1st GPF Executive Workshop on Coal Terminals Supply Chain Developments, Trends and Operations, Oct 12-13 2017, Hotel Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

Global Ports Forum presents – 1st GPF Executive Workshop on Coal Terminals Supply Chain Developments, Trends and Operations, Oct 12-13 2017, Hotel Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay


Dear colleagues

About The Workshop

This two days executive workshop is targeted to provide an overview of Coal terminals and their role as the most crucial link in logistics supply chain. There is a whole range of Coal Terminals and Ports from very basic barge loading / unloading systems connecting with anchorage operations to the most modern state-of-the-art coal loading / unloading terminals depending upon market size and volume to be handled. Ownership, operatorship and commercial aspect also vary based on users’ requirements and risk perceptions. While large scale coal miners, suppliers, users and traders tend to control the supply chain by using their own dedicated terminals, common user coal terminals are also equally important and these common user terminals cater to requirements of a number of users requiring terminal services for their coal handling requirements. This workshop targets to enable participants to understand comprehensive process to develop coal handling terminals from site selection to hinterland mapping, assessment of market potential, optimization of investment in cargo handling, storage and hinterland connectivity. The workshop also aims to provide steps involved in process of environment management, detailed project report, concession agreement and understanding other commercial terms for coal terminals. Another objective of the workshop is to prepare the participants to excel in operations of coal terminals for satisfaction of customers and all stake holders in order to achieve desired financial objectives.

Significance / relevance of the workshop

During the last two decades, trade volume of coal has shown a significant increase, reaching a level of over 1400 Million MT in the year 2014. Main factor attributable to the steady growth in coal trade is the economics of coal consumption as fuel in comparison with other alternative fuels. For the very same factor of economics, in a relatively low valued bulk commodity like coal, logistics cost is the most controllable element in the entire value chain. Effective and efficient logistics management makes the most significant contribution in the profitability of coal business value chain. At both exports and imports end of the logistics chain, it is essential to create optimum infrastructure and handling, storage and hinterland connectivity /evacuation capacity in line with volume of commodity to be handled. The workshop will use a number of examples of coal terminals in different parts of the world and provide a broad overview to enable participants to draw on best practices which can be adapted as per their own operative environment.


At the end of this workshop, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand significance and role of coal terminals in national and regional context
  • Learn the process of coal terminal development along with detailed steps involved at each stage of development
  • Develop comprehensive understanding about market, customer classification, expectation and aligning service levels & pricing with customer priorities.
  • Get deep knowledge about Coal logistics chain and total logistics cost comparison with calculation of sea freight, hinterland connectivity and land logistics costs.
  • Learn about Port operations and cargo handling systems for coal.
  • Understand financial calculations for coal terminal investment and operation.


A combination of Class room Training, Interactive workshops, Individual and group case studies will be used. Participants will be provided with advance study / reading material on each topic covered under deliverables.

Who Should Attend

Government and public bodies responsible for Port and Terminal development; Port Authorities; Port / Terminal developers, Port / terminal operators; Port investors, Banks, PE, Financial Institutions; Port Service providers; Shipping Companies, Forwarders, Logistics companies, Intermodal Service providers; Port Equipment Suppliers; Port Designers / Planners; Port Consultants and all those connected with Coal trade – miners / suppliers / traders / users.


Session 1

Coal trade scenario: A global perspective of coal trade, shipping arrangements for coal cargo; coal ports and terminals and need for private sector participation in coal ports and terminals.

