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Global Ports Forum presents the 5th GPF Global Ports Management Executive Program, Feb 6-10,2022 Dubai, UAE

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Global Ports Forum presents the 5th GPF Global Ports Management Executive Program, Feb 6-10,2022 Dubai, UAE.

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Dear industry colleagues


This five days Management program is structured to provide intensive coaching combined with interactive workshops, individual and group case studies and participants’ presentations on all important subjects.


This one week training program aims to prepare executives in Ports and Terminals – authorities, developers, operators, financers, shipping companies, ports and logistics service providers, port consultants, other allied industries and services; to assume higher level of roles and responsibilities by providing them an overall framework of Ports Business. The program provides the basic concepts, tools, information and knowledge to participants about the Ports and terminals.

A bird’s eye-view on Integrated functioning of complex Port and terminals organizations – defining and understanding Vision, Mission, Objectives and goals. Cohesive functioning of all the departments facilitates achieving common goals and objectives. The program provides a platform to the participants to develop a comprehensive understanding and knowledge on ports and terminal management, administration and efficient operations.   

While majority of Ports and terminals executives possess requisite knowledge and expertise in their assigned roles and responsibilities, very few claim to have an overall understanding and clarity in the integrated functioning of the ports and terminals organizations. Clarity and understanding of overall comprehensive functioning of the port and terminal helps in mutual co-operation among departments thereby delivering seamless and smooth services to customers for customer delight and improved level of financial performance. This in turn may lead to satisfied stakeholders in the ports and terminals. In a constantly changing environment of the ports and terminals industry, with high degree of value migration; every port and terminal needs to deliver best value to the customers. All port and terminal organizations need to develop their manpower to be prepared with requisite training in order to respond to changing demands in important aspects of services parameters in a proactive manner.       

The 5 days Classroom training of the Management Program encompasses all major and important functions of the ports and terminals – their basic practices, international norms and standards to benchmark against best practices at the operational level. Continuation in the next 5 days of the program leading to Advanced Management Program consolidates all important functions and decision making process at strategic level.

With a total of over eight decades of experience in ports and terminals planning, development and operations; experienced course directors from Global Ports Forum have put in their expertise to share the best practices and benchmarks in line with world class standards and norms, making the participants to aim in quest of excellence.

PROGRAM DETAILS (daily 9.00am to 5.00pm)

Day 1 – World Maritime Trade and development of international ports. Understanding Role of Ports as vital gateways for national trade and economic development. Changing role of Ports as most essential link in the international logistics and supply chain.

Types of Ports and classification of ports and terminals based on nature of business and customers to be served – passengers and different types / categories of cargo. General or multi-purpose ports v/s specialized ports - Advantages and disadvantages. Classification of Ports and terminals based on ownership / operation structure.

Classroom training followed by case studies, group discussions and presentations.

Day 2 – Port Business analysis. Understanding dynamics, market forces and elements which impact the ports business. Analysis of each factor and extent of its influence on the port business volume and revenue. Mapping competition activities and market environment scan. Discussion on case study of one or two ports examples.

Process of Port Development for new project sites and existing project sites. Site selection, prefeasibility studies, plans for environment management, project funding and financing options and structure; Legal and commercial terms – concession agreements. Classroom training followed by case studies, group discussions and presentations.

Day 3 – Site investigation and detailed studies, preparation of bankable Detailed Project Report (DPR), achieving Financial Closure for the project, negotiation of legal and commercial terms and signing concession agreement. Classroom training and group discussions.

Day 4 – Pricing and tariff – understanding price sensitivity vis-a-vis competition, different revenue elements against type of services and tariff preparation. Determination of business volume for the life of the project as per terms of concession agreement. Understanding different capital costs and operating costs for each operation. Based on revenue and costs, arriving at profitability and preparing basic financial model with user friendly dashboard for investment decisions.

Classroom training and case study with practical exercise of financial modelling.

Day 5 – Operating procedures for Marine, dry bulk cargo, liquid bulk cargo and container operations. As well as all support services like Engineering Services, warehousing, transport & logistics – road / rail operations, Safety & Security, Marketing and Business Development. Preparation of check lists and work instructions as a part of Integrated Management System.

