Contributions

Onno ROELOFS

Managing Partner

Stig BV

(The Netherlands)

Onno Roelofs born in the Netherlands, 1974, is an International port and corridor developer. His combined background in business administration and Engineering, proves valuable. Starting in 2000 at Arthur Andersen, later to merge with Deloitte & Touche, Onno dealt with development, valuations and transactions. Subsequently he worked with consultancy firm Re-creations. A delegated portfolio manager this agency - operates mostly on European scale, enhances value for end-users. Onno then headed area development at BM in Hoofddorp providing independent project management which was taken over in 2006 by Royal Haskoning. In late 2007, he started his own company and until the end of 2011 Onno served the Port of Rotterdam. In a secondment to the commercial port operating division of the Rotterdam Port Authority he positively concluded multiple investment projects, including dry bulk, containers and biomass. The driving force was the 'enlargement of the Amazone-basin for Hutchinson, the 2nd most significant investment project. With current partner Arenso he founded Stig-delta in early 2011, providing business solutions the development and operation of ports areas and transport corridors. With activities in South-Africa, Colombia and Mexico, they seeks to expand in Latin America, Africa and Europe. Onno was tender manager for wind energy on Maasvlakte 2 and worked in 2013 for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct strategic research for development of multimodal transport in Colombia.

Port driven economic development or industry driven port development?

The aim of this paper was to identify opportunities for policy development in relation to urban planning for logistical economic activity with respect to the infrastructure investment plans as laid down by Transnet in the respective port areas of the three municipalities Saldanha Bay, Buffalo City and Richards Bay. Moreover, the objective was to capacitate municipalities and or the individuals involved. Therefore research was conducted that addressed the basic questions of why?, how? and what? municipalities currently do and how this could be improved to increase capacity. This paper narrows the solution to increase capacity down to the following two pillars: conditions and corporatization. Conditions means to increase understanding of clients’ and partners’ businesses to explore freedom and effectiveness of proceedings. Corporatization means to use more of a private sector mindset on all levels of the organization; this increases understanding, trust and operational effectiveness. The author proposes that the port, the IDZ and the municipality of which they are part are strongly interconnected and interdependent in a sense. This community as a whole would benefit most if they see itself as an entity with a common purpose but with an allocation of tasks to capacity and expertise. The paper concluded that the municipalities should understand LED to understand the purpose of local government (why), should corporatize and develop a strategy breakdown to achieve the overall objective set (how), and should operate with the mindset of a corporate entity and proactively deliver products and services, like marketing (what). Surprisingly and contrary to expectations the local governments may prove to play a bigger role in port development than port development plays in unlocking opportunities for the municipalities.
International Conference Cities and Ports / ISSN 2313-2124

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