Projects

Mercator International has served a diverse and international portfolio of hundreds of clients, and the consulting team has executed over 300 engagements around the world since 2009. To view a sample of representative project descriptions, click on an industry sector to expand the selection.

Financial Institutions

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Dry Bulk Terminals Due Diligence

Conducted commercial and operational due diligence on bulk terminals in NA, SA, and Europe for a global infrastructure investor.

Container Terminals Due Diligence

Analyzed the markets, infrastructure, volumes/revenues, and operations of a terminal operator’s portfolio for a global infrastructure fund.

Litigation & Arbitration

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Expert Testimony on Latin America Concession

Prepared reports and provided expert testimony for proceeding at the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Expert Testimony on Africa Concession

Mercator International prepared a report and expert testimony for a London Court of International Arbitration dispute proceeding.

Terminal Operators

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Sell-Side Due Diligence for Multi-Purpose Global Terminal Operator

Mercator was engaged by an operator of a portfolio of container and multi-purpose terminals in Europe, the Mediterranean, and South America to provide support for its efforts to raise capital.

Assess Traffic Prospects for Brazilian Terminal

A world’s leading terminal operator engaged Mercator International to assess future container traffic prospects for a new terminal in Brazil.

Port Authorities

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Mercator Provides Advisory Services to the Québec Port Authority for the Development of Project Laurentia with Hutchison Ports and CN Rail

On May 28, 2019, the Québec Port Authority (QPA) announced a long-term commercial agreement with Hutchison Ports and the Canadian National Railway (CN) to build and operate a new deepwater container terminal known as Project Laurentia. Project Laurentia has a unique strategic location, with water depths that will allow Neo-Panamax container ships to deliver imports […]

Long-Term Forecast for Southern California Port Authority

Mercator International prepared long-term forecasts for container and non-container traffic through ports for a SOCAL port authority.

Ocean Carriers

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Most BCOs are paying too much in bunker surcharges, and for some, the problem is about to get much worse

IMO 2020[i] sulfur regulations are about to force an unprecedented reduction in the sulfur content of fuels burned on the open ocean, and this will cause the differential between oil prices and bunker prices to rise dramatically over the second half of 2019 and into 2020. In anticipation of rising oil prices and rising fuel […]

Vessel Deployment and Vessel Design Strategy for Container/Ro-Ro Carrier

Provided a niche container / ro-ro vessel operator with analysis to assess future ship construction priorities.

Rail & Motor Companies

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Most BCOs are paying too much in bunker surcharges, and for some, the problem is about to get much worse

IMO 2020[i] sulfur regulations are about to force an unprecedented reduction in the sulfur content of fuels burned on the open ocean, and this will cause the differential between oil prices and bunker prices to rise dramatically over the second half of 2019 and into 2020. In anticipation of rising oil prices and rising fuel […]

Railroad Cargo Flow Identification

Mercator International was engaged by a major Canadian Class-1 railroad to assist in formulating marketing/pricing strategies to capture U.S. traffic.

Real Estate Investors

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Competitive Positioning Analysis

A major real estate investor/developer evaluated the acquisition of a network of warehouses for resin products in the U.S. Gulf coast region.

Warehousing/DC Demand Analysis

A property development company retained Mercator International to identify logistics complex locations with the most favorable demand and supply conditions.

Importers & Exporters

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US trade talks with China

As the US continues to negotiate more favorable terms of its trade policy, a first round of tariffs on China originally covering 818 tariff lines worth $34 billion of 2017 import value has escalated to $200 billion of Chinese goods, with a bigger wave of measures also in the pipeline. With the $200 billion round […]

Ocean Freight Risk Analysis and Carrier Negotiations

Mercator assisted a beneficial cargo owner in developing rate strategies to mitigate the risk of future ocean carrier disruptions to its supply chain.

Public Agencies

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Long-Term Import/Export Forecast

Mercator International was retained by the Australian State of Victoria’s Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) to produce a long-term forecasts.

Alternative Coastwise Liner Services

Mercator International worked with teams of consulting firms to design and analyze alternative coastwise liner services in U.S. East Coast ports.

Business Owners in the Shipping and Logistics Sector

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Niche Container Shipping Line Sale

Mercator International assisted the ownership group of a niche container shipping line with the successful sale of the business to another shipping line.

Caribbean Marine Terminal Forecast & Sale

An independent Caribbean marine terminal operator retained Mercator International to assist with the analysis and sale of his company.