Fiji Ports – Masterplan

AMSTEC provided Project Management for the Fiji Ports Development Master Plan technical assistance (TA) project.







The main objectives were to improve efficiency and productivity of ports in Fiji. The outcome will be a government endorsed 20-year ports development master plan for Fiji’s six declared ports of entry. The outputs of the Technical Assistance were:

  1. 15 year demand assessment,
  2. port utilization study, and
  3. 7-year action plan.

The Services rendered were:
(i) Inception report outlining the consultants’ approach, methodology and work plan; and cost implications for consulting services. The report will provide activity and personnel schedules and recommend changes to the implementation
arrangements if required. The inception report will be submitted by the Port Specialist
within 4 weeks of the commencement of the TA.
(ii) Demand Assessment. The demand assessment will carry out a review and 15-year forecast
for major freight categories through Fiji ports. The demand forecast will analyze each freight
sector, focusing on containers, liquid, dry and break bulk, and vehicles. It will also consider
cruise ships, tourism vessels, local and international fishing vessels, and domestic ferry vessels. The
demand assessment will be submitted by the Port Specialist by the first quarter of 2016.
(iii) Port Utilization Study. Current port layouts, as well as short, medium, and long-term
plans will be provided for each port, to provide a framework for development to ensure capacity is
maximized to meet demand, while retaining flexibility to accommodate future changes. Port zones will be
reconfigured according to cargo type to maximize available berthing space, and ensure
efficient freight handling operations. It will consider freight land uses, such as containers, break bulk,
dry bulk, liquid bulk and vehicles; and non-freight land uses such as fishing, ship repair, and commercial
maritime space. The port utilization study will be submitted jointly by the Port Specialist and Port
Engineer by the second quarter of 2016.
(iv) 7-year action plan. A 7-year action plan identifying investments required to improve
each port’s efficiency will be developed, detailing specific projects, and operation and maintenance to
be undertaken by Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd (FPCL). In prioritizing investments, the 7-year action plan will consider
previous port development plans and studies undertaken by FPCL. The 7-year action plan will be a joint
submission by the Port Specialist and Port Engineer by the second quarter of 2016.
(v) Draft Final report. The draft final report will summarize and consolidate the findings
of items (ii) to (iv), and integrate all findings to provide a 15-year ports master plan for the six
declared ports of entry managed by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited. It will be submitted jointly by the Port
Specialist and Port Engineer by the second quarter of 2016.
(vi) Final Report. The final report will be submitted within four weeks of receiving from
ADB and the government comments on the draft final report.

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Samoa Ports – Masterplan

AMSTEC was involved in providing Team Leadership of the Ports master plan for Samoa.






This project included providing a 20-year ports development masterplan to support the
government in making informed decisions for future investment. Where relevant, disaster and climate
risk considerations will be integrated in various components of the masterplan. The masterplan
will provide a roadmap on investment and reform within the ports sector, ensuring that the government
and its development partners invest in productive assets, and avoiding financial liabilities on
Samoa Port Authority. Through the masterplan exercise, improvement to Samoa’s port infrastructure will
be identified, which may lead to a potential investment project.
AMSTEC as lead port specialist/economist supervised and conducted the required analyses and
consultations to develop the full ports development masterplan. The key outputs were:

  1. preparation of an efficient port layout of the existing port that will optimize port safety and operations, with consideration of the demand assessment, and port constraints;
  2. incorporate findings of the swell mitigation study in the masterplan;
  3. undertake the initial economic assessment for the new port development in collaboration with the port engineer; and
  4. formulate the asset management plan in  consultation with the Samoa Ports Authority.
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Financial & Commercial Adviser to Port Authority

AMSTEC was contracted for 12 months as the Financial and Commercial Adviser to Samoa Ports Authority.

