NEWS

>> MDST's projections for 2017.more.

>> SM Line - its first months.more.

>> North American East Coast Port Expansion.more.

>> Japan-EU Trade Deal.more.

>> The Ocean Network Express.more.

>> The Qatar crisis: impact on container shipping services.more.

>> Maritime Professional Services Award.more.

>> Invest in rail freight to cut road congestion.more.

>> South Bradford Lorry Parking Study.more.

>> New Mega Alliances.more.

>> Businesses have their say on freight transport in the Marches.more.

>> Free trade zones at UK ports & airports.more.

>> Non alliance shipping lines.more.

>> New mega alliances.more.

>> Transpacific - port coverage from April 1st.more.

>> Are direct services becoming less attractive for shipping lines?. more.

>> What happens to the small ships post Panama Canal expansion?. more.

>> Maersk to acquire Hamburg-Sud and reinforce its presence on the Latin America routes. more.

>>£0.5 trillion of trade passes through UK ports. More.

>> The future of rail freight and private investment. More.

>> The Northern Freight and Logistics report. More. 

>> Oxford Cambridge Expressway Study. More.

>> The potential impact of Brexit on trade. More.

>> India - the impact of shipping lines’ consolidation and the cabotage rule change. More.

>> Iran – changes in maritime services post-sanctions. more.

>> 'India: The only way is up' say MDST in an article published by Lloyds List. More.

>> Hanjin’s collapse - A wake-up call to the industry? More.

>> Peak season 2016: could the seemingly more rational shipping lines restore stability to the market?. More.

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Market studies, feasibility studies and business cases

The consultancy carries out market and feasibility studies for freight transport services and infrastructure, based on analysis of the market and policy environment.  The work generally involves sizing and segmenting the market using in-house databases, analysing the competition and examining the key commercial and economic drivers of demand and supply.  We often use freight transport demand modelling techniques to estimate the impact of scenarios on demand in a market sector, transport corridor or for a particular service.  Our demand-side feasibility studies usually conclude with the development of a financial model, providing demand, revenue and profit analyses using financial modelling techniques and based on a full understanding of the underlying costs. 

These analyses can then be used to develop business cases for presentation to the boards of companies or to public sector bodies as part of Cost Benefit Analysis.

Traffic & revenue forecasts

The consultancy develops forecasts of traffic and revenue for transport infrastructure and services at a global, national and service level, based on modelling techniques and an understanding of the key economic drivers involved.  A quantitative approach is taken, generally based on our own databases and economic models and always on an understanding of the market and policy context within which change will occur.  

We forecast global supply and demand for the container shipping industry and have developed port, rail freight and air freight demand forecasts for governments, trade associations, infrastructure operators, transport service providers and financial institutions.

Transport capacity analysis

We provide analysis of transport capacity at a global scale for the container and RORO shipping industries.  We also analyse capacity issues at a micro level related to port infrastructure on behalf of the public sector and port authorities and related to the capacity of individual railway lines to accommodate additional services on behalf of the developers of rail freight distribution parks and housing developments.