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We work with port owners and investors, their customers, adjacent landowners and port stakeholders on projects to build value, competitive advantage and profitable supply chain services for containers, ro-ro, bulk, & project cargo handling. 

Our work is wide-ranging and includes port master plans, business strategy development, business case building, capacity planning, capex reviews, port benchmarking, KPI and new opportunity analysis.

Recent PCLP assignments

- Hinterland markets and business plan study for UK regional port to enable funding for new capital projects.
- £1bn plus transaction in 2018. Part of vendor's due diligence team on successful disposal of a port group’s assets and terminal operations. PCLP’s work included market and competitive landscape analyses, traffic development appraisals, business unit evaluations and review of operational five-year business plans. PCLP produced market and revenue projections of long term growth prospects in unitised and bulk cargoes.
- 2018: Port adviser for Intermodal traffic studies for regional transport organisation in partnership with two engineering consultancies.
- £1bn plus transaction that required comprehensive vendor due diligence work on a multi-port group’s assets and terminal operations. PCLP worked on future market prospects and projections for unitised and bulk cargoes, port asset evaluations, review of port masterplans, capacity analyses and operational five-year business plans. Comprehensive assessments were made of growth capex and maintenance capex requirements to support business development plans at a number of terminals.
review of long term market growth prospects in the UK ports sector for a global investment bank
- North Sea port: market and port traffic appraisal for funding options in a new facility in partnership with EY
- acquisition research and port site selection advice for an international logistics service provider in the Steel market
- port and waterborne freight adviser for DfT modal shift grants review in partnership with Arup

Mainland Europe and Turkey
- Turkey 2018: Contracted to provide private port with commercial due diligence for its multi-purpose services including import and export traffic of steel products, containers and cars. PCLP prepared port traffic analyses, revenue analyses, a market forecasting model and long term volume and revenue projections.
- Turkey 2017: Contracted to provide joint venture port with commercial due diligence for one of the largest container ports in Turkey and its wide range of General Cargoes. PCLP conducted a comprehensive, independent review of the port and its markets, prepared business performance analysis and long term market and revenue projections for a global investment bank and their other advisers. Transaction successfully completed for US$870m.
- Confidential. Market analysis for potential investor in European RoRo ferry operation
- Turkey 2017/18: Global market study for marble exporting hub.
- Baltic Sea RoRo logistics hub 2015: benchmarking of existing and planned investments in port capex and maintenance
- Turkey 2014: due diligence on Turkish port's investment plan


- Port development plan appraisal and capital expenditure scrutiny for US Private Equity investment into existing port and container terminal


- West Africa: Independent adviser on new port development project for regional government and national port bodies

- West Africa: O&M adviser and peer reviewer on LTA team for 2.5m TEU container terminal development
manatee county port

- Gulf Port: new container terminal feasibility analysis and investment options for P3 transaction

We work with public and private sector organisations and have a particular interest in P3 arrangements (public private partnerships) and in port centric economic development to improve productivity and generate growth.
BPA conference 2013
Our relationship with the influential British Ports Association and its members ( includes origination of the BPA Dashboard with monthly, quarterly and annual tracking of
  • key economic statistics

  • UK port traffic and throughput statistics

  • international trade figures

  • trends on key commodities and services for ports including energy feedstocks, unitised freight, dry bulks, renewable energy and fishing

Stephen Taylor is a regular adviser on key market trends and business development opportunities for delegates at the national BPA Conference.

Turn to international experience, proven strategies

Stephen Taylor PCLP

Port Centric Logistics Partners (PCLP) has the deep expertise and real-world experience needed to construct an intelligent, comprehensive strategy for ports and logistics hubs and their communities, including investment opportunity packages to public and private investors. As a “critical friend” or strategic adviser, PCLP and its associates thrive in multi-disciplinary and multi-partner projects to formulate investment solutions for Port owners, terminal operators, Port users and their stakeholders

Our Advisory Services

  • Interpret global logistics trends and dynamics to identify opportunities for your region/port
  • Market driven evaluation of your potential and capacity planning
  • Logistics system assessments for your port and its economic hinterland
  • Definition of critical infrastructure elements and port capacity analysis for logistics, property and facility strategies