The aim of the advisory role is aimed at improved management and performance of the Samoa Port Authority and to enhanced port handling capability and has the following specific objectives:

  • improved capacity of SPA management at Board and senior management level,
  • a well-defined SPA organization structure with appropriate staffing levels,
  • clear responsibilities and accountability for budgets being implemented within SPA,
  • Enhanced and cost effective services in the port through improved arrangements for private sector involvement.

Matutu Apia Samoa
This Technical Assignment  involves assigning an international Commercial and Financial Port Adviser to the management team of SPA to assist the CEO and senior management in implementing specific parts of the Port Improvement Strategy Plan. Prior to the assignment SPA will hire a new Commercial Manager who will be heading the new commercial department and continue the tasks of the international expert upon
completion of the assignment. The main purpose of setting up a commercial department is to develop SPA into a more client and market oriented organization which is managed and operated on a commercial basis.

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Vanuatu Marine Slipway Demand Analysis

AMSTEC was contracted by ADB PSDI to conduct a Evaluation of demand for marine slipway in Vanuatu.

The purpose of the assignment is to assess the current market demand for and supply of vessel repair and maintenance services in Vanuatu. This work will provide necessary data to estimate the potential market size and revenue potential of a new slipway to be developed under a PPP modality.

NICON Slipway Santo

The analysis will review the market demand for domestic vessel and international vessel dockyard and slipway services based in Vanuatu. The review will include field work to assess existing facilities located at Santo and Efate Islands which are reported to various operational standards. The analysis will also assess likely demand and existing competition in the region and estimate the total costs of developing and operating a greenfield slipway facility at one of the two sites currently under consideration by the Government. The analysis will suggest options for private sector participation in the development of the customized slipway solution and likely operating revenues consistent with regional operators.


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Manila Pasig-Marikina Rivers & Manila Bay & Laguna Lake

Project designed to strengthen water transport links and inland water transport through the development of a ferry link system as an alternative means of public transport around Metro Manila. The MAPALLA Ferry System aims to develop an integrated ferry system that will traverse Manila Bay, Pasig River/Marikina River and Laguna Lake. The Project will provide ferry services along the Manila Bay coast (to cover areas such as Cavite, Bulacan, and Bataan) and Laguna Lake (to cover the areas such as Laguna and Rizal).

Pasig River Manila

AMSTEC was contracted by CPCS to conduct site enablement reviews to identify requirements for the project, including planning of ferries, terminals and inland waterway assets and infrastructure, the size of land, utility services and access arrangement that are needed in the project, and consideration of technical/engineering and operations issues.
Review existing ferry system arrangement in the study areas, including the demand and supply of transport services.
Undertake detailed assessment of the demand and prepare forecast, taking into account the ferry system to be developed.
Conduct traffic surveys on passenger of other transport modes (i.e., rail, and road) and private vehicle users and determine the impact of the project to these modes and how developments in these modes may affect the project.
Identify the assets that will be required in the project, including necessary inter-connectivity/interconnection with the other modes of transportation.
Assist in the finalization of the MPSS for the construction, operation and maintenance of the ferry system covering the facilities, services that are needed (based on market analysis) and the services that need to be provided based on international practices, cost estimation and cost recovery methods keeping in view Government’s existing policies, etc.
Assist in the finalization of the projected costs for the project on a whole of life basis.
Assist in the project’s financial and economic analysis with inputs on the project rationale, project costs operations, maintenance, required contingency levels.

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Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand-Growth Triangle

The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand-Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) has a focus to the maritime sector for the development of Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) services, especially across the Straits of Melaka and ports in Sumatra and Southern Thailand. RoRo services are expected to
strengthen connectivity of the subregion by facilitating movement of goods and people.
Similar to the Phuket, Thailand – Belawan, Indonesia – Penang, Malaysia route, the Trang, Thailand – Belawan – Penang route is expected to be a significant RoRo shipping route plying IMT countries with local aspirations. While the former route was studied by JICA in 2012, the latter, especially the section of Trang-Belawan, has not undergone detailed analysis including its natural condition, infrastructure, institutional arrangements and demand analysis.