Classroom training and case studies.


At the end of the 5 days training program, each participant will be given a topic on ports / terminal industry. Participants would be required to prepare a project report and submit the same within a period of 3 months for critical evaluation and review by the course director, who will award suitable grade to each participant as per contents and quality of the project report.

PROGRAM DIRECTORS (subject to final confirmation)

Capt Vikram Sharma

Capt. Vikram Sharma was the Chief Executive Officer of Terminal Investment Limited Sarl from 2008 to 2018. Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) is the terminal/port investment branch of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). In 2013 Capt Sharma was responsible for successfully arranging a minority stake sale (35%) to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) with MSC owning the balance majority stake. TIL invests in and manages around 50 container terminals, either wholly owned or in Joint Venture with other leading Global Terminal Operators, all over the world. Capt Sharma reported to the Board of Directors, overall responsibility for creating, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic direction of the organization, with a view to creating shareholder value.

During his tenure at TIL, Mr. Sharma held a seat on boards of various subsidiary and joint venture terminals spread over the world or responsible for nominating colleagues to various terminal board positions. Set up the full management structure of TIL between Sept 2008 and May 2009 and more than tripled number of terminals under ownership/joint venture and management of Terminal Investment Limited from 14 in 2009 to 50 in 2018.

Capt Sharma was responsible for leading the team in designing, constructing and managing several terminals around the world from greenfield/brownfield sites to profit making ventures including Smelte Klaipedos – Klaipeda, Lithuania; Lome Container Terminal – Lome, Togo; Adani International Container Terminal Pvt Ltd – Mundra, India (JV with Adani); Fos XL – Fos Marseille, France (JV with APMT); National Container Terminal – King Abdullah econ. City, S. Arabia (JV with IPM); Asya Port – Tekirdag, Turkey; Brazil Terminal Portuario – Santos, Brazil (later sold 50% shares to APMT).

He had full P&L responsibility for group terminals. He substantially grew group EDITDA from around USD150 million in 2009 to more than USD750 million (TIL share). Overall container moves in excess of 40 million with revenue in excess of USD3 billion (TIL share). Direct Reports – heads of Operational, Financial, Treasury, Legal, Engineering, Risk Management and Internal Audit Departments. Capt. Sharma was nominated as amongst the top 10 Most Influential Persons in the Container Terminal Industry by Lloyds List for 2016~2018.

From Mar 2006 to Aug 2008, Capt. Sharma was the Managing Director, Mediterranean Shipping Company Nigeria Ltd. Overall Responsibilities included Designing structure of Organization for setting up independent Agency office in Lagos, Nigeria; Preparation of Position Descriptions for all staff and setting work procedures in place; Selection, Recruiting and Training of staff including Senior management and Set up full Agency with around 50 employees and doubled business in a short period of two years.

From year 2000 to 2016, Capt. Vikram Sharma had excelled in his long career at P&O Ports Group.

From Aug 2003 to Feb 2006, Capt. Sharma was Director Operations, South Asia & M. East Region, P&O Ports Pvt. Ltd. Mr Sharma was reporting directly to Regional Director, P&O Ports Pvt Ltd with overall Operations responsibility for South Asia & Middle East Region container terminals, namely – In INDIA, Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal Ltd (NSICT), Chennai Container Terminal Ltd (CCT) and Mundra International Container Terminal Ltd (MICT). In PAKISTAN, Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT); In SRI LANKA, South Asia Gateway Terminal Ltd (SAGT)

His overall responsibilities included Business Development and New Projects, Financial modeling of projects to assess feasibility in conjunction with Business Development Director and provide recommendations to London Corporate Office. Dealings with various Ministries (Shipping, Railways, Commerce), Govt. bodies (Customs, CONCOR, Port Authorities etc) and Trade Bodies and Associations with respect to new projects and related issues. Operational and Financial Review of the performance of all terminals within South Asia and Middle East. Recommending and initiating implementation of operational strategies for improving productivity and efficiency of the various sites. Reviewing Terminal Processes and layouts and recommending design changes for existing and future sites. Initiating, implementing and reviewing staff/labour policies, compensation packages and incentive schemes; Establishing, monitoring and reviewing Key Performance Indicators at sites; Working closely with site CEOs to implement recommended policies and Maintaining close contacts with Shipping Lines, vessel operators, container freight station operators, shippers and consignees and their respective Trade Associations to ensure customer needs are identified, understood and met.

