The Baden-Württemberg based Erdgas Südwest
GmbH intends to build an innovative bio-LNG plant (annual capacity of approx.
3,700 tonnes of biogenic LNG). The plant will only liquefy and store locally
produced biogas (on a pure biomass basis). The bio-LNG can be delivered as an
environmentally friendly fuel to the transport sector or fed as gas or
electricity into the (European) energy network.
The high level of innovation as well as the
congruence of the project with regional, national and European energy and
transport targets has prompted Erdgas Südwest to apply for EU funding within
the 2016 CEF Synergy Call.
Borchert advised the company strategically and designed, prepared and submitted
the application for a 60 percent subsidy. If the application is approved by the
responsible agency of the European Commission (INEA) then Wilhelm Borchert will
also assist the beneficiary in the mandatory project management.
Wilhelm Borchert GmbH advised the British
port operator PD Ports on public part-financing of a major port and intermodal
Wilhelm Borchert examined potential
European and national financing instruments for future-oriented investment and
expansion projects and prepared possible financing concepts on behalf of PD
Ports. Our analysis and recommendations for action have been used in the decision-making
and long-term project planning of the customer.
PD Ports is one
of UK’s leading port and logistics service providers. The company also manages
a comprehensive real estate portfolio. PD Ports is part of Canada-based
investor Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
The Finnish ferry company Finnlines Plc
(Finnlines) is part of the Grimaldi Group and with about 20 of its own combined
passenger cargo-ships it mainly serves the Baltic Sea and North Sea shipping
areas. Every year Finnlines carries more than 570,000 passengers, 624,000
loading units, 156,000 cars and more than 2 million tons of freight.
In the period 2014 to 2017, Wilhelm
Borchert worked for Finnlines Fördermittel i.H.v. 17.9 million Euros was raised
(number of grant applications: three under the European program CEF-T) with a
cumulated investment volume of just under 60 million Euros (corresponding to a
funding rate of 30%). Thematic focus of the promotion was on the ship related i.e.
the conversion to more environmentally friendly technologies and increased
efficiency. In doing so Wilhelm Borchert made a major contribution to ensuring
that Finnlines can continue to live up to the regulations and changed
requirements of the market and celebrate its best operating result since the
company was founded.
Wilhelm Borchert is responsible for ongoing
project management and all related administrative tasks in addition to the
application for funding. This includes the creation of reports and the planning
and execution of working meetings in addition to communication with all project
partners (including the INEA, which is the EU’s competent executive agency).
Currently, in consultation with Finnlines,
Wilhelm Borchert is looking for additional opportunities to support Finnlines’
large-scale ship-side investment program with suitable funding opportunities.
The high-frequency ferry connection between
the TEN-T core ports of Trelleborg and Swinoujscie links the growth markets of
Sweden / Scandinavia and Poland / Central-East Europe. Since 2007 the transport
volume (predominantly accompanied traffic) has grown by more than 15% per year.
In three successive applications for
funding (TEN-T and CEF-T) Wilhelm Borchert has continuously advised and
supported the consortium consisting of the port authorities and municipalities
of both countries since 2011. In doing so Wilhelm Borchert have taken on the
relevant evaluations and descriptions and the management of the documents and
stakeholders as well as actively supported the development of the subsidy
agreements and the reporting system.
By the end of
2019, over a period of just over 7 years, almost 30 million Euros of EU funding
for funding, construction, development and investigation work will have flown
into the Trelleborg-Swinoujscie line.
In his previous position as senior advisor
at BMT Transport Solutions Roman Poersch played a leading role in the vendor
due diligence of the port holding EUROPORTS for the then owner Babcock &
EUROPORTS Holding Sarl manages a portfolio
of European terminal and logistics companies with locations among others in
Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Finland, Italy and Spain. Overall the 25
port terminals handle around 46 million tonnes of bulk and general cargo as
well as containers.
multi-month process Mr. Poersch was responsible for the preparation of economic
due diligence (portfolio, service and location assessments, sensitivity and
SWOT analysis, turnover and turnover forecasts). In subsequent sales rounds Mr.
Poersch supervised the seller in Q & A sessions.
The high-frequency ferry service
(“Traffic Machine”) between the ports of Rostock and Gedser connects
Germany with Denmark. Since 2011 the terminal facilities of both ports have
been rebuilt and finally two new RoPax ferries entered service (2016/17). The
doubling of capacity also necessitated the adaptation of the hinterland
connections of both ports.
Borchert has contributed significantly to the financing of short sea shipping.
In 2010 (TEN-T) and 2014 (CEF-T) Wilhelm Borchert successfully applied for
funding from the European Commission totalling EUR 30.8 million for the MoS
project. Since then Wilhelm Borchert advises the consortium of Scandlines and
the port of Rostock on strategic issues and supports the partners in the
project implementation. In addition, Wilhelm Borchert are responsible for the
entire reporting system.
Wilhelm Borchert advises the port
management Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG as well as the Bremen Senator for
Economy, Labour and Ports on questions of strategic financing of port projects.
Various projects were supervised, such as the construction of a LNG-powered
folding barge, the construction of a heavy goods terminal (OTB) and the renewal
of railway infrastructure (including modern control and traffic control
Since the beginning
of 2011 grants amounting to almost 8 million Euros – mainly from the European
TEN-T / CEF-T programs – have been generated and implemented. In addition,
other national and European funding opportunities for current or planned
projects are regularly examined. An important aspect of Wilhelm Borchert’s
consulting services is the strategic design of a corresponding project.
The ports of
Bremen and Bremerhaven are the core ports of the European Transport Network
(TEN-T) and thus of outstanding importance for European and German transport.
As one of the largest railway harbours in Europe, Bremerhaven holds a
lighthouse position. In addition, the city of Bremen has set an early
sustainable development strategy for their ports.
Following the 2015 climate agreement in
Paris international stakeholders, but especially from the European side, will
put greater pressure on the shipping companies to make their contribution to
the implementation of the climate goals that have been set. Over the last few
years the IMO and the European Commission have adopted a series of regulations
aimed at limiting emissions from seagoing vessels and making maritime services
Wilhelm Borchert currently supports a
consortium of German and Cypriot shipowners in the strategic decision-making
and financial implementation of planned energy efficiency measures. In a
fleet-overlapping project data on ship-side bunker use and emissions will be
collected, analysed and improved with the goal of sustainable energy efficiency
Various funding opportunities at national
and European level were examined for the customers. Based on our analysis and
strategic recommendations an application under the European CEF-T program for
50% funding was designed, prepared and successfully submitted on behalf of the