AMSTEC was contracted by ADB SE Asia Dept. to conduct a feasibility study on the RoRo shipping service plying Trang-Belawan-Penang, following previous studies by other organizations. Collection and analysis of needed information to facilitate investments by the private sector in RoRo services in the region; and support the growth of international RoRo operations in the IMT-GT subregional area.

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Samoa Ports Authority

Apia Harbour – Samoa













The Samoa Ports Authority (SPA) was established in July 1999 under the provisions of the Ports Authority Act 1998 and is responsible for ensuring that the port and maritime needs of Samoa are met in an effective, efficient, reliable and profitable manner.  It is responsible for the port assets in Apia, Mulifanua, Salelologa, Aleipata and Asau.  The principal assets are land, buildings, civil works (including wharves), navigational lights, and vessels.

Adrian and Doug Oldfield were contracted to conduct a scoping study of Samoa’s port sector which will include: a business assessment of key areas of port infrastructure facilities, finance, operations and maintenance, and organizational structure of the Samoa Ports Authority (SPA); analysis of port performance and competitiveness of the Samoan maritime sector within the region; identification of opportunities for growth,  investment and divestment for the national port system; and assessment of existing asset management and maintenance funding by SPA.

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Solomon Islands Port Authority

Solomon Islands Port Authority

Honiara is located on the northern coast of the island of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands and includes a sea port at Point Cruz. Honiara Port is the most important international port and gateway to the country.

The Port Scoping Review made an assessment of current participation of the private sector and recommend suitable roles in providing, using, and maintaining some facilities in the port; and determine the need for, and possible coverage of a project investment plan or detailed study for port expansion, improvement, or new site.

Outputs of the Scoping Study are:  (i) Business Assessment Report covering identified activities within the port including traffic volume and export and import flow; requirements and associated demand for port services and facilities; preliminary assessment of port performance (operational, financial, institutional) and institutional analysis of SIPA and public and private sector agencies involved in Honiara port operations and management; and (ii)  Final Port Improvement/Upgrading/Expansion Report covering recommended actions to be undertaken by the Government in the short and medium term in terms of specific port infrastructure improvements and related costs; employment impact that can be gained from increased commercial activities in the port; draft terms of reference, and next actions/steps.

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Newcastle Port Corporation

In 2006 AMSTEC undertook a suite of consulting projects on behalf of Newcastle Port Corporation (NPC), NSW Australia.

AMSTEC Design Pty Limited was engaged on 31 January 2006 to conduct research and provide an informed set of reports to Newcastle Port Corporation (NPC) relative to trade development prospects. The project delivered concise information to assist with understanding more of the decision making process associated with the selection of port calls from a Shipping lines’ perspective and what types of value proposition is meaningful to this industry sector. Relative to this and recent developments in infrastructure planning in NSW what supporting utilisation evidence would realistically underpin a development strategy whereby NPC could make board submission towards investment and operation of certain specialised equipment within the port.
The background to this being the uncertainty voiced by various shipping Lines as to plans and associated particulars pertaining to the closure of East Darling Harbour, White Bay and Glebe Island in NSW, Australia at that time.
Newcastle Port Corporation (NPC) is a statutory corporation of the NSW Government charged with the responsibility of managing commercial shipping activity in the port of Newcastle. In keeping with the 05/06 business plan the NPC has as targets diversifying
the trade base and maximising the best use of port land.
The development opportunities reflected in this study provide evidence towards supporting a short to medium term strategy of attracting new business to the existing Carrington site through expanding selected services and infrastructure to support new
user’s demands. Also included is a view on longer term sustainable business throughput at the Mayfield site, underpinned by service levels being proven to those attracted to stage one.
This study served to provide background and Industry insight necessary to allow consideration towards designing a targeted strategy in attempts to capture new business.
During the course of the study new findings provided enough evidence to investigate automotive vehicle imports into NSW ports. This report also reflects these new findings towards supporting development potential at Newcastle port for the motor vehicle
Industry. This in itself is a study to understand the complex set of requirements and demands required by the motor vehicle import industries.
The initial stage of the study dealt with interviews and outcomes discussions with key decision makers of shipping lines calling direct at East Darling Harbour. Then followed a more focussed approach which included interviewing motor vehicle importers.
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Rio Tinto Marine

In 2006 AMSTEC provided a suite of consulting services to Rio Tinto Marine (RTM) covering various objectives.

