engineer in the field of civil and maritime infrastructure. He is the head of the Civil and Maritime group of DHV. He has a large national but also a large international expertise in ports, maritime and civil infrastructure.
His main expertise lies in maritime works such as harbours design and planning, harbour works such as quays, dams, breakwaters, jetties and infrastructure. In these fields he has extensive experience in studies, design, making of contract documents, contracting of works and in the construction phase. A large part of the projects he has been involved in are complex multidisciplinary project.
Besides the technical expertise these projects often involve economical and architectural fields of expertise. Within the total DHV group, based on his experience with complex multi disciplinary projects, he gives courses on the subject of risk management.
He is an active PIANC member and is part of the Dutch Water-Front committee dealing with maritime and water related projects including research and development in and of these fields.

Michiel de Jong (DHV) is a senior project manager and consultant in the field of Ports, Waterways, Marinas and Waterfronts.
Mr. De Jong is one of DHV's most experienced Port Planners and has been involved in 25+ commercial port planning and design projects, 15+ waterways planning and design projects and 30+ marina and waterfront projects
His assignments have a worldwide geographical spreading covering over 20 countries, including Western Europe, Central Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, USA, Far East and Middle East. His role in projects is diverse and includes International Team Leader, Project Manager and Technical Expert. The project scope often comprises the early stages of development: project definition, strategy development, master planning, feasibility studies, concept and functional design, schematic and preliminary design.
Mr. De Jong has 10+ years of professional experience and is educated as a Civil Engineer at Delft University of Technology and holds a MSc degree in Ports & Waterways and a Certificate of Civil Business Administration. He is a member if PIANC, the International Navigation Association.
Projects that Michiel has recently been involved in are:

Frank de Graaf (DHV) is an urban planner (Msc) specialised in port cities, waterfront planning and coastal development. He started his career in China where he did several large regional planning projects.
In DHV he specialised in planning from a water to land perspective, developing new innovative planning solutions in coastal areas. With his integrated vision of water and spatial planning he aims to tackle the conflicts between port and city development using the understanding of how port and cities evolves, how water can be used by the city and port and how the coastal hydraulic systems effect the city and port environment. His understanding of living with water in harmony `with` the Delta, will be translated into sustainable city and port waterfront concepts and designs.
In the last few years frank was involved in several coastal and waterfront development projects in Kuwait, China, Korea, USA, and the Netherlands.
Projects that Frank has recently been involved in are:

Johan Paul Smith (DHV) is a Senior Project Manager with over 10 years of dredging experience with an international dredging company. Started as a Trainee followed by the position of Superintendent, Project Manager and Commercial Manager he was involved with all the aspects of dredging in the world.
Works included amongst others dredging works executed on behalf of oil companies in the Delta of Nigeria, dredging the port of Pelepas (Malaysia) and reclamation for the new terminal, reclaiming land for the Dubai Palm and The World. Dredging for the port of Kiunga in Papoea New Guinea and reclaiming land for Singapore. These projects showed and required a large range of disciplines involving amongst others the preparation of feasibility studies, tender preparation and submissions, execution and supervision, responsibility for the turnkey projects in combination with close cooperation and communication with the client and stakeholders.
Currently he is involved in the supervision of the dredging works on behalf of CFM in the Port of Beira Mozambique.

The ECORYS Group is an international consultancy and research organisation specialised in economic and social development. It is one of the oldest and largest economic research and consulting companies in Europe, employing over 500 highly skilled and committed people. The company has been shaped by a remarkable history of more than 77 years, which started in 1929 with the establishment of The Netherlands Economic Institute (NEI) in Rotterdam.
Since then, its economists have achieved international recognition, most notably in 1969 when the first Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to a former NEI director, Professor Jan Tinbergen. ECORYS is also proud to see, or have seen, several of its alumni holding ministerial and executive positions with – among other – international finance institutions.

Today the ECORYS Group is operating from 18 permanent offices in 10 countries with the head office in Rotterdam. ECORYS works with clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors and apply its expertise to improve the economic and social conditions of:
  • The countries in which we live and have our offices
  • The European Union and its neighbouring states
  • Developing countries, especially for poverty alleviation
A Sample of Ecorys Clients
    Multilateral Institutions and International Finance Institutions
  • European Commission
  • European Investment Bank
  • World Bank
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Public Sector
  • Ministries of Transport and Infrastructure
  • Regional and local authorities
    Private Sector
    Various clients from the following sectors:
    Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure
    Roads, Tunnels and Bridges
    Rail and Urban Transport
    Airport and Aviation
    Other network sectors
    Regions, Cities and Real Estate
    Regional Development
    Urban Development
    Public Real Estate
    Economy and Competitiveness
    Macro-economics and Public Policy
    Competition and regulation
    Agriculture, Industry, Trade and Export
    Knowledge society
    Environment and natural resources
    Social Policy and Governance
    Social policy, employment and income
    Health Care

Eric van Drunen (Ecorys Traffic Expert)
Eric van Drunen was involved in over 25 port market studies and forecasting projects, in 10 CBA studies for maritime infrastructures and in several reviews of major project applications for EU funding of maritime infrastructure. Furthermore, he has been giving guest lectures at the Maritime Economics and Logistics Master Course at the Erasmus University Rotterdam since 2007.
His main areas of experience include:

Simme Veldman (Ecorys Transportation Expert)
Mr. Veldman is a very experienced transport economist. He obtained a PhD degree in economics in 1990, at Rotterdam Erasmus University, Thesis titled “Route planning in a centrally assisted liner system”, an application of operations research techniques on the efficiency of liner shipping services in Indonesia. He is a member of the International Association of Maritime Economists.
He has carried out almost 100 transport economic studies in Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, China, Colombia, Egypt, Gambia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands Antilles, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Selected recent projects carried out by Mr. Veldman are:

Nienke Uil (Ecorys Financial modeller)
Nienke works on several national and international projects. She is an all-round advisor specialized in Public Private Partnerships (PPP), cooperation between public and private partners in general and financial analysis.
Sector wise she focuses on transport infrastructure (roads, ports) and energy (district heating, sustainable energy and innovation). Nienke has advised several governments (India, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan) how to create an enabling environment for PPP (PPP Policy, PPP Unit, Financial Instruments, Regulations).
General areas of experience are:

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