Capt. Sharma is a Member of the Regional Team tasked with design input and review of the new Terminal Operating System (an ERP system being developed by Tata Consultancy services at Hyderabad) to be deployed at all P&O Ports terminals around the world. Preparation and review of annual budgets and five year business plans for all terminals in the region.

From Mar 2000 to Aug 2003, Capt Sharma was the Manager – Quality, Occupational Health & Safety, Environment (QHSE) and Training for P&O Ports South Asia and Middle East region.

From 1998 to 2000, Capt. Vikram Sharma was the General Manager, Safety & Quality Assurance with Tanker Pacific Management in Singapore. From 1993 to 1998 Capt Sharma Joined ABS Marine Services, Inc. in Singapore in the Management Systems Department as Senior Surveyor, rising to eventually head the department for the Asia Pacific Region. From 1991 to 1993 Called ashore and designated Senior Superintendent with Neptune Shipmanagement Services, Singapore and tasked with setting up the Company’s Safety and Audit Department. Responsible for getting tanker vessels through Oil Major inspections.

1971 to 1991, Capt Sharma was sailing. He started his sailing career in 1971 and from 1983 till 1991 sailed as Chief Officer (one year) and Master on bulk carriers, container vessels and tankers with Neptune Shipmanagement Services Pte. Ltd. (Singapore).

Since Capt Sharma’s retirement from TIL in Mar 2018, he is active in various consultancy and advisory roles in the container terminal industry.

Ng Koon Seng (FCA Singapore, FCCA UK, FCPA Australia) has over 30 years of experience in a global logistics, ocean freight operations and container transportation conglomerate. He has a wealth of international experience from his career in shipping, global container equipment operation; process Optimization, end to end finance system setup for the shipping business start-up operation, transformation, change management, merger & acquisitions and divestures. He was engaged by Jurong Port Pte Ltd in year 2014 as a Finance system lead and business process consultant for a Joint Venture start up Port/Terminal project, providing finance IT project management and translate user requirements into solution concept, prepare training manuals specific to each finance processes and setting up the finance organization, Multi-Purpose Port/Terminal billing system and implementation of the real time integrated Enterprise financial full system from scratch through end to end finance process innovation and design, develop innovation and out-of-box solutions, lean and digitize, user & finance-friendly administration, workflow integrated for Marunda Center Terminal – PT. Pelabuhan Tegar Indonesia, the 1st private international & domestic multi-purpose seaport which focusing in General Cargo & Bulk Cargo (dry & liquid) in greater Jakarta area. The port is a joint venture between Marunda Center Industrial Estate (www. Indonesia and Jurong Port Pte Ltd ( a leading international multi-purpose port operator in Singapore. The integrated port billing and finance system is up and live in Marundra Center Terminal.

He was also tasked to do research on the Ports in Thailand, training, financial modelling with Activity-based costing Analysis for the Aggregates and sand Terminal project.

Mr Ng spent 25 years of his career with NOL/APL, a world leader in shipping and logistics services with annual turnover of US$8b., holding various senior management positions from liners services, special cargoes, freight forwarding, shipping agencies, manage PSA’s appropriated Berth scheme for shipping consortia to global equipment operation including M&A of APL, lead Post Merger integration and transformation of the NOL/APL global equipment operation, depots, trucking, rail, land and intermodal operation which involved more than US$1.5 Billion worth of operational cost globally. Head of the NOL global equipment management and achieved significant hard core saving per company’s testimonial thru dynamics operational modelling.    

Thomas Ng has over 26 years of training & consulting experience in the ports and shipping industry – in developing innovative solutions for players within the ports & shipping industry,   — in areas of planning & redesign, customer services and business operations; and delivering results.

