With extensive and high-level management experience in the ports, transport and maritime industries . The combined skills of our team cover many aspects of port, shipping, logistics and transport activities.
The disciplines and specializations available from Alhekmah in the Ports, Transport and Logistics Industries include:

  • Business Development
  • Cargo Handling
  • Expert Witness
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Market Forecasting
  • Port Operations and Management
  • Marine / Navigation Studies
  • Port Planning & Engineering
  • Project Development
  • Project Finance
  • Shipping & Trade
  • Strategy Development

This wide range of expertise provides the essential basis on which high quality advice and assistance can be given to prospective customers which can contribute to improve standards of  performance and operation in the international Ports, Shipping and Transport industries.

Other consultancy services can be tailored to client requirements
Strategy development:
The right strategy is the basis for any successful port development project. The strategy development is based on a sound analysis of port performance and port competitiveness. The performance of ports and consequently port competition can best be expressed in terms of logistic chain cost.
The choice of a port as a node in a logistic chain is based on the comparison of the total chain cost of the transportation of the cargo from the origin to the destination. The chain cost components in a port can be described in terms of hinterland connections, maritime accessibility, terminal efficiency, service quality, labour, tariffs, environment and policy.

Maritime Economics
A trade and traffic forecast is often the first step in a port feasibility study. It provides input to the port design and layout phase and to the financial and economic cost benefit analysis. 

Our expertise covering maritime economics in the form of experts that have a long track record of performing these services in port projects worldwide, alhekmah also has access to a network of sector specific experts that can provide specialized input where needed.

A feasible project is a nice start but the main challenge for any project or investment is to realize and implement the project meeting the return on investment anticipated in the feasibility study. For the four main work streams contracts have to be closed, risks have to be mitigated and opportunities have to be benefited from. In order to deal with the market risk often an operator has to be found. In order to handle the construction risk a construction company has to be found. In order to be allowed to built the project environmental permits have to be in place. In order to start construction finance has to be arranged.

Based on a project’s key technical and risk parameters, objectives and constraints the possible PPP options to deliver the project can be defined (BOT, BOOT, DBFM(O), Lease, Divest, Management Contract, Concession). PCR has in depth experience with this process ultimately leading to a clear financial structure of the project, sound PPP partners and a bankable project/investment.

Operation & Terminal Planning
Alhekmah Advices  ports, terminal operators and investors in the required  terminal planning and operations including infrastructure, materials handling equipment, port related structures, management and operational staffing.

A port master plan describes the long term development of a port complex. The time horizon of a port masterplan project is at least two decades. Because of this long term perspective, robustness is the most essential design requirement. The masterplan should be based on the most likely future as forecasted in trade and traffic projections. However it should also be able to meet the yet unforeseen challenges in the coming decades. For that reason PCR advocates a design concept that optimizes the robustness of the port master plan by maximizing the flexibility of phased development.

What we do ?

  • Feasibility and investment studies.
  • Management and organizational studies.
  • Marketing and distribution studies.
  • Optimization studies for cargo handling and stacking/storage facilities.
  • Definition of Programme of Requirements.
  • Basic and detailed design (civil, mechanical, electrical and process control and automation).
  • Technical specifications and tender documents.
  • Contracting.
  • Project and construction management.
  • Technical inspection and commissioning of plants.
  • Operational and management assistance.
  • Training of staff and operators.
  • Operational and technical audits.
  • Trouble shooting and efficiency analysis.
  • Upgrading of plants and R&D assistance.