Ocean Shipping Consultants (OSC) was established in 1985 as an independent economic consultancy company, specialising in shipping economics and port development. In April 2011, OSC was acquired by Royal HaskoningDHV.

OSC offers a comprehensive range of specialist consulting services in the maritime and infrastructure sectors. These commercial and financial services offer global support to the maritime, ports and logistics industries, ranging from market and technical feasibility studies, and cargo forecasting, to full transaction support, including the development of business models and financial planning.

The group has developed an unequalled database for trade, port and shipping markets, together with considerable and wide-ranging expertise accumulated on the part of the principals and consultants who comprise the team.

With over 300 projects in more than 65 countries successfully completed, OSC provides global bespoke consultancy services from offices in London, Amsterdam, Dubai and Singapore to more than 200 different clients, including port authorities, terminal operating companies, governments, shipping lines, logistics operators and the wider financial community. 

Shipping and cargo areas of specialist expertise include container terminals, dry and liquid bulks, ro-ro, general/breakbulk commodities, chilled/frozen goods, ferries, shipbuilding and repair, offshore vessels and passenger/cruise.

This service portfolio covers three different areas:

  • Evaluation & Operating
  • Strategic planning
  • Transaction activities 

The following range of services are undertaken for all cargo types listed and ensure that clients are able to make appropriate, well-informed decisions at all times.

Evaluation & Operating

The full range of services offered ranges from initial screening of potential projects whereby analysis is conducted to help clients determine whether to proceed with the opportunity, through to assessments on defined projects requiring independent opinion.  The services provided can be scaled from single assets through to global portfolios.

  • Project origination and evaluation
  • Competitive position
  • Strategy reformulation
  • Re-financing
  • Tariff studies
  • Cargo forecasting
  • Container forecasting and projections
  • Marketing plans
  • Hinterland analysis
  • Benchmarking/Key performance indicators
  • Equipment procurement
  • Capacity analysis and phasing

Strategic Services:

The ability to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives to provide deeper insight into clients’ needs across commercial, economic, financial, geographic and operational areas are the key area of team’s capabilities for these services.

  • Regulatory and concession advice
  • Business plan review
  • Policy advice
  • Feasibility and master planning
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Strategic development plans
  • Port expansion
  • Greenfield

Transaction Services:

The ability to understand, support and successfully complete complex transactions differentiates the service package offered. The team has an enviable track record advising on a high number of industry deals fully supporting the needs of clients’ and stakeholders.   

  • Due diligence asset support
  • Financial modelling
  • Financial analysis
  • Market forecasts
  • ‘Sell-side’ and ‘Buy-side’ preparation
  • Valuation support.
  • Project financing and PPP