He is the present Chairman of The Global Ports Forum (GPF). Since 2008, Thomas founded and launched the GPF, a platform where all ports stakeholders in the ecosystem- port customers, port authorities, port operators, port people, port suppliers & service providers are gathered together to discuss about issues furthering the interests of ports globally. 

Thomas is proven and well-respected in the ports & shipping circles — recognized for his in-depth industry knowledge and far-reaching personal industry network and linkages.

Thomas is invited regularly as speaker & facilitator at Ports conferences, roundtable and executive workshops. He spoke recently at Transport Intelligence 2013 Infrastructure panel, together with senior executives from World Bank & UPS, Container Depot Association Singapore Conference 2014 on ports and infrastructure, Tank Storage Conference in 2015 and Roundtable on Smart ports & ships and Internet of Things in Jun 2016.

On a professional level, Thomas is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Singapore Chapter since 2001. He is also a Board Member of the Singapore Chapter of Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport for over 16 years.

Mukesh Parikh

Mr. Mukesh Parikh is associated with Global Maritime Industry for over 40 years. He has a distinction of having hands on Maritime Industry experience with continuous involvement in Training and Development throughout his distinguished career.

He has been conducting a number of executive training programs on ports and terminals at Singapore, UAE, South Africa and other international locations, in addition to his current position of Adjunct Professor at Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management.

Mr. Mukesh Parikh has a post graduate degree in Management with specialization in Marketing and Finance. He attended one year training program Professional Shipping at Norwegian Shipping Academy, Oslo.

During his career of 18 years in the Commercial Shipping, he was associated with UNCTAD/UNDP as a Trainer and Course developer. He attended two weeks instructors’ Workshop (Training for Trainers) organized by UNCTAD / UNDP in collaboration with The Ministry of Transport and Ports in Malaysia at Penang Port Commission. He conducted a number of training Programs in the Middle East, South East Asia and Indian subcontinent including developing a training program on General Shipping Management for Arab Maritime Transport Academy, Sharjah, UAE.

A sound foundation of Shipping Industry and clear understanding of market and customer expectation and requirement from service providers enabled Mr. Mukesh Parikh to build the next phase of his career in Ports and Terminal Industry.

He worked with The Adani Group in Senior Management position for 10 years from the inception stage of Mundra Port in India and made a major contribution to set up Business Development and Marketing team as well as establish Standard Operating Procedures for the entire spectrum of Operations in the port. He successfully built marketing and operations teams and trained them.

Since July 2014, Mr. Mukesh Parikh has taken up advisory and consultancy role for The Maritime Industry. His assignments cover Business volume estimation and hinterland mapping with competition analysis, Revenue forecasts for the life of the project and financial modelling, investment optimization in line with market potential; Commercial and legal aspects of logistics, cargo handling, warehousing contracts; business excellence and standardization of operating procedures; Organization development, structuring and Manpower planning and training. He has also advised a number of clients about the Concession agreements and entering in to sub-concessions.


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No delegate registration will be accepted without completing registration details and full payment.

Upon receipt of your registration details and full payment, further programme information will be emailed to you including your proforma invoice and, if required, a letter of invitation for entry visa application.

Delegates will not be admitted unless payment has been received in Full. Flights, Airport Transfers and Accommodation are not included in your delegate registration fee.

Refund Policy - a reimbursement of the registration fee, minus administrative charges will only be made if the participant has notified Global Ports Forum Pte. Ltd. in writing that he/she is unable to attend the event no less than 45 days prior to the commencement of the event.

No cancellation is allowed after that, but a replacement with another participant is allowed. This programme is subject to change without notice, E&O.E.

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Organiser of 5th GPF Executive Prog on Global Ports Mgt, Feb 6-10,2022 Dubai, UAE

Global Ports Forum Pte Ltd
(GPF) is committed to improving global ports and furthering the interests of ports globally!

GPF offers an overview of emerging trends in the ports industry covering ports, harbours and terminals across the globe.

Collaborating with Port Authorities around the world, the Global Ports Forum today bring together members from the ports ecosystem and organises quality port related events, executive workshops and short courses.

Working in collaboration with our senior port experts, we also provide port consultancy services, feasibility studies, survey and research.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Ng
Global Port Singapore

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