Consulting

Our maritime consultancy combines subject matter expertise and data. We have invested significantly in building clean, comprehensive and effectively visualised data sets on maritime activity and trade. These includes trade flows, satellite tracking and access to information directly from ports. Our expertise means we know which questions to ask, and our data means we can answer them more quickly and to a level of detail that our competitors cannot match.

Our expertise is not limited to the maritime sector. At its core, maritime sector is a facilitator of other sectors and effective advice relies on a deep understanding of these other sectors is crucial. We have worked across infrastructure and energy and decades of experience of the container trade, meaning we know why things are moving  and what happens beyond the port gate.

Please get in touch to discuss how we can help you, or download a copy of our credentials below.

 

Our services

Market Analysis

  • Macroeconomics

  • Trade and Commodities

  • Maritime Shipping

  • Port Competition

  • Forecasting

M&A Transactions

  • Commercial Due Diligence

  • Technical Due Diligence

  • Sell & Buy Side Adviser

  • Lenders Adviser

  • Deal Origination

Strategy & Planning

  • Investment Modelling

  • Business Intelligence

  • Operational Benchmarking

  • Supply Chain Analysis

  • Concessions and PPP

 

data driven insights delivered by experts

We have helped shippers, ports and investors support major investment decisions, unravelled the impact of trade wars and helped to target new customers and regions of growth. We use our data analysis platforms to accurately back up the insights from our subject matter expertise.

 

Modelling

Financial and commercial modelling is crucial in supporting business cases and transactions. Our team has built full business plan models for existing and new build ports across the world, and across other infrastructure including road, rail, power and aviation.

Our team excels in building volume, cost and tariff models built to best practice and using a range of effective forecasting methodologies. We build our models to test all the scenarios that could affect a particular asset, and provide clear quality assurance documentation to demonstrate the robustness of the structure and inputs of our models.

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Project experience

GCT container terminal portfolio due diligence

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We undertook full commercial due diligence on the four North American GCT container terminals. Our commercial report provided a comprehensive overview of the North America container market and where the terminals could compete, including intermodal rail, terminal assets and hinterlands. We also assessed future opportunities and risks relating to capturing or losing specific services and hinterland market activity.

Our volume forecast model included four separate long term container forecasts for each of the terminals. We built up a picture of the activities of each terminal by trade partner and strings calling, and undertook sensitivity testing of economic growth, coastal shift and trade war scenarios. The client has taken our forecast model as the basis for all its future container port projects.

Maritime 2050: Future of UK maritime

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We were appointed as maritime specialists in a consultancy consortium to support the UK government on its vision for the sector by 2050. We identified the key drivers of change in maritime over the next 30 years and assessed their likelihoods and impacts, and then provided recommendations on what the UK can do to maximise opportunities and minimise risks. We assessed drivers across the priority themes of trade, infrastructure, technology, environment, security and people.

As part of the work we led workshops and interviews with stakeholders from across the sector and delivered deep analysis of key trends in the sector. The client highlighted ClipperMaritime in particular from the consortium for our excellent data, analysis and presentations.

Trade War Tariff Impact Assessment

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A port operator approached us to assess the potential impacts of the tariff impositions resulting from the emerging trade war in order to support a lending process. We undertook a comprehensive review of tariff announcements by the USA and China to determine the specific commodities and commodity codes that were under threat. We combined these with port-level commodity data to build a picture of the potential trade value and volumes that were subject to tariffs on a port-by-port basis.

We then looked at international movements in the under-threat commodities to see whether there was limited or extensive production elsewhere that could mean higher or lower elasticity of demand, to help our client which commodities are under particular threat of a tariff. This helped our client understand which commodities and ports were under particular threat. Our detailed and balanced report allowed our client to secure financing, and we have been subsequently appointed to provide further updates to the report as the trade war has escalated.