The project plan was designed to provide RTM with hard data and advisory services towards detailing an informed review of the Australia / New Zealand break bulk industry including identifying the key players, drivers and opportunities. This provided detail to investigate new market opportunities that would complement RTM capabilities and future requirements.

The primary objective of the projects is to inform RTM on;

  1. CARRIER STATUS – current break bulk carriers profiles, highlighting their:
  • Voyage route covering fixed load / discharge ports and any variance
  • Hardware being types and size of vessels deployed
  • Cargo handling capabilities i.e. box hold/gantry crane/shore gear requirements
  • Total fleet size and resources including brief company profile / history
  1. CARRIER TRADE ROUTE PROFILES – break bulk carrier trade particulars from Australia / New Zealand to Japan, Asia, SE Asia, USWC, USEC, with a specific focus on:
  • Listing Main carriers, associations and their resources specific to trading regions
  1. CARGO TRADE ROUTE PROFILES – type of break-bulk cargo shipped by each carrier (including terms of contract if possible)
  • Whether the break-bulk cargo is Australia /New Zealand backhaul or front haul
  • Whether the carriers ballast back to loading areas or there is cargo available from the discharge port locations
  • Specifics of cargo being shipped back from these disport locations
  • Type and volume of cargoes
  • Where this cargo lands in Australia
  1. POTENTIAL NEW CARRIERS – Opportunities and circumstances to allow entry of new carriers
  2. VOYAGE CALCULATION – example of a shipowner’s fixed cost voyage Proforma template

FREIGHT CALCULATION – example of variable cost freight rate Proforma template.

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Indonesian Coastal Shipping

In 2006 AMSTEC was contracted by PT Pelayaran Meratus Shipping of Surabaya Indonesia to modify and develop a business structure, strategic and business plan, budget controls and strategic vision and direction on profit planning for their coastal shipping business. In addition investigation into new market opportunities was designed to provide a launch into niche International service route that would complement Meratus size, capabilities and knowledge of the Indonesian trading environment
The primary objective of the project is to inform Meratus on;
1. How to improve overall performance on operations and profitability.
2. Yield management, cost and profitability per container / unit.
3. Identify new business opportunities which add value to existing business.
4. Provide comprehensive review and report on potential improvements to business practices
including business and strategic planning, performance management and risk analysis.
Specific objectives for follow up Stage 2, following agreement to proceed;
1. Implementation assistance for change management processes and procedures within internal
and external business activities.
2. Design and develop and assist with implementing business planning, budget disciplines,
reporting protocols and other business tools.
3. Assist with strategic planning for future growth and development of new business ventures.

The primary objective of the project is to inform Meratus on;1. How to improve overall performance on operations and profitability.2. Yield management, cost and profitability per container / unit.3. Identify new business opportunities which add value to existing business.4. Provide comprehensive review and report on potential improvements to business practicesincluding business and strategic planning, performance management and risk analysis.Specific objectives for follow up Stage 2, following agreement to proceed;1. Implementation assistance for change management processes and procedures within internaland external business activities.2. Design and develop and assist with implementing business planning, budget disciplines,reporting protocols and other business tools.3. Assist with strategic planning for future growth and development of new business ventures.

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Past Projects: PNG – Coastal Shipping

Commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for an assignment to act as Technical Expert on Shipping Regulation for the ADB who is providing technical assistance (TA) to the Government of Papua New Guinea for the preparation of a new National Transport Strategy. The overall objective is to review and prepare an advisory report on the regulation of coastal shipping and, in respect of cabotage rules, international shipping services within Papua New Guinea.