Session 2

Development process:

A systemic approach to step wise process of coal terminal development:

  • Stage 1 – Site selection, understanding statutory policies and requirement for coal terminal, prefeasibility study and data collection, preparing roadmap for project execution
  • Stage 2 – Modelling and studies of marine conditions, Rapid Environment Impact Assessment, Assessment of Business and Cargo potential with hinterland mapping and competition analysis
  • Stage 3 – Market assessment and price sensitivity, Detailed Environment Impact Assessment, Detailed Project Report
  • Stage 4 – Financial analysis and Financial closure
  • Stage 5 – Construction contracting and Equipment procurement

Session 3

Operational Excellence: Defining service parameters, Standard Operating Procedures, Work instructions and checklists as well as compliance review. Define Key Result Areas (KRAs) or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Operations of coal terminals should cover all areas of port operations in addition, hinterland logistics which forms an integrated part of coal terminal services.

Session 4

Financial Modelling: Using financial modelling based on volume of coal traffic and assumed revenue / operating costs; a group case study will be conducted to demonstrate practical financial aspects and preparing price sensitivity exercise for all level of participants’ 360 degree understanding and applying the concepts on the job.

About the Course Director:

This program will be conducted by Mr. Mukesh Parikh who is associated with Global Maritime Industry for over 35 years. He has a distinction of having hands on Maritime Industry experience with continuous involvement in Training and Development throughout his distinguished career.

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. His next role was Chief Operating Officer of Sterling Port for setting up integrated Port Facilities at Dahej Port. All stages of Green Field Port development were covered – From site selection to Feasibility, Environment Impact Assessment and Environment clearance for the project, Detailed Project Report, Concession Agreement with Authorities for development of Port Infrastructure and facilities on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer model.

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.

Past Workshops: 

We have created a facebook page for Global Ports Forum, where event photos are uploaded.



On or Before 12 Sep 2017: The ‘Early Bird’ Rate is S$2895 – Save S$400!
Special Offer! – 3 Delegates For The Price of 2 in This Category! Save S$2895!

  • From 13 Sep 2017: The Regular Rate is S$3295

Special Offer! – 3 Delegates For The Price of 2 in This Category! Save S$3295!

Note: All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.


To register, please submit the following details to thomasng@globalportsforum.com:

What Best Describes Your Industry Sector?:

Billing information:

For cheque payments: To be made payable to ‘Global Ports Forum Pte. Ltd.’ Please do not send post-dated cheque.


For telegraphic transfers:


Account Name:             Global Ports Forum Pte. Ltd.,

Account No. :                695 477 141 001.

Beneficiary Bank:          Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, Singapore. (Swift: OCBCSGSG),

Address : 65 Chulia Street #01-00, OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513.


Please supply confirmation via email of the TT from your bank. Transmitting bank charges must be paid by sender. Please quote both delegate and company name as reference.


Kindly note that as we are providing a special rate for ‘early bird’ sign up, we will need to receive your company payment by 12 Sep 2017 to enjoy the discount.

Details of GPF executive workshops/forums in the upcoming few months include:

  1. Global Ports Forum announces the Launch of the Certified Global Port Manager (CGPM) Program.



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Coal Terminals Supply Chain Developments, Trends and Operations, October 12-13, 2017 Singapore



  1. 3rd Executive Workshop on Multi-Purpose Terminal Business & Operations, Oct 12-13, 2017, Singapore



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Cybersecurity for Ports & Terminals, October 16-17, 2017, Singapore



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Excel in Developing, Implementing & Managing Service Level Agreements, October 21-22, 2017, Singapore


  1. Singapore to host the 3rd Global Ports Forum, 25-26 Oct 2017, Singapore. Superb Content, Excellent Networking & Trusted GPF Platform. Register Today!



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Excellence in Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Contracts for Non-Legal Professionals – Practical Understanding of Legal and Common Commercial Clauses, Oct 28-29, 2017, Singapore


  1. 2nd Executive Workshop on Bulk Liquid Terminals, Commercial & Operational Excellence, November 6-7,2017 Singapore



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Excellence in Negotiating & Managing Contracts, Nov 9-10 2017 Singapore



  1. 3rd GPF Executive Workshop on Investment Strategies for Green / Brown Field Port Projects, November 09-10, 2017 Melbourne



  1. 2nd Executive Workshop on Effective Concession Agreements for Ports & Terminals, November 16-17, 2017, Melbourne



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Use of Automated Guided Vehicles and drones in Ports and Terminals, November 16-17, 2017 Melbourne



  1. 5th GPF Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, November 20-21, 2017, Singapore



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Workshop on Reefer Container Logistics, Nov 20-21, 2017, Singapore



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Cruise Development for Destinations, November 22-24, 2017, Singapore



  1. 3rd GPF Executive Workshop on Strategic Planning for Ports & Terminals, 28-29 Nov 17, Singapore.



