Public-private partnerships in port areas: Lessons learned from case studies in Antwerp and Rotterdam

Bart Wiegmans, Niek Mouter, Thierry Vanelslander, Stefan Verweij

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The cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is a widely used approach for the appraisal of transport projects, but criticisms on it have led to the development of alternatives such as the BENEFIT approach. This book chapter analyzes three cases of infrastructure investments in port areas in Belgium and the Netherlands, by application of the BENEFIT approach. We find inter alia that differences in country performance on internationally accepted indicators can influence differences in infrastructure investments between countries. Moreover, infrastructure projects with larger revenue-generating possibilities will influence the PPP (public-private partnership) potential of this type of projects in a positive way. Applying different appraisal methods to the same infrastructure project might help to arrive at infrastructure project investment approvals that are well-documented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Public Private Partnerships in Transportation, Vol. 1
Subtitle of host publicationAirports, Water Ports, Rail, Buses, Taxis, and Finance
EditorsSimon Hakim, Robert M. Clark, Erwin A. Blackstone
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-83484-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-83483-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameCompetitive Government: Public Private Partnerships
ISSN (Print)2524-4183
ISSN (Electronic)2524-4191


  • Cooperation
  • Port areas
  • PPP


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