Adrian traveled to PNG in August 2010 and October/ November 2010 in order to conduct research and interview stakeholders and construct a draft policy of recommendations for the Coastal Shipping Study which has been concluded in January 2011.

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Papua New Guinea – Freight rate study

Adrian has been contracted by CPCS Transcom of Canada as the lead consultant on a project
to Review PNG Coastal Shipping Rates:

The project will investigate and review the current conditions and update the Domestic (coastal) Sea Freight Tariff introduced (last update) January 1991. In association with such review the investigation will review subsidiary charges that have subsequently been introduced for their appropriateness or otherwise.
To propose an appropriate and equitable tariff regime structure within the domestic shipping industry in Papua New Guineas appropriate to all stakeholders concerned including producers, consumers, shippers, wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers.
The detailed objectives include a requirement to report on:
(i)    Review of the current coastal freight structure and surcharges evident in PNG domestic shipping;
(ii)   Investigate the industry cost structure involved within the PNG coastal trade including fixed operating costs, variable costs and claimed hidden costs of operation on coastal trade routes within PNG coastal waters. The potential implications for price and service competition on the international and coastal trade.

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Pakistan – Karachi Port Trust

Adrian is currently in Pakistan (March / April 2011)
engaged with Asian Development Bank in a project to for The Karachi Port Trust (KPT).
The Project will construct the Karachi Harbor Crossing of
14 km, comprising 3.2 embankments and 11 km bridges (including 10.1 km low-level bridges
and a 0.9 km main toll bridge over the Karachi Harbor Channel) estimated at $450 million.
To ensure the Bankability of the Project KPT wishes to prepare its 5-year business plan
(BP) and 15-year financial projections (FPs) and associated scenarios to be used as input to
update the Project’s feasibility study (PFS) and ADB has agreed to provide KPT with a smallscale
project preparatory technical assistance (SSTA) to help KPT prepare the BP and 15-year
FPs. The SSTA will also help KPT initiate the process of developing bidding documents for the
engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) contract and the selection and awarding of the
Project’s EPC contractor.
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Mount Isa Townsville Economic Zone

AMSTEC was engaged by MITEZ to provide data relating to freight travelling to, from and along the Flinders / Barkly Highway road corridor between Townsville and Mount Isa in NW Queensland.  Through consultation with key government agencies it became apparent that this data is non-existent, but would be highly useful for planning agencies.  The study included other major roads linking to the Flinders Highway that service and supply major industries.  The information will also assist government planning, freight users and transport providers in understanding what is occurring andwhat opportunities and value adding exists for businesses and transport operators.
The data will also assist in projecting future demand to ensure capacity exists for road, rail and port.  The project has key regional partners involved through the formation of a reference group for the project to ensure all stakeholder input is considered.  This group includes –  MITEZ, DEEDI (DPI&F and EID&I), Main Roads, Department of Transport, CSIRO, Department of Infrastructure and Planning, TEL, Local Governments across the region, Xstrata, BHP Billiton, Townsville Port, Legend International.
“extensively consulting with freight users, provide accurate data on freight logistics to identify what forms of transport are currently being used and what types of goods/ products are being transported across the MITEZ corridor and the reasons why a particular mode is used and what are the alternatives.
An analysis, based on the volume and type of freight currently being carted by road on the Flinders Highway. This data will be collated from information provided by road transport operators.
Identify freight which has shifted from rail to road – primarily this was to ensure freight which is identified as ‘rail’ freight be included in QRN/ARG future forecasting schedules.”
The Report can be viewed on the following link:
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OnOctober 19, 2010, posted in: News by

Pohnpei Port Authority, Micronesia

Pilotage Pohnpei port 20 June 2010


Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia): Adrian made several study assignment visits (July / September 2010)  to Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, where he was engaged by the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Centre as the lead consultant to complete a port scoping study for the port of Pohnpei FSM.

To download a copy of the final report on Pohnpei Seaport FSM follow either of the following links:

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