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Program on Global Ports Management, Dec 4-8, 2017, Melbourne



  1. 3rd Executive Workshop on InterModal Solutions – Value Creation, USP identification & Market Positioning for Ports & Terminals, Dec 14-15, 2017, Melbourne, Australia




  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Bulk Liquid Terminals – A Comprehensive Overview for potential Investors in Bulk Liquid Terminals, January 18-19, 2018, Singapore



  1. 5th GPF Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, January 18-19, 2018 Singapore



  1. 3rd GPF Executive Workshop on Investment Strategies for Green / Brown Field Port Projects, Feb 7-8, 2018, Dubai


  1. 2nd GPF Executive Program on Global Ports Management, February 11-15, 2018 Dubai



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Program on Global Ports Advanced Management, February 11-20, 2018 Dubai + Port visits 3 days 21-23 Feb 2018, Dubai



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Dredging Techniques and Construction Management for Ports & Terminals, February 15 – 16 2018 Singapore



  1. 5th GPF Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, February 19-20, 2018, Dubai



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Workshop on Advanced Shipping Business, Feb 21-22, 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates



  1. 3rd Executive Workshop on Multi-Purpose Terminal Business & Operations, February 21-22, 2018 Dubai, UAE



  1. Dubai to host the 4th Global Ports Forum from 21-22 February 2018. Superb Content, Excellent Networking & Trusted GPF Platform. Register Today!



  1. H. E. Mohammed Sharaf, Asst Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Economic and Trade Affairs of United Arabs Emirates & the retired Group CEO of Dubai Ports World Group (2005 to Jan 2016) had consented to be the Guest Of Honor for the Awards Dinner. Come Join us with Achievers of Ports/Terminals Excellence at 2018 Global Ports Forum Awards, 22 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arabs Emirates



  1. GPF Executive Workshop on Dredging Techniques and Construction Management for Ports & Terminals, Feb 21-22, 2018, Dubai




  1. 2nd GPF Executive Program on Global Ports Management, Feb 26 – Mar 2, 2018, Singapore



  1. 5th GPF Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, March 08-09, 2018, Singapore



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Workshop on Bulk Liquid Terminals – A Comprehensive Overview for potential Investors in Bulk Liquid Terminals, 15-16 Mar 18, Rotterdam



  1. 5th GPF Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, April 19-20, 2018 Melbourne



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Program on Global Ports Advanced Management, 14-23 May 2018 + Port visits 3 days 24-26 May 2018, Singapore



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Program on Global Ports Management, 14-18 May, 2018, Singapore



  1. Hamburg to Host the 5th Global Ports Forum, Jun 18-19, 2018. Join us for the definitive GPF for our superior content, excellent networking and global platform.



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Program on Global Ports Management, Sept 30 – Oct 04, 2018 Dubai



  1. 2nd GPF Executive Program on Global Ports Advanced Management, September 30 – October 09, 2018 + Port visits 3 days 10-11 October 2018, Dubai UAE


Look forward to welcoming you at the executive workshops and forums!


Kind regards

Thomas Ng


The Global Ports Forum





10 Anson Road


International Plaza

Singapore 079903


Website: www.globalportsforum.com/


Mobile: +65 9684 3289

DID:    +65 65197662

Fax:    +65 6725 8438

Email:  thomasng@globalportsforum.com

Terms & Conditions:

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.

Leave a Reply