Port Management & Cargo Operations

Advice and consultancy on all aspects of efficient cargo handling operations, optimum port management, the upgrading of existing terminal equipment and new container terminal projects

The IPC team has worked on several new container terminal projects, preparing handling equipment fleet schedules and the phasing of associated capex. Our work on existing terminals includes estimating capacity based on resources and performance to assess additional equipment requirements. All such projects involved creating capex schedules to replace equipment coming to the end of its useful life.

We have also given assistance on the selection of dust control devices in ports where airborne pollution has been deemed problematic. IPC experts have broad knowledge and experience in providing solutions where airborne dust presents operational or health hazards in the port environment.

General Cargo

IPC experts have considerable experience in the handling of general cargo in a variety of different trades from chilled meat, fruit, palletised and pre-slung commodities. Such an example includes the island of St Helena following the proposal to construct an airport on the island there was a requirement to undertake  assessment of what future traffic would travel by air and what would still be required to be moved by sea.

Container Operations

Our specialists have many year’s hands on experience in the day to day operations of different size container terminals from small single crane operations to large multi berth international terminals in different countries of the world. We have provided assistance in increasing terminal production rates and manpower training. 

Dry Bulk Handling

In addition to the practical management of dry bulk terminals IPC has provided assistance in improving production levels in a number of coal, fertiliser and other specialist terminals IPC has specialist knowledge of dust control and methods of handling dusty products to contain airborne pollution from dust cargoes and can provide the specialist advice to minimise this problem.

Ro-Ro Operations

IPC experts have supplied guidance and assistance in the operation of Ro-Ro facilities handling a wide range of traffic, including self -drive vehicles, MAFI style roll trailer operations and general unaccompanied freight trailers as well as a wide range of project cargo on wheels. 

Plant and Equipment

With the experience gained in many years’ experience of the full range of cargo handling operations IPC experts can provide  comprehensive advice in the selection and range of the cargo handling equipment use in today’s modern ports. Maintenance programmes can be assessed and cost or operational availability improvements recommended.

Performance Improvements

IPC has given specific advice to various global and individual terminal operators to include capacity assessments, bench marking, due diligence reviews, assessment of competitor terminals, capex and opex reviews, equipment proposals and planning of staged facility developments. Assistance has been given to ports in a number of developing countries to improve throughput and to achieve performance levels comparable to more developed container orientated port facilities.

Equipment Maintenance

Our port engineers are available to provide expert advice and assistance in devising both planned and scheduled maintenance programmes for all types of plant and equipment.

Gate Strategies

With the requirements to minimise waiting times for vehicles at port facilities – especially container terminals – we can assist with the introduction or improving  the various procedures applied at the port or terminal entrance and departure gates, including liaison-ships with national authorities such as Customs  and Coast Guard officials.

Data Processing

In conjunction with our experts in the selection of the most suitable TOS for the specific terminal facility we can also provide the introduction of compatible data processing programmes to provide a seamless technology for the specific port operation.

Port Audits

For a number of years IPC has been closely involved in an annual audit of a major container terminal on behalf of the various investors. As advisors to various funding agencies, IPC members have been requested to carry out audits of various port facilities. These have included full financial and operational audits of container and other port facilities in different parts of the world.



26 Rue Van Elewyck
1050 Brussels

Telephone: +32 (0)2 648 0046
Email: info@port-consultants.com


20 Mortlake High Street
SW14 8JN
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 4524 5950
Email: info@port-consultants.com